The Executive of the Victorian Karting Association (VKA) has decided to postpone this weekend’s Victorian Open Sprint Kart Championships, scheduled for the Hume International Raceway in Puckapunyal, because of the fire conditions in surrounding areas.
The decision is one that was not made lightly, but has been made in the best interests of the safety of AKA members and the local communities.
Considering the high level of demand for resources, especially the emergency services, within the region to assist those who have been affected combined with a number of road closures still in place and the pressure being placed on accommodation houses, the VKA Executive believe that the decision is in the best interest of the sport and the region.
VKA President David Murray said,
It is unfortunate that we have had to postpone this weekend’s Event, however, I’m sure all members would agree that at this point in time the support for the victims of the bushfires is the most important issue.
The Eastern Lions Kart Club have worked tirelessly to prepare for this Event and it is inopportune we have had to make this decision.
The safety of the karters and the communities surrounding Puckapunyal needs to be our number one priority.
The Club had the full support of the Mitchell Shire Mayor to run the Event and Puckapunyal hasn’t been directly affected by the bushfires, however, it is more the people and the surrounding towns that needs to be taken into account.
Until today, the full extent of the impact of having a large number competitors in the region wasn’t fully known. Given that there is now over 5,000 people homeless added to the death toll and a number of road closures still in place, we have a community responsibility to uphold not to take up resources that could be better used by helping those affected.
We sincerely apologise to those competitors who have travelled interstate to attend this Event but I’d hope that everyone understands that this decision is not one that has been made lightly and is in the best interest of the sport.
The VKA and the ELKC would like to encourage all members to support the bushfire relief funds throughout the country as their thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy.
A rescheduled date will be advised for the Event when appropriate.