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South Australian kart racers will line-up to battle for the right to become the best kart racer in the state this weekend when they contest the 2012 South Australian Closed State Championships at Bolivar.
As the name suggests, this weekend’s event is a ‘closed’ championship meaning that only drivers from the Festival State can compete. It therefore decides, who is the State’s top driver in each of the categories whereas the Open State Championships, to be held in Mount Gambier in November, can be won by interstate competitors.
Fresh from securing the biggest win of his career at the Australasian Titles in Mildura earlier this month Scott Matheson will start as one of the favourites in the Junior National Heavy category.
However, two-time state champion Luke Marquis, who is combining his karting with a campaign in the Victorian Formula Ford Championship, will be out to stop Matheson from taking the title this weekend.
Marquis will also line up in the Junior Sportsman category, where he will not only be taking on his fellow competitors but also his younger sister, Holly.
A strong field of Cadets, for drivers aged between 7 and 11 years of age, will assemble for this weekend’s event – including four young girls who will take the challenge to the boys on the track.
At the other end of the scale are the drivers in the Clubman Over 40s ranks. As the name suggests these drivers are over 40 years of age, however, age shall not weary these young (at heart) gentlemen. The likes of Simon Layne, Sparky Marquis and Stephen Blee are expected to take the challenge to 1987 Australian Champion Darryl Tolmer in this category.
More than 130 entries have been received across the 12 categories for this weekend’s event. Qualifying and heat races will be contested on Saturday (April 28) and with the championship finals on Sunday (April 29).
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