Great turnout for an­nual go-kart ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

MORE than 60 go-karters from right across the state con­verged on the Whit­sun­day Race­way for the Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports Club’s sig­na­ture rac­ing event, the Great Bar­rier Reef ti­tles on the week­end.

The two-day event served as the per­fect warm-up for the 2013 Queens­land state ti­tles which will be held in Proser­pine next month and the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce in ev­ery di­vi­sion.

Be­gin­ners right up to the very best vet­er­ans of the sport hit the track and all karters im­pressed as they bat­tled for a podium fin­ish across 10 dif­fer­ent classes.

Dale McDon­nell had his eyes on the prize tak­ing out first place in the Tag 125 heavy and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the sports­man su­per heavy di­vi­sion.

Club sec­re­tary Tracey Stroud said the Great Bar­rier Reef Ti­tles was one of the club’s big­gest events of the year.

“This is the big­gest field­ing of cadets we have ever had and it is great to see so many young peo­ple get­ting into the sport,” she said.

Whit­sun­day go-kart driver Ge­orgie Now­ell has com­bined her love of kart­ing with a mis­sion to raise funds for the Heart Kids foun­da­tion.

“I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in the sport and my sis­ter Ella has a heart con­di­tion so I thought it would be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness for Heart Kids,” she said.

Ge­orgie has cur­rently raised $1950 for the foun­da­tion but is hop­ing to reach her goal of $7500.

The 15-year-old only started rac­ing com­pet­i­tively this year and went up against some strong com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end but came away with 10th place in the ju­nior national light di­vi­sion.

To make a do­na­tion to her cause, visit www.ev­ery­day­hero.com.au/georgie_now­ell.

FOR A CAUSE: Whit­sun­day Mo­tor Sports Club go-kart driver Ge­orgie Now­ell and her fa­ther Tim Now­ell are rais­ing funds for Heart Kids at Whit­sun­day Race­way.

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