[POST RACE UPDATE]
Successful Season Finale for Karkoulas Sisters Racing
Team Wins Two National Championships at Horseshoe Valley Resort
Oakwood, ON (March 31, 2016) – Under bright skies at the beautiful Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie, the Karkoulas Sisters Racing (KSR) team put on their gear for one last weekend of battling for championship points on the track. This past weekend had the team, composed of Brooklyn (11), Dakota (9) and Zoe (6), racing three days, totaling 45 races on two different tracks. With the added pressures of close points and emotions associated with the end of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) season, KSR racers had to work harder to enter the weekend with a positive mindset. In the end, their hard work and perseverance paid off with two National Championships won, along with a top-three position.
Zoe has earned top spot in Stock 1, in an incredibly tight point race. The top riders fought hard weekend after weekend with top positions shifting back and forth race after race. Zoe entered this final weekend seven points behind the leader, with her sights set on first place overall. Taking the spot at the top of the podium on Friday and Saturday was enough to earn her the title. While she was racing hard for a clean sweep in the class this past weekend, her sled was not pulling the loose snow in warm temperatures as well as she wanted it to.
At only six years old, Zoe’s success doesn’t end with the one Championship finish. She was able to achieve a third place final in the Stock 2 Championship category (ages 6-10).
Dakota also made her own personal history this weekend after achieving a podium finish each day in the Transition Girls class with third place finals. Dakota really started putting the pressure on this weekend, with this being her very first year on a full size sled having achieved multiple third place finishes, she is looking forward to continuing her success next season.
Novice A class did not go as well as the team had hoped after a roll over in Friday’s final race, and another in Saturday’s final. Dakota was determined to complete the final Sunday with no mishaps. She rode smart and smooth, and finished the season with a successful last race, placing ninth.
Brooklyn continued her trend of great holeshots and smooth, consistent riding. She found herself out front in Transition Girls for most of the races and brought home 1-2-1 final standings for the weekend. Her biggest accomplishment was earning the title of Transition Girls (ages 10-13) class Champion.
The season was a great one, filled with triumphs, challenges and of course, lots of fun. The Karkoulas’ sister’s energy, positivity, and passion for snowcross was evident at every single race. As Canada’s only all-female snowcross team composed of three sisters, the team certainly received a great deal of media coverage throughout the season, with a nomination for ‘Athlete of the Week’ by City News Toronto, media coverage on CHEX TV, and local newspaper coverage. The team has consistently focused on supporting the same message: that girls can do anything they put their mind to. Using the slogan, ‘It’s not if we can, it’s when”, the girls hope that by sharing their story and love of snowcross, they will in turn support more female racers to get involved with snowcross.
KSR would like to thank their fans, team members and partners for their support. Current team sponsors include: Lucas Oil, Off Road Vixens, Caliber Products, Gamma Powersports, Choko Design, Backwoods Promotions, Back Country Photography & Design, Stevens Insulation Services, Bailey Motorsports and HB Cycle.
Final Race Weekend Results:
Overall Season Finishes:
Brooklyn Karkoulas #500- 1st Transition Girls 10-13
7th Transition 10-13 (mixed)
Dakota Karkoulas #501- 4th Transition Girls 10-13
8th Novice A (mixed)
Zoe Karkoulas #502- 1st Stock 1 120(4-6)
3rd Stock 2 120 (6-8)