Supercar drivers thrill Rory

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RORY Norris lived his dream on Saturday as he walked among his idols at the Gladstone Go-Kart Track.

The 10-year-old self-confessed rev head joined with 1000 others at the Gladstone Kart Club V8 Tsunami Appeal, in which V8 supercar drivers including Bathurst champ Garth Tander, swapped their traditional vehicles for go karts in a special fundraising effort.

Rory, an up-and-coming kart star, was beside himself as he shared the pit lane with his heroes.

"He's been pretty pumped up about today, he was even down at the pits video-taping them getting in and out of their cars,'' Rory's father Rick said about his son spending the day alongside his heroes.

Event co-ordinator Gavin Dicinoski said while the hot weather kept some spectators from the track, the day provided some good entertainment for the spectators.

"The crowd was a little disappointing, but those who came along couldn't say enough about the drivers and the day,'' he said.

Dicinoski praised the professional nature of the drivers for making the day what it was.

"They were great, they signed so many autographs and walked around amongst the crowd and talked to everyone, which was very exciting,'' he said.

V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup said the drivers were only too happy to give up their time for such a worthy cause.

"We are fortunate enough to do what we do, so we felt it was part of our duty to come out and help out the cause,'' Whincup said.

Money raised at the event will go towards helping those in Sri Lanka affected by the Boxing Day tsunami.



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