Out of my Way!!
Warburg Hosts Western Canada Championships.
The Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association (EDKRA) hosted the Western Canadian Championships from July 26th to July 28th. EDKRA was formed in 1972 in St. Albert. In 1982 a track developed and operated in Warburg until 2000 under the guidance of Noel Dowler. Then the Association moved to Fort Saskatchewan and raced out of a privately owned race circuit until 2006. Financial concerns saw the EDKRA return to the Warburg track and in 2009 the Association was able to come to an agreement with the Village of Warburg to expand and develop a new track, which began operation in September of 2010.
In speaking to Noel Dowler Sr., one of the founding members of EDKRA, the Warburg track is considered one of the best in Canada if not all of North America. Noel is still active in Kart racing but now more in a supportive role watching his grandsons Adam and Griffin compete. Adam placed third in his event while Griffin took second and qualified for a trip to New Orleans, come November.
This is the Seventh year for the Western Canada Championships. The Championship is an international type event with the winners from the different classes of Karts invited to participate in National Championships held in either New Orleans or Stouffville, Ontario. Karts representing Manitoba, Saskatchewan, BC, Calgary, and even Quebec and Ontario, as well as Edmonton competed in the three-day event.
Karting is a family sport with classes for drivers as young as 8 to senior citizens. As a driver ages they become eligible to drive more powerful Karts.
For the most part the weather was excellent for racing with the occasional shower on Saturday making things interesting for a time. Accidents were kept to a minimum and the stand bye EMT’s had only the occasional minor problem to handle.
In the 13 plus age group Rotax Junior Division Coltin McCaughan and Jeffery Kingsley traded first place throughout the final with Coltin taking the checkered flag on the final turn. Jeffery is from Ontario and had qualified first through qualifying heats but Coltin was not to be denied.
Thierry Cote a driver from Quebec won the Rotax Mini-Max for 10 to 13 year olds winning every heat and catching the checkered flag just before Griffin Dowler in the final.
The Rotax Senior Max won by Skylar Dunning was a very exciting race as Skylar kept fans on the edge of their seats as he worked from behind to capture the checked flag.
The Rotax Max Masters was won by Robin Hendry with the Briggs & Stratton Junior 1 saw James Altamirann take the title.
Skylar Dunning champion of the Rotax MAX and Colin McCaughan champion of Rotax Junior MAX have been invited to race at the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF), which will take place next November in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Thomas Nepveu, Marco Kacic, and Jordan Novota, the top three finishers of the Rotax Micro-MAX and top three finishers Thierry Cote, Griffin Dowler, and Stephan Bachalo in the Rotax Mini-MAX class also received invitations to race at the Nola Micro & Mini Invitational, which is in support of the RMCGF in New-Orleans next November.
The Championships were well organized and the EDKRA can take pride in providing the Western Canadian Championships with a first class track and an excellent group of volunteers. Perhaps in the not to distant future the Warburg track will host the Canadian National Karting Championships?
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