Weather brings early end to Shannonville regional action

SHANNONVILLE, Ont. - Unseasonably cool and wet weather forced the cancellation of the opening round of the RACE regional series at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Sunday, including the second round of the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 national series.

Eric Quintin of Notre Dame d’Ile Perrot, Que, went into the history books as the first winner for the Kawasaki spec series with a flag-to-flag victory on Saturday. Jared Walker of Oakville, Ont. finished second on Saturday and pole position qualifier Brandon Pemberton of Windsor, N.S. completed the podium finishers.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 National Series will resume on the opening weekend of full Mopar CSBK national action back at SMP in two weeks, May 27-29. 

Series organizers have tentatively planned to run the second round of the Ninja series on the Friday of that weekend. The race would only be open to those competitors who had qualified at SMP this weekend. The third and fourth rounds of the Kawasaki spec series will be held on the Saturday and Sunday of the national weekend as originally scheduled.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jordan Szoke is the pre-season favourite for the feature Mopar Pro Superbike class. The BMW Motorrad racer was undefeated on his way to the overall National crown in 2015. Szoke has already earned the coveted Canada Cup Trophy a record 10 times.

Szoke was at Shannonville last Thursday and Friday and approached the Pro Circuit lap record during practice for the opening regional. Following Friday’s track time Szoke opted to return to his Lynden, Ont. home as conditions were unsuitable for testing.