The Keene, ON racer took his Jodi Christie Racing / Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR to a comfortable 6.972-sec. victory over fellow Honda rider Kris Garvie and the Suzuki GSX-R750 of Alex Welsh in the 12-lap Pro Superbike race on the SMP ‘Pro’ track.
Earlier in the day, Christie had scored a 5.458-sec. win with his Honda CBR600RR in the 12-lap Pro 6 Cycle and Dunlop Tires-sponsored Pro 600 feature ahead of the Yamaha YZF-R6 of Will Hornblower and Garvie’s CBR600RR.
“I’m going after both of these championships,” said Christie, who also swept both Pro races at the previous RACE round last month. “But staying on the bike and getting lots of track time is also good training for the national series too.”
Christie resumes his chase of the Mopar Canadian Superbike and Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike national titles next weekend at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S.
Christie was the class of the field in both Pro races on Sunday. He got the holeshot in the Pro Superbike event and by the end of two laps was already 2.751 secs. clear. He steadily increased his lead from there.
“When I slowed the pace I was pushing the front end a little, but otherwise there were no problems,” Christie said. “At mid-race I smoothed out my riding but the lap times stayed the same. With about three or four laps to go I really backed off.”
Behind the winner a number of battles livened up the race. Welsh held the runner-up spot for the first four laps before Garvie got by on his Honda Canada / Fast Company / Platinum Painting CBR1000RR. But the former national star from Uxbridge, ON, making his first racing appearance of 2014, stayed close to Garvie and almost regained second place in the hairpin leading on to the back straight on the final lap, briefly getting the AW7R Suzuki in front before slipping back to third.
There was also a fierce scrap for fourth between Jim Proulx and Franklyn Dominguez. Dominguez held the edge for the first eight laps on the OCM Motor Sports / egopay.com Kawasaki ZX-10R before Proulx slipped his Yamaha YZF-R1 ahead through turn one on lap nine. From there the Ottawa racer managed to open up a gap of about a second to secure fourth while Hudson, QC’s Dominguez settled for fifth.
And “promoted” Amateur aces Derrick Whyte and Tim Toldnes both snuck by Steve Walker on the final lap to claim sixth and seventh, respectively, as Walker, in his fourth feature of the day, faded with an apparent cramp.
Christie performed a similar disappearing act in the Pro 600 race, taking the holeshot and steadily stretching his lead.
Elie Daccache initially held second on his Yamaha YZF-R6, but was passed by Garvie on lap two. Hornblower then took over third on his Hornblower Racing / Blue Streak Yamaha and chased down Caledon, ON’s Garvie, snatching the runner-up spot in turn two on the final lap when Garvie had trouble with lapped traffic.
Daccache took fourth despite constant pressure from top Amateurs Tommy Casas and Stacey Nesbitt. After Casas pitted from fifth place two laps before the end Nesbitt took up the challenge and hounded Daccache over the line.
OCM teammate Nesbitt and Casas were the stars of Amateur action on Sunday at Shannonville. Nesbitt extended her Amateur Superbike points lead with her second victory in a row on the OCM Motor Sports / FTR / Honda Canada Honda CBR600RR, but only after Casas ran off at the hairpin while leading the race two laps from the end. Casas did recover to finish second, 4.8 secs. behind on his OCM Yamaha YZF-R6.
Oshawa, Ont.’s Whyte placed third after seeing off a challenge from Toldnes on the Inglis Cycle-backed Kawasaki.
In the Orillia Motor Sports-sponsored Amateur 600 race, Casas got the holeshot and led all the way, although this time the Peterborough racer ran off the end of the backstraight on the final lap. Fortunately his lead was large enough – 14 seconds – that he was allowed this indiscretion and still managed to beat Nesbitt by 3.7 seconds.
Nesbitt, the points leader coming into the race, had to recover from a horrible start that left the St-Lazare, QC teen working her way up from sixth at the end of the opening lap of the 10-lap race.
Yamaha rider Steve Hamer held off the ProStar Motorsports Honda CBR600RR of Tony Lanni for third.
In other action at Shannonville, Oakville, ON’s Cameron Walker extended his lead in the 250 Production point standings with an impressive victory in which he shattered his own lap record from qualifying Saturday on two occasions, finally settling for a 1:21.718 on his Honda CBR250R.
Carleton Place, ON racer Steve ‘Doc’ Walker, no relation to Cameron, took both the Middleweight Masters and Middleweight Sportsman victories aboard his BMW R1200GS, Proulx claimed the Masters Open win on his R1, Brian Madeley took Lightweight Sportsman on his Kawasaki and Todd Ferguson was victorious in Novice riding a Suzuki.
--By John Hopkins