Filmed and produced by Marcel Irnie.
-Calgary Parts Canada Superbike National 2009.
-Racer interviews, and Irnie's weekend of stress.
"Irnie able to overcome mechanical setbacks"
Published: July 09, 2009, Kelowna Capital News
Despite running into mechanical problems with both of his superbikes, West Kelowna’s Marcel Irnie managed a second place finish in the Amateur Sport Bike Class earlier this month at the Race City track in Calgary.
The race was the third round of the Parts Canada Superbike National Championship Series.
Irnie was involved in a race-long battle with Quebec’s Sebastian Tremblay before passing Tremblay on the last corner on the last lap to take second place.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better result,” said Irnie.
“What a great way to end a very difficult weekend.”
Both of Irnie’s bikes were giving him issues although he managed to move up from the fifth spot that he qualified in to the second place finish.
Superbike racing takes place on a paved road course of approximately 3.5 km, with straights connecting tight and long corners.
Superbikes reach speeds up to 290 km/hr.
Irnie plans to contest the remaining events of the Parts Canada Superbike series including Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia in August and Shannonville, Ont., in September.
The local rider currently rides as an independent racer but is hoping to get some solid results nationally to attract the attention of a factory team.
“If I can get two wins in Eastern Canada I will have a better chance of obtaining a factory Canadian ride,” he said.
“However, if I don’t find a ride in Canada, I might try to find my way into a USA race team.”
Team Irnie Racing is supported by several local sponsors including AMSOIL Synthetics, ARROW Truck Caps, Magna-Tech Services Ltd., Munro-Cylinder Heads, TyrSox Tire Warmers, Valley Motor Sport and Kreater Customs.
You can find more on his web site at irnieracing.com.