Climate change is a good thing for snowmobile oval racing in Cochrane.
The provincial body that runs the sport now has its season finale in Cochrane in March, because it can’t rely on snow or ice down south past February.
“We run second to Eganville and Eganville is the largest race in Ontario,” says organizer Dan Girard about the event that runs this coming Saturday and Sunday on Lake Commando.
Girard says some racers on the Ontario Snowmobile Oval Racing circuit call Cochrane the premiere event of the year. Last year, it set an OSOR record for the number of Pro 500 racers.
“So we decided if that’s what’s going to happen now, more Pro 500s are coming,” he remarks, “we decided to add the Commando Cup and a little bit more prize money for them and that kind of stuff.”
A big hit last year was the Outlaw class. Girard explains that drivers are inside a roll cage with a steering wheel, on a machine with three skis.
“They’re definitely coming back this year. There may be a couple extras come with them this year, too. That drew a lot of attention from the spectators last year.”