CSBK Lightweight Joins VRRA for Summer Classic at Calabogie in 2019

Round two of the Vintage Road Racing Association’s 2019 Schedule at Calabogie Motorsport Park, June 28-30, will include a round of the CSBK’s National Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike category.  For the first time, the VRRA will host a modern National road race class, at the famed Calabogie venue in the Township of Greater Madawaska, south west of Ottawa, Ontario.

Along with the VRRA’s regular selection of events for a variety of classic machinery, the “VRRA Summer Classic/CSBK Lightweight National” will include two National races for the new-in-2018 category for small displacement, street-based sports machines.  The Lightweight category is a major category for rider development, and mirrors similar categories in the U.S.A. with Moto America’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup as well as in the World Superbike supporting European Cup.

The Calabogie venue is a rider favourite, with 20 turns over the 5.05-KM circuit length, and a 2,000 ft long straightaway.   The complete CSBK tour has run at Calabogie in 2008, 2009 and 2015.  At the most recent event, the VRRA provided a successful support class event as part of the National Championship’s weekend at Calabogie.

The VRRA round will also offer other opportunities for National competitors, including Friday afternoon’s Tradition endurance race.  Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike National racers were previously invited to compete at the final 2018 VRRA race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  As well, Shannonville Motorsport Park-based RACE Events will also offer some support class sprint action that would allow for further track time for LTWT class competitors.

“When the opportunity comes around to promote our sport that we all love so much, we jump at it,” explained VRRA President Colin Duncan.  “There is no better way than to introduce newcomers and long-time enthusiasts to one of the great racing surfaces in Canada. Our goal is to preserve the racing community and what better way to do this than introduce the next generation to the fun!”

VRRA Competition Coordinator Kirby Crosby adds that “the VRRA recognizes the importance of working together with other organizations to promote and grow our sport. The lightweight class is an important entry point. That is why we have chosen to work actively with CSBK."

The weekend schedule for the LTWT National racers will mirror the normal practices for the class, with timed practice sessions on Friday morning and afternoon, Qualifying Saturday morning, a Sunday warm-up and National Championship rounds Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  The Brooklin Cycle Racing official series Dynojet Dyno will also be on hand at Calabogie, as it is at all Nationals, to ensure technical standards are met by all LTWT racers.

Entry for the class will be handled directly by the VRRA, with the typical National fee structure, and pre-entry will soon be open on the official VRRA web site.  VRRA use the SeriesTracker app to handle event logistics.

The CSBK tour is getting ready to celebrate a major milestone in 2020, the 40th anniversary of street-bike-based superbike competition in Canada as a National level class.  Mississauga. ON. based George Morin was the first rider to take the overall Canadian National title on a Superbike, riding a Kawasaki to the Championship at Edmonton and Shannonville in 1980.

The Vintage Road Racing Association, Canada’s classic and vintage road racing association, was also founded in 1980 by a group of enthusiasts who aimed to get their treasured machines back on-track.  Their avowed purpose:  to ensure the preservation of racing motorcycles and to maintain the traditions of racing vintage, and now classic, motorcycles in Canada.