Quentin Signs With Prism Motorsports February 13th, 2015
For the 2015 racing season, Quentin will be driving for Prism Motorsports in the Spec Racer Ford class of the SCCA. Prism Motorsports is based in Melbourne, Florida. They started life as Robinson Motorsports, but changed ownership and thus changed their name. The team owners, Tilden and Maggie Kinlaw, have been around racing for well over a decade. They are professionals when it comes to running a business and transitioned very well when they came to run a racing team...
Bridgestone Racing Academy - A Success August 20th, 2014
Completing the 3-day race school with Bridgestone Racing Academy taought me many things. I learned how to handle a real race car and do so quickly and responsibly. I ended the three days with a BRA certificate and application for my competition SCCA license. The experience was priceless and the people I met were all very helpful...
The Future: An Exciting Prospect
After being out of the hot seat for 5 months; Quentin prepares to dive back into racing. He is doing this by taking part in a 3-day racing school with the Bridgestone Racing Academy which is based in Toronto, Canada. Here's a few words from Quentin about the near future:
"I think this will certainly be a good opportunity to learn and hopefully get back into the hang of things. The most important part is to focus on the challenge ahead. There's going to be a lot of changes but I'm ready and excited to see what the future holds. One good thing about the Bridgestone Racing Academy is that you can apply for an SCCA race license after completing the class..."
First Win in Rotax Senior!
I am pleased to say that after only 5 races, I have gotten my maiden win in the Rotax Senior category! My weeknd wasn't looking too well as I struggled to get 3rd in qualifying. Then I ran 2nd for a large portion of the pre-final until being passed, I was sitting in 3rd with one turn left. But to my good fortune, the two drivers in front of me got into a squabble and I was able to take the checkered in first! In the final, I started to pull out a small gap to 2nd place when my mychron (lap time/temp monitor) stopped working. I just stayed calm and focused on doing the best I could. I ran very consistent times, but towards the end my engine got too hot and I was losing power.
Double Podium in Ocala!
It seems as though all the hard work paid off for us this weekend. After only 3 races in the Rotax Senior and S2 Shifter categories, I was able to reach the podium. These podiums will be very helpful in my figtht to get a good position in the championship as they were double points races. In Senior, the competition was fierce as always. In qualifying, I put together a good lap, but it was only good for 7th. Partly because I didn't have the all important draft that the top 3 drivers had gotten. None the less, I tried to stay positive and make up some positions in the pre-final. At the start of the pre-final, there were some big wrecks, but I managed to avoid all of them. I was in 6th at the beginning of the pre-final and started to worl my way up. I easily got by the first kart in front of me to get up to 5th, and luckily for me, the 3rd and 4th place drivers were battling. This allowed me to close the gap and get into the draft. After a couple laps, I passed one, and then the other. I was in 3rd place and could hardly believe it!...
2013 Pan-American Challenge: A Good Week, With a Dissappointing Ending.
After only a month in the Rotax Senior division, Quentin headed out for one of the biggest races in America. The track was NOLA Motorsports Park, a very long and technical track where curb usage and smoothness are key. Unfortunately for Quentin, his week didn't start out on a good foot, as he missed the first practice session on Wednesday. But his kart was ready for the second session as he headed out on track for the first time. Everything went reasonab;y well for the rest of Wednesday practice, but Thursday wouldn't be as easy. After the morning practice sessions, Quentin was looking to try and improve the rest of the day and close the gap to the leaders. Unfortunately, he never got the chance- because for the last 2 sessions of the day, his chain was torn off the kart...
First senior and shifter race at Ocala Gran Prix
This race marked my first time driving a Rotax Senior and Shifter kart. The move from junior to senior could've been much worse, and I was thankful to the whole OGP crew for all their help. I did a couple practice sessions friday, and saturday was race day. Although we accidentally fitted rain rims to my kart for qualifying, I still managed to get 5th place, which was a very good result already. In the pre-final, I drove as hard as I could and ended up 3rd! I was hoping to carry this momentum into the final, as we made some adjustments to the kart. In the final, I was running in a solid 4th place, but I was rear-ended multiple times and unfortunately my back bumper bolt snapped, this led to my first senior race being a DNF...
Success in Jacksonville!
The final round of the Florida Karting Championship series was very successful for me. As Jacksonville is one of my favorite tracks, I set out hoping to do well and beat my past records for past FKCS best finishes. I arrived at the track friday and my dad and I immediately set to work on finding the best set-up for the conditions. After spending the first half of the day on a Rotax set-up, we switched to Bridgestone tires to comply with the TaG Junior class rules. But after only one session, the rest of the day was canceled due to storms and lightning. Saturday was TaG Junior, so I prepared to race on the Bridgestones (which are much faster than the Mojo D1 tires)...
2013 North American Rotax Grand Nationals
This was my first ever national event and a very positive experience! I competed in the Rotax Junior class, in which there were 59 karts! The track was the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC. The track was very fun and felt fast! I qualified 18th overall and moved up in all of my 3 heat races. I started 10th in the pre-final and ended up 9th. For the final the kart set-up was slightly off but I still fought as best I could to finish 17th! This is a very good result for my first national event and I'm looking forward to the next one!