MacDonald competes with world’s best

PORT HOOD: A motocross racer who’s been turning heads in his second season of Canadian Motorsport Racing Club’s Atlantic circuit action is back from a trip to Walton, Ontario where he competed against some of North America’s best – and even farther than that, actually.

Nine-year-old Hunter MacDonald of Port Hood visited the Walton TransCan Grand National Championship on August 14 to 17. He pulled off a ninth overall finish in the 50cc 7-8 class and an eleventh in the 50cc open class.

In the 50cc, he came very close to taking seventh place overall. There were three races in that division, and he had two seventh place finishes. He was in seventh place for the third race, but a sparkplug blew out, resulting in a 15th place finish. Had he taken seventh in that race, odds were that he’d have finished seventh overall.

“There was a really good guy there from California,” Hunter said. “He got first.”

“He was pretty incredible to watch, that little guy,” said Barbara MacDonald, Hunter’s mom. “There was also a young fella there from South Africa and many from the U.S.A.”

The Sunday before the trip to Walton, he took first place at a competition in Brookfield. As a result, the MacDonalds were on the road for just shy of 24 hours to make it to the national show.

In the hole shot challenge, where riders go head-to-head, Hunter made it to the semi-finals, losing to the number one cc rider in California, Jesse James Shedden. It was Shedden who dominated at the TransCan Grand Nationals, but Hunter gave him a run for his money in the hole shot challenge.

After the event, Hunter returned home to compete at Loch Lomond, taking first in 55 cc and second in 65 cc. On the weekend of September 1, he raced in the Annapolis Valley winning the 55 cc division and taking seventh in the 65 cc division.

Hunter should be a lock for first place overall in the Canadian Motorsport Racing Club’s Atlantic Division. The other circuit Hunter competes in is Loch Lomond Motocross, where he’s leading the 55 cc division and in the top three for the 65 cc division.

His sponsors include All Steel Builders East Ltd., Mabou Freshmart, Walker’s Electric, E.D. MacKinnon Trucking, Freeman’s Pharmacy, East Coast Credit Union, as well as family and friends.