Karters race for charity

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A swag of V8 supercar drivers will be the main drawcard at a racing spectacular to be held at the Gladstone Kart Club on January 29.

Event organiser Gavin Dicinoski said Garth Tander, Steve Ellery, Garth Walden, Paul Weel and Will Davison had already been confirmed, with possibly one or more to come.

"The V8 supercar drivers will do four races throughout the day, and the Gladstone Kart Club will also be racing pro-series karts during the day,'' Mr Dicinoski said. "Expect big fields of Karts because drivers will be coming from all over Central Queensland.''

Mr Dicinoski said those drivers who couldn't make it have offered tickets to Indy and the Queensland 300 as well as V8 Supercar jackets as giveaways.

He said entertainment would include sky divers, with a bar and canteen included. And Mr Dicinoski's 16-year-old son Matthew epitomised the feelings of race fans throughout the region. "It's pretty much the chance of a life time, you don't often get the chance to meet those sorts of guys,'' he said.

Himself a keen karter, Matthew said he would "definitely'' be hitting the drivers up for some tips.

They will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans all day according to Mr Dicinoski.

He said all money raised on the day would go towards the APN Tsunami appeal.

"The drivers have all donated their time and we're asking business houses to sponsor the event wherever possible.

"People have already given a lot to this cause, and this is a way of giving them a bit of entertainment for their money instead of a straight up donation,'' Mr Dicinoski said. Gates will open at 11am on the day, with racing to start at 1pm and continue under lights until around 7pm-8pm.

The Gladstone Kart Club is located at Boys Road, off Benaraby road just out of Gladstone.

Entry is $10 a head.



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