Thrill of the ride

Jules Fetaz banks into corner eight on one of the 119 laps he and his teammate, brother Rueben completed  during their three-hour long endurance race held in Strathmore, Ab., on Oct. 15, 2017

 

Some of us dream of experiencing the thrill, speed and excitement of racing a motorcycle on pavement. For two Castor area brothers, Jules and Rueben Fetaz, this is their reality.
The brothers have recently completed their second season of racing with the Alberta Mini RoadRacing Association and have experienced great success.
The races take place at the Northstar Raceway at Strathmore Motorsports Park, a paved go cart track, located just east of Strathmore, Ab.
After attending occasional practice nights at the track for a couple of years they decided to begin racing part way through the 2016 season.
The boys found the racing challenging and exciting and so determined to race the complete 2017 season.
Rueben raced (9) in the youth (6-9) series on a DR 70 and was able to attend all seven rounds of racing this season. With anywhere from nine to 12 riders on the starting grid, Rueben regularly finished on the podium in first, second or third.
Rueben finished his season with enough points to claim second in the youth championship.
Jules (13) raced in an intermediate class on a TTR 125.
Jules was one of the youngest riders in the class, which would see six to 10 riders on the grid.
He was able to race in five of the seven rounds, having to miss two in order to play on the Tier IV provincial peewee baseball championship winning Castor Raiders team.
With four race wins, and one second place, Jules won the intermediate championship.
“It is very rewarding to win. Next year though, my goal is to drag my knee in the corners,” Jules stated.
Jules and Rueben finished the season with a three hour endurance race on Oct. 15, 2017.
Taking turns riding their TTR 125, the boys were by far the youngest team in the specification class.
They finished in fifth place and were very pleased with the result.
The boys spend their days away from the roadracing track riding on the family dirt track while winters are spent riding on the ice with tires modified with ice racing screws.
This practice time prepares them for the inevitable sliding tires experienced when pushing hard during a race.
Both boys are looking forward to continuing their racing careers with the help of their pit crew, which includes their dad, Roger Fetaz, who has himself achieved many successes and championships in his past racing career.
“Next year in the intermediate class (a step up to a 125) I want to improve my passing,” claimed Rueben. “My favourite part of racing is having a great drive out of a corner and outbraking them in the next corner.”

submitted by Roger Fetaz
Principal, Theresetta School

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