Kart racers to weigh up new-look format at Orange challenge

AN INNOVATIVE karting competition is expected to attract racers from as far as Queensland and Victoria when it debuts at the Orange Kart Club this weekend.

The brainchild of Bathurst-based Orange Kart Club members Brent and Kurt Dickson, the inaugural Super Heavy Challenge takes into account the weight of the driver, which is different to normal meets run like the national or state titles.

It’s ideal for young drivers who don’t meet the current AKA weight categories for the heavier classes.

Set to be run in conjunction with the Orange City Council, the meeting will be run on Saturday and Sunday and council’s sport and recreation chair Jason Hamling was thrilled the new-look kart meeting would be staged at the Orange circuit.

“This event will provide a venue and weight classification to suit not only senior heavy racers but also juniors, who don’t meet the current weight categories,” Hamling enthused.

The event is expected to attract interest from heavy-weight drivers, across younger and older age groups.

“Karting NSW and Orange City Council have identified the potential of this event by providing significant sponsorship support for the Orange Kart Club,” Hamling added.

“The [Orange] City Council has put $3000 towards the event. The event is one of a number of speical race meets that are outside the National and State Titles competitions. Karting NSW in conjunction with Orange City Council sees the super heavy Challenge as a special concept that deserves support.”

Set to bring about a new standard of racing, Hamling predicted about 120 kart racers from across the region and interstate to flock to Orange to be part of the event.

“The opportunity to race on equal footing with your peers is what competition is all about,” he said.

nick.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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