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Castrol Cadet Challengers Announced For Newcastle

press release

Five young New South Wales kart racers will be a part of the Castrol Cadet Challenge during round two of the CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE in Newcastle next weekend (April 21/22).

The drivers, aged between seven and nine years old, will line up in the Challenge at 11:40am on Sunday April 22 at the Mt Sugarloaf Raceway as they negotiate a ‘slalom’ course, designed to highlight the skill of the youngsters behind the wheel.

Despite all being under the age of ten, these young drivers already posses car control skills and driving techniques that will assist them for when they are old enough to obtain their road licence. When they are racing in competition, they will regularly be in control of their kart at speeds in excess of 80 km/h.

Highlighting the fact that the sport of karting is one that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls on an even playing field, there is a young girl out to show the boys how it is done in next weekend’s challenge.

The five youngsters who will form a part of the Castrol Cadet Challenge at next weekend’s event are:

Caleb Hadley (8) – Fennell Bay – Charlton Christian College
Dylan O’Brien (9) – Cordeaux Heights – Unanderra Public School
Jordan Poynting (9) – Anna Bay – Warners Bay Public (pictured, above)
Paige Raddatz (7) – Dural – Pacific Hills Christian School
Tane Schofield (8) – Maryland – St Patricks Primary, Wallsend

Australian Karting Association National President Craig Denton believes the Castrol Cadet Challenge is a perfect way of highlighting the fact that the sport of karting teaches youngsters more than just how to drive fast around a racing track.

“Kart racing is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and the Castrol Cadet Challenge is a perfect way to highlight the lessons it teaches the younger generation,” said Denton.

“By the time these children have reached the age of 16 many of them would have been driving a kart for more than half of their life and learning along the way. It’s not only the lessons of driving techniques and car control that they learn either, they gain an understanding of respect on the road and also the consequences of their actions behind the wheel.”

The Australian Karting Association has more than 7,000 members across the country and 26 percent of these members are under the age of 15.

The Mt Sugarloaf Raceway is located on the corner of George Booth and Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park.