About 1000 expected on an already big weekend.
If you thought this weekend was big already, it’s going to be even bigger.
While thousands of visitors are expected to arrive for the Seymour Military Heritage Weekend, another 1000 kart racers and supporters will also assemble for the 2013 Victorian Open Sprint Kart Championships, hosted by the Eastern Lions Kart Club at its track near Puckapunyal.
More than 300 competitors will battle for the right to become the Victorian champion in the 14 categories being contested, from the Cadets (drivers are as young as seven) to the Clubman Over-40s, where as the name suggests the drivers are aged over 40.
No less than 41 drivers will line up in the Junior National Light category with Darwin’s Bryce Fullwood set to be one of the favourites for the title.
Fullwood has been one of the front-runners in the category over the past few years but will face tough opposition from 40 other competitors in the field next weekend.
In the Clubman Over-40s category, veteran local karter Glenn Chadwick will be making his 20th start in the event.
The Victorian Championships has traditionally been one of the toughest titles to win over the years with the likes of V8 Supercar drivers Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom and the Davison brothers (Alex and Will) all former winners of the event.
‘‘The Victorian Championships is traditionally the first state championships of the year and it attracts the best drivers from all across the country — this year is no different,’’ said Victorian karting president Russell White.
‘‘We’ve got drivers coming from all parts of Australia to compete, from as far north as Darwin and as far west as Perth and Karratha, along with drivers from all across NSW, Queensland, South Australia and our state as well.
‘‘The team at the Eastern Lions Kart Club have done a fantastic job in preparing the venue and everyone can’t wait for the karts to take to the track.’’
More than 1000 people will visit for the event, varying from drivers, mechanics, team members and officials, many of whom began arriving yesterday to begin their preparations.
Organisers estimate the event will inject more than $500
Practice begins today ahead of qualifying on Friday; heat races will be contested on Saturday with the championship finals on Sunday.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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