BUDDING RIDERS: Warwick Karting Club members Jayden O'Dea and Hayden Sell were two of the drivers in last year's Queensland Junior Top Guns at Sandy Creek Raceway.
BUDDING RIDERS: Warwick Karting Club members Jayden O'Dea and Hayden Sell were two of the drivers in last year's Queensland Junior Top Guns at Sandy Creek Raceway. Gerard Walsh

Best of best set to be at Sandy Creek Raceway this season

KARTING: Warwick Karting Club will host two major meetings this year after securing another round of the Australian pro tour on August 9-11.

The Southern Downs has secured major events this year such as the Polocrosse World Cup and Australian Superbike Championships but Warwick Karting Club will play its part in the economic development of the area by hosting two major meetings.

"We will host a national pro tour round this year for the first time for a couple of years,” club vice-president Luke O'Dea said.

"The club will also have another Queensland Junior Top Guns meeting which has the most prizes of any junior meeting in the state.”

The first get-together for club members this year will be a working bee this weekend.

"The working bee starts at 8am Saturday and Sunday and we will be preparing the facility for the first round of the club championships on February 10,” O'Dea said. Round 2 of the club championships will be on March 10, one of six championship rounds this year.

The club will host the Warwick Junior Top Guns on July 13-14 and then the national pro tour round on August 9-11.

"There will be practice on the Friday at Sandy Creek for the pro tour,” O'Dea said.

As has been the case in the past, the pro tour round is an action-packed three days at the club raceway.

"We have had drivers from as far as Western Australia for pro tour rounds in the past,” O'Dea said.

Some of the Warwick club members live away from the Southern Downs but many will still help out at this weekend's working bee.

Peter Lane is again the club president.

Fiona Williams has been re-elected secretary and Tania Laycock is treasurer.

One of the jobs for the volunteers this weekend will be erecting a roof over the grandstand.

"The grandstand was large enough to hold the 100 junior top gun drivers for a photo last year,” O'Dea said.

Currently, there is shade cloth over the grandstand.

O'Dea said the club was still growing and had signed up some new members near the end of 2018.

All news on horsepower events including all equestrian and motorsport, welcome for Gerard Walsh's column each Saturday, email gerardw @warwickdailynews. com.au.



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