35 Years and Counting for the WRKC Oktoberfest Grand Prix
There aren’t too many karting races these days that can boast 35 years of pure history, but that is exactly what the Waterloo Regional Kart Club can say about their Oktoberfest Grand Prix which hits the track in Flamborough, Ontario on October 8 for the 35th time, a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition.
For four-cycle racers in Ontario, the annual WRKC Oktoberfest event is a highlight for local racing as everything occurs in a face-paced and unique one-day operation that often has a curveball thrown at them courtesy of Mother Nature.
The location of the race has changed a few times over the years based on where the Waterloo Regional Kart Club is competing, but the volunteer efforts of the club have always put their utmost efforts into their prestigious race. Welcoming drivers from out of town and giving the club members a chance to close out their season with a substantial victory and add their names to the WRKC history books.
There will be nine class options to choose from including Cadet, Novice, Jr. Lite, Jr. Heavy, Sr. Lite, Sr. Heavy and Masters for Honda racers plus Briggs Junior and Briggs Senior. The club currently still races with the Honda four-cycle power plant for all of their categories but once again this year they have added classes for Briggs & Stratton LO206 engines as the majority of the country has progressed over to the purpose-built racing engine. Practice for the race is available on Friday October 7.
To enter the event, click here to download the entry form.
Many successful motorsports drivers coming through the Canadian karting ranks have made an appearance or two at the Oktoberfest Grand Prix. The likes of Mercedes DTM driver Robert Wickens, Indycar driver James Hinchcliffe, NASCAR driver Pete Shepherd and Paul Tracy are just a few of them. A trip to any short track around the region and it also wouldn’t be hard to find a driver who once competed at the WRKC Oktoberfest Grand Prix. Additionally, there have been a good selection of Canadian National Karting Champions who have tried their hand at adding an Oktoberfest title to their resume.
In keeping tradition, every entered driver receives a goodie bag filled with all kinds of excitement at registration. Additionally each driver receives a door prize from table upon tables of excellent donated gifts. The club prides itself on keeping it’s members happy and rewarding those who show up to support this great event.
CKN will be trackside for the race to cover the details and snap some photos.
So get your karts ready, the 35th annual WRKC Oktoberfest will be one for the record books!
More details about the race can be found on the http://wrkc.on.ca website.