Tyler Charity shows his winning form during a warm up for his first heat, which he placed second to earn an automatic berth to the finals where he won the semi-pro 800 race hosted at the Pinestone Resort on Saturday, May 21 in Haliburton. This was the first of four watercross races this season, as organized by the Ontario Watercross Racing Association. The Pinestone will host another race during the June 25/26 weekend. /DARREN LUM Staff

Charity leaves field in his wake

Local racer takes checkered flag towards becoming pro racer

By Darren Lum
Tyler Charity pulled through with a win overcoming pre-race jitters at the first race of the Ontario Watercross Racing Association (OWRA) watercross season.
With four races scheduled this season, the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School alumnus, who races in the semi-pro 800 class couldn’t have started the season any better towards his dream of making the pro ranks, which requires three podium finishes.
Following the race held over two days from May 21 to 22 at the Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre in Haliburton, the aspiring racer said a strong first heat set him up for the win in the semi-pro 800 race.
“I went into the first race with a positive mind set and came back with a second place, which put me right through to the final,” he wrote. “For my final, I was very nervous. There are a lot of new fast guys and I knew I had to play my cards right. When the light went green I was the first one on the water and first one to the corner. Once I saw how far ahead I was I just put my head down and didn’t let off till I saw the checkered flag,” he said.
Charity’s support crew included Noel Nicholls, Nolan Pruss and Ethan Gohm.
The Pinestone will host another race during the June 25/26 weekend.