F-111 jet brings real speed to karts

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

V8 Supercars and F-111 fighter jets are not typically seen in Gladstone.

But today will be a rare opportunity to see both horsepower and firepower at the Gladstone Go-Kart Track.

The track will be the scene of a special fundraising event, as go-karts take to the track to raise money for the APN Tsunami Appeal.

Organiser Gavin Dicinoski was rapt yesterday that the final touches of the event had been confirmed, with an F-111 jet.

'I've wanted an F-111 since I was eight years old and today is my lucky day,' Mr Dicinoski said.

Mr Dicinoski 'ran around like a mad man'' yesterday setting up for the event and confirming the appearance of the fighter jet from Amberley Airfield.

The day will also see some of the best go-karters from Queensland competing on our local track.

A sky-diving display will also entertain the crowds on the day.

But perhaps the biggest draw card will be six V8 Supercar drivers who will sit behind the wheel of the smaller cars for the event.

'We've got some V8 drivers who will go back to their roots with go-karting for the event, which should be great,' said Mr Dicinoski.

The V-8 Supercar drivers will include track favourites Jamie Whincup, Steve Ellery, Will Davison, Garth Tander and Paul Wheel.

All AKA licensed karters are welcome to register for the event, but registrations are needed by 11am today.

The action will kick off about noon with tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children.



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