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Preview: AKA Australian Speedway Kart Titles

AKA press release


There will be second, third and even fourth generation racers of plenty at the inaugural AKA Australian Speedway Kart Titles being held at the Nepean Motorsport Complex in Western Sydney, NSW next weekend (June 6/7)

The names such as Garry Brazier, Max Dumesny Sid Hopping, Dick Briton and Rod Bowen are all highly regarded in speedway circles, however, when it comes to Speedway karting it is the next generation that star.

Above: Fourth generation racer Jordyn Brazier in action
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With nine Australian Speedway Championships between his father, Garry, Grandfather, Steve, and great Grandfather, Stan, Jordyn Brazier has certainly got speedway racing in his blood.

Despite only being 12 years of age Jordyn has been racing at the Nepean circuit for almost five years now and has his sights set on being one of the front runners in the first Australian Speedway Kart Title in the Rookies class.

“Give the racing careers of my Grandfather, my Dad and myself you could pretty much say Jordyn was born with a competitive racing nature,” said Garry Brazier.

“I really enjoy watching Jordyn race and more so watching him enjoy it. Speedway karting has really provided him with an opportunity to begin his racing career along with a good way of learning to drive a car before he gets his road licence.

“He has had some wins here and there, mainly in the Midgets category, so next weekend will be another learning experience and if he can finish every race and get some good experience it will be very pleasing.”

The Titles will be an extremely busy one for the Baines family with both Wayne and Alana Baines, daughter of Australian Speedway Legend Sid Hopping, and their son Jake all competing.

Above: Wayne Baines in action on the Nepean Speedway Kart circuit
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In the final warm-up event for the Titles the Baines family were simply dominant in the KT Heavy, KT Light and Rookies categories to win all three classes, however, the trio are under no illusions about the Australian Title.

“Karting is a real family sport that everyone can be involved in, it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female everyone is on a level playing field,” said Alana Baines.

“Being around speedway for so many years with Dad always being involved, I've met some great people and racing karts is something that we can all enjoy as a family.

“While winning is a huge buzz, and it would mean a lot for any one of us to win this weekend, just being able to enjoy a common interest as a family means so much to me.

“We are all just trying to treat the Titles as another race weekend, without the added pressure of thinking it is the first Australian Title.”

Above: Alana Baines, daughter of Australian Speedway Legend Sid Hopping, was a winner at the warm-up event.
pic - stillshots.com.au

Nikki and Ashleigh Briton, grand daughters of five-time Australian Super Modified Champion Dick Briton, will also be competing at the Titles.

In what is a special touch, over the course of the weekend speedway fans will rub shoulders with current and past Australian champions of various divisions and era’s who will be special guests at the Titles.

The Titles will be run over Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 with Monday being held as a rain date if required. The opening two 15-lap heat races will be held on Saturday followed by a further qualifying heat and the all-important AKA Australian Speedway Title Finals on Sunday.

The venue is located on Rickards Road at Castlereagh admission is only $5. Those attending Saturday will receive free admission on Sunday upon presentation of their entry ticket.

Racing on Saturday and Sunday will begin at start approximately 10:30am.


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