Steve Ellery to race in go karts
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
V8 SUPERCAR star Steve Ellery will not be holding back when he goes head-to-head with his rivals in the V8 Kart showdown at the Gladstone Kart Club today.
Ellery will line-up alongside V8 Supercar drivers Jamie Whincup, Will Davison, Garth Tander and Paul Weel in what is the feature event of a massive program to raise money for the APN Tsunami Appeal.
The one-off chance to return to competitive kart racing was too good to refuse for Ellery who started his motorsport career racing karts in Victoria.
'Like all the drivers I started racing in karts with the likes of Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright, Steven Richards and Mark Noske, so I jumped at the chance to come to Gladstone,' Ellery said.
Ellery is primed for a big 2005 campaign having transferred to the Triple Eight racing team to partner Craig Lowndes and is counting the days before the start of the new season.
'It is a great chance for me and Craig to have a strong season, the team is very well respected in Europe and we need to establish a strong platform in Australia for success,' he said.
The chance to get some laps in is also beneficial for the Gold Coast resident who starts testing with his new team in the next two weeks.
'Like the rest of the boys I haven't raced since November so it is a great chance for me to get some racing in and raise money for a great cause.
'Everyone knows how many people were affected and I think everyone is happy to do their bit to help out,' he said.
Ellery is also looking forward to meeting the vast number of V8 Supercar fans in the Gladstone and Central Queensland region for the first time.
'I just can't wait to get up there, it should be a great day and I am excited at the chance to meet everyone,' he said.
And Ellery has a word of warning for his competitors who may think they will get it easy.
'I think it will be a serious race, we are all competitors and when we race hard it is going to be a great show,'' he said.
Gates open for the public at midday, with costs $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family pass.