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By: Karkoulas Sisters Racing
February 24 2017
Karkoulas Sisters Racing Celebrates Family with Top Finishes
Oakwood, Ontario – Karkoulas Sisters Racing (KSR) couldn’t think of a better way to spend the Family Day holiday weekend, than at the snowcross track surrounded by friends, family and fans. On February 18 and 19, the team spent the weekend doing what they love, together, under the sunny skies at Georgian Downs Raceway in Barrie, Ontario.
This past weekend marked the fourth race of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) event schedule. The Royal Distributing Cup was certainly a race to see. With mild temperatures and bright blue skies, the tone was set for a little more laid back pit area but fierce competition out on the track for KSR racers, Brooklyn (age 12), Dakota (age 10), and Zoe (age 7)
Zoe started the weekend out as the first KSR rider to hit the track. She practiced hard and was ready for the light to turn green so she could test out her dad’s hard work and time spent on her Polaris 120 stock 2 snowmobile. The firm, long track was in mint condition and saw Zoe go 2-2 in her heats and fifth in her final. Her real shining moment, however, was when she was one of many kids in the Briggs final that took a nasty spill. Due to a delay in the program, the kids raced their finals after the Pro’s had been out so the track was a little too much for the 120 riders with numerous crashes occurring. Zoe was no exception, finding herself nose diving after a steep jump. She completed the race and returned right to the line for her back to back line up, enduring a bruised hip and wrist like a true racer champ and pulled off her fifth place in Stock 2. The incident did not deter Zoe, who was eager and ready to race again on her Briggs Sunday morning.
Dakota started the weekend by shedding her balaclava and mittens, and instead donning motocross gloves and tinted Dragon goggles. Smooth but fierce riding all weekend long saw Dakota place in the top six in Novice A, top five heats for Transition 8-13 (mixed) with eighth and ninth in finals. Dakota rode hard and consistent to earn her third place finish in transition girls. Smart line choices and strong maneuvering of her Ski-Doo 600RS had her exhibiting some of her best riding ever.
Brooklyn took the track with her usual focus and determination lending to strong heats including a first and second in the highly competitive Transition 8-13 mixed class. Transition Girls was one win away from a clean sweep but still first overall both days. Many laps were lead, which resulting in a one dollar per lap donation to the Laps for Muscular Dystrophy (“Laps for MD”) program. Brooklyn aims to strengthen her confidence in achieving more air time smoothly and safely in the upcoming weeks.
A late start saw the CSRA race program running behind schedule which had the girls halt their racing efforts after their heats and motos until the feature afternoon program was completed. This delay in racing afforded the girls the perfect opportunity to kick their feet up with friends and take in the main events. They were able to cheer on affiliated Bailey Motorsports team members as they were tearing up the track with multiple hard earned respectable finishes. Pro Open saw two Bailey Motorsports riders that can surely teach KSR racers a thing or two about grabbing air, Stale Eggen #799 and Mitch King #18 taking fourth and fifth respectively. Issac St.Onge #117 once again dominated the Sport 600 class with smooth, steady riding making snowcross racing look effortless. Ryan Hunt #729 secured a huge win in the Pro Lite Stock charging the track with fierce resolve.
Karkoulas Sisters Racing would like to thank their sponsors and supporters: Bailey Motorsports, Lucas Oil, Off Road Vixens, Backwoods Promotions, Backcountry Motorsports Media, Dayco Products, Stud Boy Traction, Choko Design, Gamma Powersports, Zoan Helmets and Dragon Goggles.
RESULTS: To see full results for both KSR & Bailey Motorsports, visit www.snowcross.com/race-results
NEXT RACE: March 4-5, 2017 at Timmins, ON
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WEBSITE: For more information about KSR, visit www.KRacing.ca