Greg Moore Raceway rolls into 2018 season

With new faces on the board, Chilliwack’s hidden gem is ready to step into the spotlight.

Opening weekend at the Greg Moore Raceway sees a full day of kart racing on Sunday, with action starting at 11 a.m.

“We have a faster shifter class starting, with 125cc shifters,” said GMR spokesman Clay Wotherspoon. “There’s going to be two and four stroke engines classes as well as several different junior classes depending on age and size.”

“We’re hoping to get some more people out here and grow the sport.”

Parking and admission is free for spectators, the views are great from the bleachers and the raceway runs a concession.

“It’s a day of family action that doesn’t cost you anything,” Wotherspoon said.

Wotherspoon, who’s had racing in his blood since he was a kid, loves seeing people see the sport for the first time.

“Most people are surprised, shocked at how fast the karts go, and they’re very interested to try it once they see it,” Wotherspoon said. “Most people have been to a rental-kart track and seen how fast those go, but once they get to our track and see how fast our karts go, their eyes light up.”

The raceway is something of a hidden gem. Tucked away near Townsend Park on the other side of Wolfe Road (136 Dyke Road, to be precise), action can be heard from miles away during the summer. But the track hasn’t been heavily promoted in recent years and there are many locals who don’t know it exists. Wotherspoon, who recently joined the track’s board, is fired up to change that.

“I’ve been to a few go-kart tracks around the west coast and ours is known as one of the fastest and most technical, in North America actually,” Wotherspoon said. “It’s got a wide array of turns that take high skill, and most guys who come here are amazed by the quality of the pavement and the speed they can generate out here.

“You have to know how to enter a corner at the right speed on this track and most people are impressed with the challenge this track presents.”

The skill required to navigate the track at top speed shouldn’t scare anyone away from trying it out at a slower pace.

Wotherspoon said entire families are involved, with moms, dads and children feeling the need for speed.

“The biggest part for us is growing the kids’ racing because we belive they are the future of our sport,” Wotherspoon said. “Anybody who wants to come out and try it, we’ve got lots of options to get you started.”

The best way for any racers to get involved is click onto westcoastkartclub.ca and click on the ‘Getting Started’ tab.

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