O’Leary Brother’s Racing’s Jacob Shaw O’Leary had another successful round of Mopar CSBK National series racing last weekend with two podium finishes and ultimately the Honda CBR250R National Series championship.
Heavy rain forced changes to the Saturday lineup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, near Bowmanville, ON, including the first of two CBR250R races. After Friday’s qualifying session, Shaw-O’Leary was set to line up second on the grid for the weekend’s races for the class, which were both slated for Sunday on the revised schedule.
In race one, series points leader Eric Quintin started to pull a gap on the field from the start. However, Quintin had an unfortunate incident, crashing out of the lead after four laps. This left a battle for the race win between Shaw-O’Leary, Cameron Walker, and Jean-Pascal Schroeder. In the end, Walker led the Honda riders across the line, with Shaw-O’Leary finishing second.
Race two, later in the afternoon, saw Quintin again pull out a big lead over the chasing riders. This time, Quintin led to the finish to take the race win, Walker finished second, and Shaw-O’Leary completed the podium.
“A rider from Atlantic Canada hasn’t won a National championship since Don Munroe in 1998,” said the Falmouth, NS rider on Sunday’s podium. “I’m really excited and proud to be bringing this number one plate back to Nova Scotia.” Interestingly, Munroe received support early in his career from Shaw-O’Leary’s sponsor, Dartmouth, NS Honda dealer Pro Cycle.
Shaw-O’Leary went into the final two races of the season sitting a close second in the points chase, only one point behind Quintin. With his consistent results over the weekend, Shaw-O’Leary claimed the Honda CBR250R National Series championship, finishing off the season with 351 points to the 328 of Quintin.
Shaw-O’Leary’s sponsors include O’Leary Brothers Racing, Pro Cycle, Kimpex, Bell Helmets, Oxford Products, Ipone, Vital Sine.
From a press release