GRAND BEND: Port Hawkesbury’s Avery Hart attracted attention at his home venue of Atlantic Motorsport Park last July, running at the front of TSN’s Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike with an older Ninja 250.
This year, under the direction and pro-rider Paul Whitehead and 2016 Canadian Motorcycle Hall Fame inductee Gary MacKinnon, Hart is part of the powerhouse East coast WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 squad, joined by 2018 CTMP victor Keegan Gaudet of PEI.
In his first trip to Shannonville for the 2019 opener, Hart split the wins with Ben LeClair in a pair of close races.
In his first trip to Grand Bend for round two, Hart took control, winning twice and pulling away from a very competitive pack.
On June 14, the east coast crew was dominant.
Hart took first while Gaudet fought his way up to his first podium of 2019 in second. LeClair made a late push to salvage third, while potential victors Alex Berthiaume (R3) and Trevor Dion (Kawasaki Ninja 400) faded back for fourth and fifth.
On June 25, Hart set sail from the start, eventually pulling clear by a margin of 8.5 seconds.
Dion had a strong effort to battle for second, Berthiaume just .07 behind in his first podium since mid-2018. LeClair was an unhappy fourth while Matt Simpson had a lonely race to fifth with his Honda CBR500R twin, clear of stylish Ninja performer Jacob Black. Gaudet crashed mid-race and failed to score.
“It was a perfect weekend,” Hart said. “He scored the most total points we could get, so obviously it’s been a lot of fun.
“It was my first time ever at this track and I won both races, so hopefully I can keep some of that magic going in round three.”
Hart currently leads the series by more than 40 points.