TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Flats 200 rumbled along the Peace River on the long weekend, with a pair of Fort St. John competitors landing on the podium Sunday.

The action got started on Saturday, with each class running two legs. Boaters were slotted into either the unlimited, A-class, or CX class.

Due to water levels on the Peace River, the Peace Country River Rats competition organizers decided to make all races a circuit. But since there were clear skies, spectators were able to see a good amount of action.

Fort St. John local Gord Humphrey’s 357 boat, Unnatural Disaster, led the standings after day one with a race time of 29.19, more than three seconds ahead of Bryan Austin of Onoway Alberta’s El Dirty Sanchez boat.

On the final day of racing, Humphrey captained Unnatural Disaster all the way to first place with a 5-leg time of 1:03.47. Sturgeon County’s Tanner Froehlich took second place in his 167 boat, Reverse Elevation, with a time of 1:13.51. Coming in third place was Stacy Kelm of Fort St. John, driving the 195 boat Xcalibur with a combined time of 1:16.11.

Spectators got a chance to enjoy some perfect late-summer weather on the weekend, with temperatures hovering around 20 and plenty of sunshine.

In total, 13 boats were entered in the Taylor Flats 200, with most boats entered in the CX class.

Competitors came from as far away as Sturgeon County, Grande Prairie and Prince George to race the Peace River.

The club put on an impromptu COVID-19 Fun Cup race earlier in the summer with around 10 boats. Organizers only had a week to prepare, so it was a much smaller affair.