Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, August 15th, 2019. – A crucial stop on the HRL circuit will take place on September 7th and 8th at the Regates de Beauharnois at Bourcier Park. During this weekend the Champions of the 2019 season will be crowned.
Jersey Speed Skiff Class
As of this year the JSS class is an official class within the HRL series. Tom Pakradooni is currently the leader in the championship with 317 points. With two stops to go in the season, Pakradooni has a comfortable 118-point lead over Dave Greenlaw JSS-99. However nothing is certain for 2nd and 3rd place in the HRL championship since Louis-Alexandre Beaudoin and Samuel Tremblay can still climb to the top 3 spots in the championship.
Class 2.5 liters
Currently in the 2.5L class in the championship, the driver of the S-404 Power Shot, Richard Wilhelm, has met his expectations this season. He who had the goal of finishing in the top 3 in the championship in order to move to the F2500 or Hydro 350 certainly has a good chance to reach his goal with 49 points ahead of Derek Demers, driver of the S-44 Wave Dancer. And Yves Villeneuve, champion of the 81st edition of the 2019 Valleyfield Regatta, is currently in third place with 313 points, 96 points from first place. Drivers Tremblay, Chiasson / Henderson, Fortin and Lemieux will certainly want to impress the crowd for their last outing of the season.
Class Formula 2500
With 414 points, Bobby King is in first place in the Formula 2500 class. As you remember he was also a leader in the championship at this same time last year. Unfortunately, it was a difficult weekend for the driver, and it was Dylan Runne who won the event and the HRL championship. Will he be able to attain his goal on the Beauharnois racecourse this year? Only 38 points behind we find the F-63 SLR Racing team driven by Scott Liddycoat. With his victory at the Regates de Valleyfield he has high expectations for the last race of the season. Steve Armstrong is currently third with 48 points behind the F-92. He can still hope to win the championship if he has good results at the races in Beauharnois. Only 20 points of difference separate the 2nd position to the 5th. Marc Lalonde, who is currently in 6th place, will certainly want to continue his good progress following the North Tonawanda event and end the 2019 season with a victory in front of parents, friends and supporters.
Hydro 350 class
Dylan Runne, defending champion of the 2018 Formula 2500 HRL Series sits atop the Hydro 350 class with 482 points. Will he be able to keep his title of champion in this new class? That’s what we will find out since Donny Allen driving the H-14 is following very close just 11 points behind. Nicolas Rousse is in 3rd position with only 13 points behind the leader. Before the final race in Beauharnois, changes in the championship will certainly happen at the Detroit Regatta that will take place on August 24th and 25th. Yannick Léger, currently in 5th place is only 36 points from the leader. Let’s not forget the 9 other Quebecers competing in this class who will all want to leave with the title of winner at this event event. The competition will be at an all time high for the Regates de Beauharnois in the Hydro 350 class!
Grand Prix Class
Jimmy King to date is at the top of the ranking with the GP-777. With his last two victories at Valleyfield and North Tonawanda, he has a 33-point lead over Brandon Kennedy GP-25. King will certainly want to win the Grand Prix class title for the HRL 2019 season. However, nothing is to be taken for granted as there are still two stops on the circuit to run before declaring the winner. Douglas Rapp, meanwhile, is in 3rd position with the GP-79 62 points from the first position. Remember that this is his first year in the Grand Prix class, perhaps he will have the opportunity to surprise us with a first place at Regates de Beauharnois?
To not miss a weekend that promises to be very emotional, join us in Beauharnois on September 7th and 8th. The competition promises to be at its highest level.