If you are a serious kart racer the only place to be on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend is the Waterloo Regional Kart Club’s (WRKC) Oktoberfest Grandprix held at Flamboro Speedway. This year’s race marked the 31st running of a race that many of Canada`s top racers have competed in. The club started a new tradition this year with the unveiling of a new trophy that the club commissioned from a local glass artist. The trophy will be presented to the race winners in each class from this year forward. With almost 120 carts at the race it was not going to be easy to win one of these new coveted awards. In addition to the special trophy the top five in each class were also presented with cash prizes.
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In the Cadet class it was Josh Bisschop who was the best of the field, consistently building a lead over the rest of the racers to claim the win ahead of Luke Pero in 2nd place. Kyle DaSilva was 3rd, and Liam Rhodes managed to finish in 4th. Keidon Fletcher had the fastest lap of the race and finished in 5th place. The race winner in Novice was Ciarra Collison setting the fastest race lap on her way to the win. Tyson Wassink finished in 2nd place, with Jake Watson in 3rd, Austin Wadham 4th, and Peter Ditner claimed the 5th place podium spot.
The Junior Light race was one of the closest finishes of the day, with Andrew Whalen managing to hold off Jordan Howse to claim the win by just under a second at the finish line. Kaitlin Neely was the 3rd place finisher just ahead of Brandon Lowry in 4th place with Steve Murdock claiming the 5th place trophy. The Junior Heavy feature race was also a tight finish with the top 4 karts being separated by less than three quarters of a second, it was Kyle Edgar with the win ahead of a hard charging Justin Collison who finished 2nd. Ryan Mohan finished in 3rd, ahead of Jared Gill and Dylan Penney who were 4th and 5th respectively.
The Senior Light race was won by Adam Racine who managed to win after having to come from almost the back of the grid at the green flag. The 2nd podium spot was claimed by Dominique Smith, with Tristan Gill in 3rd, Darren Dryden finishing in 4th and Brayden Seberras rounding out the top five finishers. In the Senior Heavy class it was Tristan Gill with the win finishing ahead of Samuel Buckler in 2nd place, Steve Lyons was 3rd, Lindsay Van Wyngaarden was the 4th place finisher ahead of Tyler Lewis in 5th. In the Masters race it was Steve Lyons, who held off John Dryden for the win, Rob Howden was the 3rd place finisher with Bob Bailey in 4th place, and Rich Mizener in the fifth spot on the podium.
The running of the Oktoberfest Grand Prix brings to an end the 2012 racing season for the WRKC, it was a great year that saw lots of exciting racing and a lot of fun at events for the members. The club wants to thank all those who came out and raced with us this year, the volunteers who organize and run the races, and all of the spectators who came out and watched some great racing throughout the season. Planning is already started for another great season in 2013, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the track in mid April.
For more information please visit our club website at website www.wrkc.on.ca.