Kart racers rev up for state titles
THE ENGINES are ready to roar for the Gladstone Mini Bins State Sprint Kart titles at the Gladstone Kart Club today.
A total of 277 drivers, which includes more than 50 locals, will be striving for success over three days of thrilling competition.
Gladstone's charge will be led by the likes of John Grother, Chris Wisnewski, Cian Fothergill, Christopher Rayment, Sean Thomas and Justin Smith.
All six are rated good chances of doing well against competitors who have state and national titles to their credit. They include international stars Jason Hryniuk, Remo Luciani and Steel Guilliana who come with big, glowing reputations.
Put these three in with the strong number of southern raiders and the famous racing surnames of Brabham, Ellery and Johnston, you know it is going to be a fantastic weekend. And you shouldn't forget about former Gladstone local and 2004 national champion Kel Treseder in the strong Clubman Light division.
So they have come, from as far north as Townsville, south down to Tasmania and west to Adelaide for this meeting on the hunt for Queensland glory.
The official opening is at 9.30am today, with qualifying at 10am.
Saturday's racing starts from 10am, while Sunday's finals also begin at 10am.
Bar and canteen facilities are open all weekend for the biggest state karting competition.