Kart titles bring economic boost
A stroke of luck for the Great Southern Kart Club is expected to bring about 2000 people and a big economic boost to Wagin.
Wagin will host both the 2018 Western Australian and National Dirt Kart titles across consecutive weeks in September.
Club president Mark Davis said he was anticipating the region to have strong representation across the two competitions, reflecting the sport’s well established culture in the Upper Great Southern.
“Probably 30 to 45 locals (will compete) from Wagin, Narrogin and Arthur River,” he said.
“Wagin actually has the most amount of State and national tile holders in the club”.
While the hosting rights for the State competition is rotated between four WA-based clubs, submissions must be made to national organising body to host the Australian title, a unique opportunity for GSKC to host both in the same year.
West Australian titles will begin on Thursday, September 20, and Australian titles will kick off the following week, finishing on the 30th.
“We are expecting 350 to 400 karts to partake in the two events, with some of these competitors travelling from as for as Weipa in Northern Queensland,” Mr Davis said.
“Most drivers have a pit crew or family that come along to support, so we expect anywhere from 1500 to 2000 to be around town over the 10 days.
“With most of the visitors from around the State and interstate, most will stay in Wagin for the 10 days and this will obviously have a significant impact helping out local businesses.”
The club will host both the State and national titles this year.