Big dou­ble

Na­tional and State rac­ers in Wa­gin

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Wa­gin’s Great South­ern Kart Club has capped off a fran­tic fort­night of rac­ing, with sev­eral mem­bers of the club tak­ing out na­tional ti­tles.

Over two his­toric week­ends, the club hosted the sport’s State and na­tional ti­tles.

It was the Great South­ern Kart Club’s sec­ond time host­ing the na­tional ti­tles, and the first time host­ing a “dou­ble-header” — a rar­ity in the sport.

The ti­tles brought hun­dreds of com­peti­tors and even more spec­ta­tors to Wa­gin, a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Nine mem­bers of the Great South­ern Kart Club placed in the top three from 12 events held on the week­end: James Inglis, Trent Alers, Neil Mor­rell, Brodie O’Brien, Nathan Chalmers, Tom Cal­laghan, Joe Chalmers, Jarod Be­van and Joel Et­tridge.

Nathan Chalmers was crowned the na­tional cham­pion in the KT Light di­vi­sion, while Be­van took out both the KT Heavy and KT Twin di­vi­sions.

Inglis won the 200s and came run­ner-up in the Out­laws di­vi­sion to Et­tridge.

Great South­ern Kart Club pres­i­dent Mark Davis said aout 280 com­peti­tors took part in the na­tional ti­tles.

“It is re­ally quite pres­ti­gious to hold a na­tional ti­tle; it’s not an easy thing to do,” he said. “As far as I know, only once be­fore there has been a dou­ble-header, where you host the State ti­tle and na­tional ti­tle on week­ends af­ter each other.”

Shire of Wa­gin pres­i­dent Phillip Blight said the ti­tles were a great way to show off the town and re­gion. “(The events were) very well or­gan­ised, a big boost to the com­mu­nity (and) great for the lo­cal econ­omy and tourism,” he said. “I’d like to think that vis­i­tors to the town went away with a good ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the area,” he said.

The State ti­tles were held on Septem­ber 22 and 23 and 260 com­peti­tors took part.

Great South­ern Kart Club pres­i­dent Mark Davis said about 280 com­peti­tors took part in the na­tional ti­tles.

Com­peti­tors line up be­fore the event.

A to­tal of 540 kart driv­ers com­peted in the State and na­tional ti­tles.

It was the Great South­ern’s sec­ond time host­ing the sport’s na­tional ti­tles.

Pic­tures: Wade Aunger

Rac­ers de­scended on Wa­gin from across the coun­try for the ti­tles.

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