Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Section

Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit

Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit

Vancouver Island
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 8:30am
Duncan
British Columbia

Report by Rob Watson, photos from Barry Patchett

Hot on the heels of the Motor Gathering, our Section enjoyed a half day at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit Sunday, September 3rd, and combined it with our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Circuit rental fee was a gift to the Section from Three Point Motors.

We had a small but enthusiastic group of 17 participants, with just 4 cars and drivers. The end-of-summer long weekend, and perhaps the excellent turnout at our 2016 Circuit Event probably contributed to the low participation this year.

Patrick Braspenning, the Operations Manager at the Motorsport Circuit, and Shane Routhier, our Instructor, did excellent work in making the day memorable for those of us who attended. Shane started with a short classroom introduction and provided a good overview of the rules of the Circuit. Before anyone got too antsy, we were led through the Circuit in a convoy, stopping at four of the critical corners while Shane gave a detailed briefing on what to expect and how to drive them. Following that, he led us in a “train” for a couple of laps and then . . . wow! We were let loose. No need to follow the driver ahead in a convoy, no restrictions, except for the observing the Circuit rules and good driving practices. For the few of us driving, it was a unique and exhilarating experience. We took a break to give our brakes and engines (and ourselves!) a rest and then were able to invite some of those there to observe for a spin to experience the thrill of the Circuit.

 

Array ( [domain_id] => 47 [subdomain] => vancouverisland.mbca.org [sitename] => Vancouver Island [scheme] => https [valid] => 1 [weight] => -15 [is_default] => 0 [machine_name] => vancouverisland_benzowners_org [path] => https://vancouverisland.mbca.org/ [site_grant] => 1 )