"Beat the heat" 12 hour kart race 18th December 2003 - The Endurance Karting Association (TEKA), in conjunction with Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway are pleased to announce a 12-hour endurance karting event at Australia's premiere ...
"Beat the heat" 12 hour kart race
18th December 2003 - The Endurance Karting Association (TEKA), in conjunction with Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway are pleased to announce a 12-hour endurance karting event at Australia's premiere karting complex on the final weekend in January.
To be raced on the 1700-metre international standard circuit the event will commence at 9.00pm on Saturday 31st January and run through the night until 9.00am the following morning. With all karts powered by twin 6.5hp engines the karts are very even and will be reaching speeds in excess of 100kph throughout the 12-hour event.
Over the last three years TEKA has been the organizing body for an eight round endurance karting Championship hosting 4 and 6 hour races throughout New South Wales.
"Following the success of our previous Beat the Heat 12 Hour event on the same circuit a couple of years back and last year's successful Championship, we were keen to organise another event. In addition to our regular series competitors we anticipate entries to include prominent motorsport and media personalities," says TEKA President Brett Parker.
Managing Director of Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, Garry Holt, participated in the event in 2002 and commented, "The Eastern Creek team won the inaugural event in 2002 and I'm looking forward to defending our title in January. The challenge of 12 hours continuous racing, pit stops, driver changes and refueling stops combine to make this the Bathurst of karting events."
TEKA have received preliminary interest from over 30 teams and, with each team having 4 to 8 drivers, there will be at least 150 drivers competing. The previous 12-hour race organised by TEKA attracted a number of motor racing identities and was featured in an segment on Australia's leading motorsport program, Network 10's RPM.
Sponsorship negotiations are continuing for a major corporate partner for the event and Parker hopes to announce the naming right sponsor early in the new year. TEKA are aiming to attract many spectators throughout the night in addition to the drivers, pit crews and supporters.