The Gladstone Go-kart Club is holding a five-hour enduro as part of CQ Motormania on Saturday, July 17, at the local kart track.
The Gladstone Go-kart Club is holding a five-hour enduro as part of CQ Motormania on Saturday, July 17, at the local kart track. File

Bathurst big names to line up

BATHURST is coming to Gladstone.

The track might be shorter, the engines smaller, but the drivers are full-size originals.

V8 Supercar drivers are lining up to get behind the wheel of a 125 kart, in a huge coup for Gladstone and the CQ Motormania.

Drivers already signed up to take up the enduro challenge include Tony D’Alberto and Jack Perkins, son of Larry Perkins.

Queensland president of the Australian Karting Association Gavin Dicinoski said it would be on for young and old when the racing began.

The enduro is being held on Saturday, July 17, starting at 4pm with racing continuing until 9pm.

It will be a full day at the Gladstone Kart Track, with practice, qualifying and grid girls.

“There’ll be a top ten shoot out exactly like Bathurst,” Dicinoski said.

The karts reach speeds of up to 110-15km/h, which will be something to see on the local track.

“They get there (the top speed) pretty bloody quick and it makes for spectacular racing,” Dicinoski said.

There’ll be races for young kids, who’ll be racing in a half-hour enduro, and karters Cian Fothergill and Johnny Grother will be taking it up to the V8 drivers.

“It’ll be competitive, they’ll all be out to win it.”



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