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ROK CUP Crowns a Champion

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Sept 6,7 2014

Greg Moore Raceway hosted the final round of the Rok Cup Canada Championship in conjunction with the West Coast Kart Club closing out the string of big race events at the Chilliwack based race track. Neck and neck is the only way to describe this championship with PSL West's Jordan Redlin coming in behind RaceLab's Chris Eagles in a fight where every last point would count. By the end of Saturdays warm up it would be apparant that this battle would not ease up as the gap between Eagles, Redlin and Past winners Kris Hoffbeck (FK) and Bob Wakeling (FK) were all looking strong and ready for a tight race.

In Saturday's Qualifying it was a RaceLab front row with Hoffbeck claiming the pole with Eagles taking 2nd, Redlin's CRG 3rd and Wakeling sitting next to him in 4th. At the start of the race there was some shuffling that saw Wakeling, Eagles, and Redlin battling for position while Hoffbeck would be out front working on his lead. Misfortune would later strike Redlin as he would retire due to an electrical issue. Once Redlin's departure occurred things settled down up front as Eagles and Wakeling comfortably crossed the line in 2nd and 3rd postion looking good for the final.  With an Electrical change to Redlin's kart he found his pace once again in the Final and wasted no time getting into the mix with Wakeling and Eagles who he managed to make his way passed. Redlin then managed to overtake Hoffbeck for the lead and was able to retain it while the team of FK's battled amongst themselves with Eagles taking the 2nd place spot from Hoffbeck enabling to keep the points battle close with Redlin's advantage at 1 point going into Sunday.

Sunday morning was upon the ROKKERS and the possibility of being the World Finals representative was definitely stirring excitement throughout the paddock and rarely is a championship so close between 2 drivers. Once again in the morning the top three from Saturday's final were within less than a tenth of a second in warm up and going into qualifying it was anyones race to be won. In qualifying it would be Kris Hoffbeck taking the pole with a time of 51.987. It would be Eagles sitting next to him on the front row while Redlin would sit 3rd alongside Wakeling. The Pre Final was kicked off with Eagles jumping into the lead and Hoffbeck following while Redlin and Wakeling battled for position allowing the top 2 a chance to get away. This paved the way for a somewhat uneventful race as Eagles set times running 3/10's of a second ahead of the next driver and opened up a healthy lead. Hoffbeck back off once realizing the RaceLab team had put a gap on Redlin and would opt to reduce his pace and save his tires for the final and in the process allowing Wakeling to take the 2nd place spot from him.

The Final saw more of the same as the green flag dropped and Eagles ran out into the lead and the boys behind him all battled through the first few corners with Redlin getting the short end of the deal as he fell back into 5th at one point with Jason Houghton putting his CRG in front of him in the first corner. Hoffbeck sat behind Eagles aware that his team mate was in the hunt for the championship and decided to not put that at risk and sat in 2nd until Eagles had opened a comfortable gap from him. Making his way back up to the front was Redlin who nearing the end of the final started knocking on Hoffbeck's door and the two of them began to swap positions with Redlin getting the better of Hoffbeck on the last corner of the last lap to take second as Eagles kept his lead from the green flag to the checkered flag. Eagles in only his third season of competition will be Team Canada's representative in the Super Rok category this coming October in Lonato Italy at South Garda Raceway where he will be running with the Race Lab Racing Team.

 

RaceLab Puts it on the Podium With Kris Hoffbeck

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This past weekend the Racelab Racing Team took to Greg Moore Raceway to compete in the final round of the Western Canadian Championships. The predominantly ROK powered team ventured into Rotax territory in an effort to display the ability of the Formula K chassis which has garnered world wide attention due to it's performance in the Rotax categories around the world.  With Kris Hoffbeck having last driven a Rotax and Mojo tires 5 years ago it took some time for adjustment and with some time on track the Kamloops B.C racer found some good pace while his team mate Chris Eagles also worked on finding his pace with no practice time being available to him due to work conflicts.

With the 8 tires for 3 races rules for the WCC strategy definitely came into play and all types were on display as some drivers shuffled between sets in every possible combination but only the RaceLab team opted to go the whole way on one set. Despite that strategy Hoffbeck still ran strong through both Friday and Saturday but unfortunately both days was knocked out from behind taking him out of contention. On Sunday Hoffbeck made his way to the front of the pack in the pre final when making a pass on series leader Bryce Choquer,  Hoffbeck couldn't make it stick with the lack of grip from his two day old tires and had to settle for 5th. This however would prove to be a good starting spot sitting inside Row 3 for the final where he would strike fast at the green flag and make his way up to 3rd then eventually overtaking for 2nd but race leader Luke Selliken of Oregon had already established a good lead. While Hoffbeck pushed his FK to chase the leader it was not going to happen as Selliken ran a strong pace consistently and took the checkered flag first while Hoffbeck would take 2nd and be the first Canadian to cross the line.  Team mate Chris Eagles showed promise in the final making up a few positions and setting his personal best times in Rotax in the process which was considered to be a success with his limited testing time on the kart.


Newcomer Logan Jones entered his first ever race outside the West Coast Kart Club and also continued to drop his times but the rookie was also faced with limited practice time and by the end of the weekend was very positive with his improvements.

The Race Lab team is now preparing for the Final round of the Rotax Pro Kart Can Am Challenge this upcoming weekend also at Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack and would like to thank their sponsors and partners which include: Formula K SRL, KGK, FreeM, Unipro, DWT

 

 

 

 

RaceLab Acquires a New Chassis Table

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While most tend to put all of their focus on motor maintenance, how about the chassis that the motor is propelling 3G's around hairpin corners? Well it is true that frames go out of form over time and not always from accidents but just the wear and tear of battling grip, power, and hard cornering. We recently took delivery of a beautiful chassis table from Italy that we can now mount any chassis on whether it be a Mini kart or full size adult kart. We can check to make sure the frame hasn't "sagged" or been tweaked in any little shunts that you may have forgotten about.

 

Briggs LO206 Package Rentals Available for CANAM and WESTERNS

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We will be present at this August's CAN AM Challenge as well as Western Canadian Championships where we will be offering Rental Packages on our Formula K LO206 Racing Karts for either events. This is a great way to be a part of a big event for an affordable price and enjoy some great fun racing with no stress. Contact the RaceLab for more info.

 

 
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