Su­per­cars to su­per karts

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

CRAIG Lown­des, Jamie Whin­cup and Shane van Gis­ber­gen took to a Bel­mont go kart track ahead of the Perth Su­perSprint last week­end.

SU­PER­CAR driv­ers Craig Lown­des, Jamie Whin­cup and Shane van Gis­ber­gen swapped cars for karts in Bel­mont last week.

The go kart­ing ses­sion was held ahead of the Perth Su­perSprint at Barba­gallo Race­way.

Van Gis­ber­gen grabbed top spot in the hotly con­tested kart race, fol­lowed by Whin­cup and Lown­des.

Kart World owner Jas­mina Purvis said it was great to have the su­per­car driv­ers tear up the go kart track.

“It brings a lot more aware­ness to the sport and where it can go. Every­one loves watch­ing what they can do on a grassroots ma­chine, with­out all the whizzbang they get in their V8s,” Ms Purvis said.

Whin­cup said get­ting into the go karts was al­ways good fun and an op­por­tu­nity to have a ball.

“Ev­ery sin­gle lap that we do in the car is timed and it means some­thing,” he said.

“We just love rac­ing and driv­ing stuff, so to come out here and for­get about the lap times and just have a laugh, it’s ac­tu­ally re­fresh­ing.

“It’s what mo­tor­sport’s all about ac­tu­ally.

“I’ve got my own kart back on the Goldy, and I’ll go out and cut laps just for that fun fac­tor.”

The field for the Perth Su­persprint was as tight as it’s ever been, ac­cord­ing to the Red Bull Holden Rac­ing Team driver.

“It’s re­ally com­pet­i­tive,” Whin­cup said.

“We’ve got this new tyre, with many un­knowns.

“We hate talk­ing about tyres be­cause it’s so bor­ing, but it’s a mas­sive part of what we do.

“We had 30-plus blowouts at Phillip Is­land last round.

“This place is hard on tyres, but I don’t think there’ll be as many blowouts be­cause we’ve all learnt from Phillip Is­land.”

Race 7 of the Perth Su­perSprint on Satur­day was taken out by Scott McLaugh­lin, fol­lowed by Shell V-Power Rac­ing team­mate Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whin­cup.

Sun­day’s Race 8 was also snatched up by McLaugh­lin, fol­lowed by Su­percheap Auto Rac­ing’s Chaz Mostert and Whin­cup in third.

Craig Lown­des pre­pares for the go kart­ing chal­lenge. Right: Jamie Whin­cup, Shane van Gis­ber­gen and Craig Lown­des post-race.


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