In a first for Whyalla, Westline Speedway recently hosted a speedway kart competition which ran at with seven drivers nominated.
South Australian Speedway Kart Association secretary Christine Allen is now hoping to run speedway karts at all Westline Speedway race meetings.
Mrs Allen said she intended to make speedway karts a regular class in Whyalla meetings.
“My hope is to get enough drivers interested, that we can run speedway karts at every race meeting at Westline Speedway, Whyalla,” she said.
“Eventually, I am hoping that we can get enough interest that we can run our own separate events as well.
“This will give junior classes the opportunity to compete as well.”
Mrs Allen said speedway karting was “very strong” in Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Tasmania but there was less interest in South Australia.
“We have struggled to get any interest from drivers in South Australia; however, this year it is South Australia’s turn to host the Australian Speedway Kart Title, so we are making a big effort to get some interest,” she said.
The Australian Speedway Kart Title will be held in Waikerie on the Anzac weekend.
“Drivers need at least two race meetings to qualify, but there is still time, and we would really love to get some local Whyalla drivers,” Mrs Allen said.
Mrs Allen said a speedway kart was the same as a traditional bitumen kart, but could run on any tyre, and unlike the traditional bitumen kart, drivers don’t need the “absolute best” equipment to race.
“Speedway karting is the cheapest and easiest speedway class to become involved in,” she said.
“Speedway karts are licensed and insured by the same organisation that covers other speedway classes such as super sedans or sprintcars.
“We race at actual real speedway venues, but they do need a track surface which can be graded quite flat; Westline Speedway in Whyalla is absolutely perfect.”
Mrs Allen said karting was a family sport with several classes of kart, including a sub-junior class starting at seven years of age.
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