Young Guns all set to fire
THE track has been refurbished and the caravans are rolling into Lismore for the national junior go-karting titles.
More than 130 drivers will contest 10 divisions over two days of racing with Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell to let them loose when she waves the flag to signal the start of the opening trial of Young Guns on Saturday.
Many of motorsport’s biggest names began their careers in a go-kart and some will be perpetuated through their offspring this weekend.
The Seton name lives on at the track through Glen’s son Aaron, with the two-time Australian Touring Car champion expected to be trackside to support his boy.
Former V8 supercar driver Steven Ellery will also be represented by his sons Tristan and Dalton, while on the local front, former Australian V8 Dirt Modified champion Stuart Herne will have his name carried by Bianca, Natasha and Josh.
Drivers will arrive in Lismore from all of Australia’s eastern States plus South Australia and Darwin in the Northern Territory which will be represented by the furthest travelling family.
The NT will provide a strong contingent with State champions Lachlan O’Reilly and Lucas Ward making the trip.
Young Guns has been running for almost 10 years at the Lismore Kart Club but president Tony Grant is excited for this weekend’s event to be the biggest yet.
“We have had upwards of 130 entries which should see at least five or six hundred people roll into town,” Grant said.
Families have already begun to converge on the area with a handful of tents erected at the showgrounds.
By Thursday dozens more are expected.
“It is a real family event,” Grant said.
“The kids race in the day and I’d say there might be a few ales for the parents at night as they relive the excitement and get ready to take on the competition again in the morning.”
The club boss is ready for some top-notch racing.
“The quality of the entrants we are receiving is a real bonus,” he said.
Local drivers often have to travel to karting strongholds such as Tamworth and Ipswich to take on the best, something that is remedied by the pulling power of Young Guns.
“For our members to be able to race the best on their track is a great experience,” Grant said.
The president has just overseen a $20,000 track upgrade which has bought the facility up to the standard required to continue to move forward.
A 180-metre section of the track has been resurfaced, the curbing has been re-concreted, lines have been resprayed and a new PA system has been installed making Young Guns a professionally facilitated event.
And some of the trophies and prizes on offer suggest the same.
“These trophies are huge,” Grant said.
“About a metre tall – almost as big as some of the kids.”
At the completion of racing one lucky competitor will win the biggest prize by raffle – a $3000 go-kart courtesy of Kaos Karting on the Gold Coast.
Practice begins on Friday with racing to commence on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.
All racing is at the Lismore Kart Club behind the Lismore Showgrounds.