Kart­ing ti­tles give begin­ners a chance to tear up race­way

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING - NEED FOR SPEED: Lara Had­low will be hit­ting the bi­tu­men this week­end. Af­ter com­pet­ing in the closed state cham­pi­onships in Emer­ald ear­lier this year, her fa­ther Stacey says "she'll be right".

THE Queens­land C and Dgrade kart­ing ti­tles will race into the Whit­sun­day Race­way this week­end.

Af­ter an unof­fi­cial prac­tice on Fri­day, rac­ing will run all day Satur­day and Sun­day.

Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports kart­ing pres­i­dent Stacey Had­low ex­pects up to 60 peo­ple to at­tend, with com­peti­tors from as far afield as Emer­ald.

“Ob­vi­ously peo­ple are trav­el­ling, which says some­thing about the club and track,” he said.

Th­ese ti­tles are strictly limited to karters with a C or D li­cence and Mr Had­low said this was an op­por­tu­nity for those who didn’t com­pete of­ten “to race in an en­vi­ron­ment with­out the pro’s”.

A be­gin­ner karter re­ceives a D-grade li­cence and has to wear P-plates un­til they com­plete four suc­cess­ful meet­ings, as ap­proved by the clerk.

They are then up­graded to a C-grade li­cence.

The C and D-Grade Ti­tles will host races for all ages from cadet 9s (aged seven to nine years) and ju­niors through to se­niors.

For in­for­ma­tion on Fri­day’s unof­fi­cial prac­tice, phone Stacey Had­low on 0427 678 572.

Races are free to watch.

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