Riders Thunder Through Wheatley

(WHEATLEY, ON) – Flat Track Canada competitors descended upon the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley on Saturday for the 11th round of the race series. Riders from across eastern Canada vied for supremacy in their respective class and the championship points awarded to the top finishers.

Featured on Saturday was the Expert DTX riders which included the current Canadian champion, Brodie Buchan, of Leamington, who was making his first appearance since breaking his wrist in round 4.

At the other end of the scale were the competitors in the 50cc Chain and Shaft classes, who are starting their flat track careers.

The current No. 1 Expert DTX racer in Canada, Brodie Buchan, of Leamington, leads the pack through turn 4 at Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley on 22 September 2018. Buchan will be hard-pressed to repeat as National Champion after missing 5 races due to a broken wrist.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The current No. 1 Expert DTX racer in Canada, Brodie Buchan (1), of Leamington, leads the pack through turn 4 at Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley on 22 September 2018. Buchan will be hard-pressed to repeat as National Champion after missing 5 races due to a broken wrist.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

After 7 races in the 50 Chain class, Seth Parsons, of Welland, picked up 23 points for his win at Thunderfest in Wheatley, on 22 September 2018, giving him 161 on the year and a 43 point lead over Emily Biekx, of Kingsville.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

After 7 races in the 50 Chain class, Seth Parsons, of Welland, picked up 23 points for his win at Thunderfest in Wheatley, on 22 September 2018, giving him 161 on the year and a 43 point lead over Emily Biekx, of Kingsville.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley hosted Thunderfest 2018, on 22 September, as part of the Flat Track Canada series of races.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley hosted Thunderfest 2018, on 22 September, as part of the Flat Track Canada series of races.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Welland's Tyler Seguin (22) pops a wheelie as Dustin Brown, of Utterson, zips by during practice for the Expert DTX class at Thunderfest 2018 on 22 September at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley. Brown's 190 points leads all riders after 10 races this season.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Welland’s Tyler Seguin (22) pops a wheelie as Dustin Brown, of Utterson, zips by during practice for the Expert DTX class at Thunderfest 2018 on 22 September at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley. Brown’s 190 points leads all riders after 10 races this season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Taia Little, of Welland, competes in the DTX Novice class in Flat Track Canada, and currently sits in 3rd place after 8 races this season.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Taia Little, of Welland, competes in the DTX Novice class in Flat Track Canada, and currently sits in 3rd place after 8 races this season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jeff Palmer (799) eases back as the Veteran race gets underway with John Kehoe (32), Brent Thompson (233), and Bruce Durfy (66) go three wide into turn 1 at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley for Thunderfest 2018, on 22 September. Kehoe, from Oakville, leads the nation's eastern points totals for Flat Track Canada with 145 after 10 rounds.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jeff Palmer (799) eases back as the Veteran race gets underway as John Kehoe (32), Brent Thompson (233), and Bruce Durfy (66) go three wide into turn 1 at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley for Thunderfest 2018, on 22 September. Kehoe, from Oakville, leads the nation’s eastern points totals for Flat Track Canada with 145 after 10 rounds.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Motorcycle racing fans of all ages descended upon the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley, on 22 September, for Flat Track Canada's Thunderfest 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata. Sixty-six riders in 11 classes competed for points toward a national championship.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Motorcycle racing fans of all ages descended upon the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley, on 22 September, for Flat Track Canada’s Thunderfest 2018. Sixty-six riders in 11 classes competed for points toward a national championship.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Intermediate DTX class enters turn 1 at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley during Thunderfest 2018 on 22 September. Hunter Bauer (24) leads the pack and the season series, accumulating 211 points after 10 rounds of racing.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Intermediate DTX class enters turn 1 at the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club in Wheatley during Thunderfest 2018 on 22 September. Hunter Bauer (24) leads the pack and the season series, accumulating 211 points after 10 rounds of racing.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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