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Cariboo Kart Racers looking forward to normal season

After COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 season and abbreviated 2021, racers are anticipating a full year
Cariboo Kart Racers line up at the starting line at a race. (Cariboo Kart Racers Facebook)

The sounds of motors revving and tires squealing will once again echo around the Quesnel go-kart tracks this year.

After a cancelled season in 2020, and an abbreviated season in 2021, the Cariboo Kart Racing Association is set for a full year of racing.

The season kicks off in Quesnel on May 14/15, the first of four races in the city. Quesnel will also host on June 18/19, Aug. 20/21 and the season finale on Sept. 17/18.

Prince George will host four events, and a SIKA race is scheduled for July 9/10 in Vernon.

Lisa Forman helps run the association, and said the full schedule has helped draw in more racers.

“They had (races), but they weren’t official,” Forman said of the 2021 season.

“This year, we’ve managed to build it back up. This year there will be quite the group racing.”

Racers will compete in multiple classes across multiple age groups throughout the season. Forman said the draw of the Quesnel course was its length. Completing a lap in Prince George takes just over 20 seconds, while a lap in Quesnel can run closer to 45 seconds over 11 turns.

The national karting championships were even held in Quesnel in 2000.

Races are open to the public, with a $5 entrance fee. Forman noted that the actual on-track racing usually starts after noon on race days.

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