Maritime pro kart champ joins Vega Cup series in Quebec
Kelly takes racing career to next level
AMHERST - Amherst cart racer Nathan Kelly will face many new experiences this race season.
Not only does the Grade 10 student at ARHS have a new race car but he will also be racing on a new circuit.
"He'll be racing in what's called the Vega Cup in Quebec," Nathan's dad, Barry, said. "We'll be moving from a four-stroke to a two-stroke car capable of speeds of over 100 mph."
This weekend he will drive the car for the first time in Grand Mere, Que.
The car generates 32 horsepower and will rev to an astonishing 14,000 rpm.
A car similar to Nathan's has drag raced a Chevrolet Corvette and, "it blew the Corvette away," Barry said.
Nathan has been a Maritime pro cart champion and is looking forward to the new challenge.
"I'm really excited," Nathan said. "The tracks are bigger and they're faster."
At the beginning of races the cars have a rolling start, then dive into the first turn, jockeying for position.
"The first turn is my favourite part," Nathan said.
Besides racing six times in Quebec, Nathan also hopes to continue racing in the Maritimes this season.
There are eight races on the Senior Rotax Circuit, with races in P.E.I., Fredericton and Moncton.
On top of those 14 races their will also be the Canadian vhampionships in mid-August in Quebec, for a total of 15 races.
"We spend a lot of weekends traveling" Barry said. "It's a nice family activity."