Montreal, September 20, 2004-- The karting facility of Grand-Mere, Quebec was the host of the final two rounds of the Quebec Karting Championship in the Rotax-Bombardier category. With qualifications and races held on both Saturday and Sunday,...
Montreal, September 20, 2004-- The karting facility of Grand-Mere, Quebec was the host of the final two rounds of the Quebec Karting Championship in the Rotax-Bombardier category. With qualifications and races held on both Saturday and Sunday, Team Maxjet entered three works drivers. Maxime Longtin won the finale on Saturday and had his eyes set on the title. However, he faced trouble but managed to clinched 3rd place in the final standings.
A truly professional organisation, Team Maxjet was all smiles on Saturday afternoon after their driver Maxime Longtin had captured pole position and victories in the pre-finale and finale races. Longtin had scored the highest number of points available and the title seemed easily accessible the next day.
Trouble at the start
On Sunday morning Longtin set the 3rd fastest time in qualifying. Unfortunately, his dream turned into a nightmare when he was sandwiched between two competitors moments after the start of the finale. Longtin fell down to last place and knew perfectly that he had just lost the title. But he decided to race hard to score as many points as possible because a second or third-place finish in the championship was still possible. Lap after lap, the team Maxjet driver passed competitors but competition was fierce. At the end, Longtin crossed the line in 12th place, giving him 3rd position in the series' final standings.
Ronald Arsenault, the owner of team Maxjet, was disappointed with the outcome of the race. "There's always things happening in racing. There are things you simply cannot control. And the behaviour of other competitors is something you cannot control. Team Maxjet always provided their drivers with the best possibilities to race at the front of the pack and that's exactly what happened again here today," he declared.
Team MaxJet is getting prepared for the ultimate race of the Cup of Montreal series to be held next Saturday at SH Karting in St. Hilaire.
Team Max Jet is supported by the ISAAC data acquisition system, Max Jet, the PSL Karting race team and CRG chassis. For more information about the Max Jet race team, please visit the web site: www.maxjet.ca.
Final standings of the 2004 Quebec Championship
Rotax Max-Bombardier Senior category
1-Kelly Mark Michaud - Ontario
3- Maxime Longtin - Maxjet
September 25, Cup of Montreal, SH Karting