DORVA shines hosting first stop of SOAB Fall MX series | DrumhellerMail
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DORVA shines hosting first stop of SOAB Fall MX series


     The Drumheller Off Road Vehicle Association (DORVA) proved it could host a race as good, or better than many communities last weekend.

    The Drumheller club hosted the first stop of the Southern Alberta (SOAB) Fall MX Series last weekend. Not only were Drumheller riders in the spotlight on the track, but so was the event in general. Race organizer Casey Christensen said the event went off without a hitch.
    “It was phenomenal,” Christensen told The Mail. “Everybody had nothing but positive reviews for the facility and the track conditions, and the layout we had. It was flawless.”
In all, there were 296 entries from the 4-6 year-olds on 50cc bikes, up to the 40-plus categories.
    “We had the capacity to double what we had,” he said.
    Racers were out on Saturday for practice and to learn the track, and then on Sunday, were geared up for racing. Despite the light rain on Sunday, Christensen said they had perfect conditions for racing.
    “Mother nature cooperated,” said Christensen. “We watered and groomed the track until about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. We were rained on a little through the night. We had nice cool, moist conditions for the most part on Sunday, but it didn’t rain enough to mess anything up.”
    He said a strong contingent of local riders took to the track including some familiar faces like Ben Fooks and Azraie Dumont, as well as a few riders racing for the first time.
    Christensen was proud of the hard work the club did to make the event a success, and racers and officials did take notice.
    “Some ADRA (Alberta Dirt Riders Association) officials said the Drumheller track just raised the bar for other tracks to keep up to,” said Chistensen. “We had nothing but positive reviews.”
    He chuckles adding this was the first event this season that actually finished on time. In fact, they ran ahead of schedule.
    The SOAB Fall Series is a cumulative point series with six races slated. The next SOAB race is in Calgary on August 28 and 29, and the series concludes September 26 in Medicine Hat.
    DORVA is slated to host two points races next season.

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