NEW BAROSSA KART TRACK TO GET CHRISTENED THIS SATURDAY Since it's humble beginnings in the early 1960s the Barossa Go-Kart Club has played a major role in the lives of kart racers and motorsport identities throughout South Australia. This ...
NEW BAROSSA KART TRACK TO GET CHRISTENED THIS SATURDAY
Since it's humble beginnings in the early 1960s the Barossa Go-Kart Club has played a major role in the lives of kart racers and motorsport identities throughout South Australia.
This Saturday the Club will unveil it's latest improvements to Liberty Oil Raceway located at Robinson Park to the public for the first time when racers take to the circuit for the Doug Liddle Memorial and the Rod Gardner Perpetual Trophy Event.
Over the past six months Club Members along with a number of local businesses have worked tirelessly to complete the $150,000 of improvements that have been made to the venue.
"I would like to think that this facility has been, and will continue to be of enormous benefit to the community on many levels," said Club President Stephen Blee.
"There is the obvious foundation it provides for those who wish to pursue a career in motorsport, but it also brings the whole family unit together with children, parents, uncles and aunts and even grandparents becoming involved.
"The facility is well supported by local business and enjoyed not only by the local community, but also karters from all over the state have come to support this facility, and when the club hosts the South Australian Open Championships later this year karters will come from all over the country, enjoying all that the region has to offer."
"Experiencing the cause and effect of being in control of a motorised vehicle in a controlled environment teaches our juniors to take responsibility for their actions and continue to learn.
"Of course once teenagers do receive a road licence, karting provides a very safe environment for them to put their skills to the test and challenge themselves behind the wheel of a racing kart, and not a car on our public roads."
The Barossa Go-Kart club is an integral part South Australian karting history. The Club was formed in 1960 by founding members Kirby Robinson, Flo & Roma Nuske, Brenda & Doug Liddle, Bill Ramsey, Keith Colmer, Alan Brinklrom, and Mick & Sue Stott together with others.
The Club ran race meetings on a dirt surface at it first location, behind the Nurioopta caravan park. The club then ran its first South Australian Open State Championship held in 1964 at its current location. The land was initially owned by Kirby Robinson, a local newspaper owner and was leased for the interest payments only to the Club. Mr. Robinson later gifted the land to the Club, hence the name "Robinson Park Raceway". The track was extended in 1972, 1994 and now again in 2009.
Of significance is that the new facility now complies with the Australian Karting Association (AKA) requirements to host the South Australian Open State Championships.
Former V8 Supercar Series and Bathurst Champion Russell Ingall is one of the thousands of drivers who has competed at the venue over the past forty years. The current Supercheap Racing V8 Supercar driver began his career racing karts in South Australiam including many events at Robinson Park, as a junior before going on to an illustrious career in motorsport.