Kart racing revolution

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Amhersts grip on the sport of kart racing is heading into the fast lane and leaving everyone else in their dust.

AMHERST - Amhersts grip on the sport of kart racing is heading into the fast lane and leaving everyone else in their dust.

Every weekend its a young Amherst kart racer who takes their fellow competitors to school.

First it was Nathan Kelly dominating the kart market in the Maritimes and with Kelly now racing on the national circuit in Quebec, many Amherst up-and-comers are taking up where he left off.

At the moment its Amherst sons Ryan MacIntosh and Alex VanSnick grasping the checkered flag in the AKRS (Atlantic Kart Racing Series).

We raced in Fredericton last weekend, Ryans dad Keith said. A couple of times the PA announcer made a point of saying, Youre witnessing the battle of Amherst right here in downtown Fredericton.

MacIntosh and VanSnick went head to head the entire race with MacIntosh taking the checkered flag.

Ryan and Alex battle back and forth, Keith said. Most of the races you can put a foot on Ryans car, another foot on Alexs car and youd make it around the track without doing the splits. Thats how close they are.

MacIntosh and VanSnick are both 12 years old and have known each other since they were one year olds.

They used to race on their tricycles, Keith said.

Watching their success has inspired other people in Amherst to take up the sport.

There are six people in Amherst who kart race now, with many other people showing interest in taking up the sport, Keith said. Thats almost more from any place other than Halifax.

Respectively, the AKRS is beginning to show interest in Amherst.

Greg Matheson, the president of the AKRS has expressed interest in running a race here in Amherst next year, Keith added.

Scouting around Amherst, MacIntosh thinks he may have found the perfect place to run a Kart race in Amherst.

A place it could definitely be done, no question, is the other side of Zellers, in that big parking lot between Zellers and Canadian Tire that no one uses, Keith said. I think it would be a big draw.

Organizations: Kart Racing Series, Zellers, Canadian Tire

Geographic location: AMHERST, Fredericton, Quebec Halifax

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  • Beatrice
    January 18, 2010 - 11:15

    I think it would be great to have something like that here in Amherst. I hope the community supports and do all they can to see it happens.
    Congrat's Boys

    Good Luck