Winter Freeze ATV ice oval races prove a hit

RACE DAY AT LAKE HENNESSY- Blake Wannamaker (109) leads Jesse Doornbos and Brock Gregory during a 4x4 Non-Studded ATV Class heat at the first annual Winter Freeze at ‘Lake Hennessy’, a frozen oval off Upper Lake Street on Sunday. Hundreds of fans and nearly 30 competitors turned out to watch and take part in the action. (Don Carr for the Gazette)

Upwards of 300 people were in attendance at an ice oval on Upper Lake Street on Sunday as ‘Lake Hennessy’ was scene of the first annual Winter Freeze, an ATV and Dirt Bike race event.

FIRST IN A FLASH (Left) Organizer Andrew Hennessy and (Right) Chris Sparks flank 4×4 ATV Class feature winner Matt Crawford. Upwards of 300 people attended the first ever Winter Freeze ice oval race event on Upper Lake Street Sunday. (Submitted photo)

Organizer Andrew Hennessy who is typically found racing his way to victory every Saturday at Brighton Speedway turned in his dirt track expertise to host a series of races featuring two wheel and four wheel off road vehicles on a frozen pond on his family’s property.

With Prince Edward Fire and Rescue members in attendance to ensure everyone’s saftey, a total of 27 racers from all over Eastern Ontario showed up to take part.

“We were thrilled with the turnout from the public and everyone seemed to have a great time so we are planning on making this a regular event,” Hennessy told the Gazette. “We hope to add ice bikes next season.”

Picton’s Matt Crawford was the overall winner in the 4×4 ATV non studded class while Barry’s Bay native John Rumleskie took the 2wd open feature. Hennessy wished to thank Steve’s Sport of Picton, Motosports of Trenton, County tire , Hudson’s diagnostic & repairs & Vinyl solution signs and graphics for supporting the event.

TOP FEATURE- John Rumleskie of Barry’s Bay was the top winner in the 2wd class.