State first for Karting Club
PETER Lane is almost ready to claim Warwick as the home of the first four-colour lighting system on a karting track in Queensland.
But first he needs more sponsorship support to make the project at Sandy Creek Raceway a reality.
The Warwick Karting Club has already spray-sealed its new 300-metre track extension, and hot mix will be laid in the next month.
Lane, the club sponsorship and promotions co-ordinator, said the extension had increased the circuit to 987 metres.
The longer circuit means a requirement for three more flag marshals, which would have stretched the club’s resources too thin.
Lane said a system was needed under Australian Karting Association requirements to stop racing in case of accidents.
“We want to install lights, which will reduce the number of flag marshals from six to two,” Lane said.
“The lights we plan to erect will be the first LED strobe lights on a karting track in Queensland.”
While some tracks already have green, amber and red lights, Warwick will be the first with the four-colour LED strobe lights.
A green light means to resume racing, amber is to slow down and drive with caution, red means stop and blue indicates to drivers that the race leaders are approaching and should be allowed to overtake.
The lights are being installed under the Junior Development Program, which is designed to provide free coaching for the club’s 90 juniors as well as help upgrade club facilities.
Lane Hyundai is the first major Junior Development Program sponsor and a second is being sought, while Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Brodrick Transport, Neal’s Filters and Bearings, Soapy’s Car Wash and Warwick Industrial Supplies are other sponsors.
Once the hot mix is laid and the extension cures in the next three months, the longer track will be used for two major meetings, the junior challenge on August 8, which is expected to attract 200 karts and the Queensland Closed Titles on September 25-26.
The Warwick Karting Club can lay claim to one of the largest sporting memberships on the Southern Downs. It has more than 200 members, many who live away from the Southern Downs but consider the karting track at Sandy Creek as their sporting home.
“They all spend money in town,” Lane said.
Information from Peter Lane on 0418 740 021.