Victorian Open Championships Postponed

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.

2008 Formula 100 Trophy Presentations

Andrew Quinn in heavenAfter a very successful campaign in the 2008 Formula 100 Titan Series, Andrew Quinn was elated to come away with Second Place trophy for the season.

He was most ecstatic with his achievement saying “imagine what could have been if I didn’t give away fifteen kilos of extra weight to the winner”.

By the size of the trophy you’d swear that Andrew was the winner.Andrew Quinn, Albanese, Bobby Bourke

2009 Victorian Country Series

A new website has been created for the 2009 Victorian Country Series at www.victoriancountryseries.com .
This year the Series will be run at Horsham, Portland, Cobden, Ballarat, Hamilton and Warnambool. The first race meeting will be held on March 7th and 8th and competitors will be able to place their entries on line.

The web site will keep competitors up to date with the latest news and information about the Series.

Matthew Smith’s Impressive Top Guns Final

Matthew SmithAnother notable drive on Friday night was that of Matthew Smith in the Rookies Class. Having lost a front wheel in the previous heat, he had to start the final from position 25 on the grid. Matthew then proceeded to put on one of the most inspiring drives in his new CRG VK1 chassis, finally finishing the race in 12th position.

Anton De Pasquale Wins at Junior Top Guns

Anton De PasqualeAnton De Pasquale has won the JNH C & P Series at this year’s Junior Top Guns.

The event was run over two consecutive Fridays under lights at the Oakleigh Kart Raceway.

Anton was in absolutely scintilating form in his CRG Junior Rebel chassis. Having almost come to grief at the start of the final, he skillfully managed to hold out the opposition to win by a convincing margin.