Gerlof of Kamloops nabs Western Canadian masters kart title

Erik Gerlof of Kamloops claimed gold in the rotax masters class on Sunday at the Western Canadian Karting Championship in Warburg, Alta.

Gerlof, driving his Vemme kart with a BRP Rotax engine, finished the 18-lap race about two seconds ahead of his closest opponent.

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“He was faster than me all weekend, but in the final I decided to beat him,” Gerlof said with a laugh.

“It’s not a big deal. We’re the master class, 32 years and older. It’s the young guys that matter.”

The kart Gerlof raced on Sunday reached a maximum speed of about 120 kilometres per hour.

“It was a good race, but I was struggling a little bit at first. I hadn’t raced the track before,” said Gerlof, who is president of the West Coast Kart Club in Chilliwack.

“You have to see how the turns go and how the lines are and how you have to set up your go-kart. It’s quite a bit of work.”

There were five entrants in Gerlof’s division.

 

 

 

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