Ground Sailing blokarts at Evans Head.
Ground Sailing blokarts at Evans Head. Jamie Brown

Vics steal blokart State of Origin

IN an Australian-first, NSW, Victoria and Queensland have battled it out to be the best blokarters at a state of origin event held at Evans Head over the weekend.

While in previous years NSW and Queensland have competed for the title, this year there were some tears from the Queenslanders as they handed over the cup to the Victorian newcomers.

John Shorthouse, a committee member of the NSW Blokart club, said the sport had ‘only been in Australia for six or seven years’ and that this was the first time an event had been held in Evans Head or at an aerodrome.

“We pride ourselves on being a family sport and a green sport,” he said.

“Normally we race on designated tracks or beaches, but the aerodrome was perfect.”

With 46 races throughout the weekend, the event brought 60 competitors to the area from as far away as Melbourne and Mackay.

“We had divisions based on vehicle weight, as well as for ladies and kids,” Shorthouse said.

According to Shorthouse, the event even ‘brought out one or two locals’ who have blokarts.

“We had entrants from little pockets across the state,” he said.

Shorthouse, who is also president of the Hunter Hawks blokart club, said the event was a ‘team effort’.

“The Hunter Hawks looked after the scoring and trophies, and we’d like to thank the Richmond Valley Council for sponsoring the event,” he said.

And with Evans Head proving to be a great venue for the sport, Shorthouse said he hopes to ‘have more events here’.

“The airport is open and flat so it’s a fantastic venue,” he said.

“It’s been a success, and we hope to make it bigger and better next year, and maybe even have an international competition in the future.”



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