Tamworth Racers Ready for Big Weekend
AKA press release
The scene is set for the biggest karting event hosted by the Tamworth kart club in over 15 years and the local racers are ready for action.
After many months of planning the New South Wales Karting Championships will fire into action this weekend and with the big event only days away Tamworth Kart Club President Tom Sanderson and his dedicated team of members are like a group of children leading into Christmas time – excited.
Above: Tamworth's Garnet Patterson will be flying the flag for the local competitors in the 125cc Leopard Light category this weekend
“The last time we hosted a prestigious event like this was way back in 1995 just after the club opened when we had the Australian Championships here,” said Sanderson.
“We’ve got drivers coming from far and wide to come and race here this weekend, hopefully they’ll all go away from Tamworth with some great memories.
“A big thanks must go to not only our members but also the local community for getting behind this weekend’s event.
“Over the past 12 months we’ve made around $140,000 of improvements to the circuit but without the support of our major sponsor Tamworth Precision Excavation none of this would have been possible.
“We’ve also been well supported for the event by other local businesses such as Coates Hire, West Leagues Club, Belquip hire, West Diggers, Parry Logistics, Lowes Petroleum and Master Karts.”
Much of the local hope for glory at the championships will rest on competitors in the 125cc Leopard Light and Rotax Heavy categories.
The Leopard Light category will see young gun Garnet Patterson go up against the experienced Max Thornhill while a trio of local competitors, Grant Macey, Michael Abrahamsen and Matthew McDonald will suit up in Rotax Heavy.
Above: Dane James is another local who will be in action at this weekend's championships
A total of 287 entries have been received for the championships across 14 categories that cater for a variety of ages, weights and engine capacities.
Competitors will begin arriving in town today (Tuesday) ahead of practice tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. Qualifying begins on Friday followed by heat races on Saturday and the Championship Finals on Sunday.