Karters converge on city for sprint kart championships
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE FINAL touches are being added to the Gladstone Kart Club in preparation for next week's Gladstone Mini Bins Queensland Sprint Kart Championships.
A total of 282 entries have been received for the three-day championships, with drivers expected from across the sunshine state, as well as Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Even so, a number of locals are ready to fly the Gladstone flag and are rated strong chances of performing strongly.
The Gladstone Kart Club's race secretary Marilyn Rayment said a willing band of volunteers had worked tirelessly to ensure that Gladstone hosts the best titles ever.
'The club have had a couple of working bees to make sure that everything is ready to go for next week,' Rayment said.
'Like any major event you need the volunteers to make it a success and we have been pretty fortunate so far.'
Headlining the visitors' charge is New South Wales driver Steel Guillana who is flying back from the United Kingdom to drive in Gladstone.
Other big guns making the trip to the harbour city are Mark Claybon, Tim Sweeney, Chaz Mostert and former local karter Kel Treseder who is now based in Bundaberg.
These five are all state title winners and are sure to burn up the Gladstone track according to Rayment.
'We are going to have some of the best karters in Australia in Gladstone, the racing is expected to be very exciting,' she said.
But Rayment said the locals were not going to miss out on the fun and pinpointed more than 10 chances of showing their wares on their home track.
Many of the interstate visitors are expected in Gladstone on Monday, with practice sessions until Friday when the first time trials (qualifying) gets going, with the finals on Sunday.