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Top line karting action will return to the Lincoln County Raceway in Dubbo, New South Wales next month when kart racers from various parts of the country converge on the venue for the 12th Annual Rotax Nationals event on September 1/2.
With all drivers using the 125cc Rotax engine, the karts will reach speeds in excess of 110 km/h on the 1037-metre circuit that many drivers describe as one of the best in the country.
It's the first time that the prestigious event has been hosted by the Dubbo Kart Club and more than 120 drivers are expected to be competing across six categories.
With six-time, and current, champion David Sera unlikely to line-up on the grid for the event due to other commitments, the door is open for a new era of champions in the highly competitive Rotax Light category.
After sharing the honours in the junior ranks for the past few years, Sydneysiders Pierce Lehane and Joseph Mawson will start as two of the favourites.
Both Lehane and Mawson have tasted victory in the Rotax Pro Tour throughout their maiden year in the senior ranks but are also conscious of the high level of competition that comes with the territory.
“Moving into the senior ranks has been a challenging experience but also one that has been very rewarding at the same time,” said Lehane.
“You learn very quickly that you have to show respect to get respect back in the senior ranks.
“When I first moved up to seniors my aim was to try and run near the front, and I’ve been able to achieve that while also learning from the experience of racing with the older guys like Daniel (Rochford) and Dave (Sera).”
Drivers such as Victorians Daniel Rochford, Josh DeMaio and Bradley Jenner along with Queenslanders James Macken and Tyler Greenbury are expected to join the pair in the fight for the Rotax Light title.
Given his form over the past 12 months, reigning Rotax Heavy Champion Troy Woolston will start as one of the favourites for the 2012 title. However, the Victorian will face tough opposition from the likes of 11-time Australian Champion Matthew Wall and fellow Victorian Lee Mitchener. Also expected to figure prominently will be Brendan Nelson, Daniel Richert, Adam Hunter and William Yarwood, who won four straight Rotax Heavy titles from 2003 – 2006.
With 2011 Champion Joseph Mawson moving into the senior ranks there will be a first time champion in the Junior Rotax ranks next month. The trio that has been consistently battling at the front of the field of late are Victorian Thomas Randle and New South Wales drivers Joseph Burton-Harris and Andrew Kahl.
This trio are again expected to figure prominently but will face tough opposition from the likes of Liam McLellan, Jaxon Evans and Cameron Hill.
While not battling for a National Championship, the three support categories – DD2, DD2 Maters and Rotax Over 40s – will also provide some great action across the weekend.
Practice for the event will be contested on Thursday August 30 and Friday August 31 ahead of racing on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2.
The Lincoln County Raceway is located on the Newell Highway, just north of Dubbo.
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