KARTING RAISES $16,200 FOR NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION The Motorsport arena is more commonly referred to as a place that is dominated by males, however, at the Lithgow Kart circuit it was a very different story as the venue hosted the ...
KARTING RAISES $16,200 FOR NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
The Motorsport arena is more commonly referred to as a place that is dominated by males, however, at the Lithgow Kart circuit it was a very different story as the venue hosted the second annual All Ladies Race Day earlier this year.
The event is the only one of its kind in Australia with female competitors coming from various parts of the country to race in a variety of categories from Midgets, aged between seven and ten years, through to the senior ranks where a number of ladies over the age of 50 took to the track.
This innovation was brought about by the Combined Districts Kart Club to highlight the involvement of females in karting and the important role they play not just in racing but in all aspects of the sport and that karting is open to all sections of the community.
As a result of the profits and the fundraising around this event, the National Breast Cancer Foundation was presented with a cheque of $16,200 recently.
Junior karters Angela Hearn and Stephanie Sandrone were outstanding in their fundraising efforts and attended the recent cheque presentation. Not only did these girls raise a lot of money they both backed up to compete in the Junior National class at the All Ladies Race Day.
"This presentation is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people and without the support of the Combined Districts Kart Club and the entire karting community this wouldn't be possible," said event co-ordinator Russell Grimson.
"We almost doubled the amount we raised in the first year and we'll be aiming to raise the bar even higher in next year's event.
"It is a great cause and as an Association we're proud to be doing our bit in public awareness in the fight against breast cancer."
Toowoomba hosts a Junior Development Day
A dozen young Queensland kart racers were provided a boost when they attended a Junior Development Camp at Toowoomba's Greer Park Raceway recently.
The drivers, aged between seven and 12 years old, spent time with former Australian Champion Matt Greenbury, experienced karting officials Ralph Van Doorn and John Lane along with a representative from the AKA's Communication Managers BAM Media.
One of the stars of the day was eight-year-old Melissa Wilcox. Attending with her brother Ben and their parents Melissa, who has been racing for just over six months, benefited immensely from the day to improve her lap times by almost six seconds.
While pleased to see the improvement by Melissa throughout the day, event organiser John Lane indicated that the program was as much about the off track experience as the on track racing.
"It was great to see the improvement by the kids throughout the day but the most important thing was that they took away a heap of experience of all things karting, not just the racing side of it," said event co-ordinator John Lane.
"Throughout the day we discussed such things as technical aspects and feedback on set-up changes, presentation speeches, communication with people in the sport -- we certainly covered a variety of areas."