Kart titles bring eco­nomic boost

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

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.”

Pic­ture: Great South­ern Kart Club/Facebook

The club will host both the State and na­tional titles this year.

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