Mildura Weekly : Friday November 29 2013 Vol 8 No 5
Mildura Weekly – 29/11/13 87 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Stories, photographs by WADE AUNGER THE Sunraysia Dirt Karters Club is calling for entrants for a unique ‘la- dies day’ format for its big race day this Sunday. Designed to get new entrants into the sport – and at the same time raise money and exposure for Breast Can- cer awareness – the special one-off event is attracting widespread interest from rookies to experienced karters. “The idea behind this is two- fold,” SDKC co-founder Christine Allen said. “We’re keen to get some new lady drivers into our ranks, and at the same time it’s a great opportu- nity to be a proactive member of the breast cancer movement. “It’s certainly attracting plenty of interest.” Nominations are starting to come in from lady drivers with vary- ing degrees of experience. “We’re not expecting people to come in with Australian Champion- ships under their belt,” Allen said. “But at the same time drivers of that calibre are certainly welcome. Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, you’re welcome to come out and have a drive.” There will be two categories on the day – one for experienced drivers and one for newcomers. The SDKA already has some outstanding lady racers in various categories including mum of two Anne O’Rourke, teenager Tahleesha Mayes and nine-year-old sub-junior Teika Collins. First-time drivers will need to secure a one-day licence through Speedway Australia – which can be obtained online at www.speedway- australia.net.au/licensing/apply/ – or they can be purchased on the day before racing. Currently the SDKC is seeking cash donations or prizes for a raffle and auction to be held on the day to raise funds for local ladies fighting breast cancer. The Ladies Day event will feature the regular categories of the Sun- raysia Dirt Karters Association race events, including Sub-Juniors, Ju- niors, Standards and All Powers. The event is also the first major race date on the 2013/2014 calen- dar at the newly revamped and re- furbished Olympic Park Speedway, which has enjoyed a $300,000 face- lift. SDKC President Dave Collins believes the venue would be without question one of the finest Speedway kart circuits in Australia. “The venue was always excellent for us as a category,” Collins said. “But now with the amazing improve- ments, Olympic Park is simply fan- tastic. We had a shakedown recently, and everyone was thrilled with the improvements that Mildura Motor Cycle Club has made. We can’t wait to get out there.” More information is available by visiting www.sunraysiadirtkarters. com. Racers impress in Queensland A TEAM of four Sunraysia Dirt Kart drivers had a round trip of more than 3000 kilometres last weekend to contest one of the biggest Speedway kart events on the national calendar in Toow- oomba, Queensland. Rod Sievwright, Chris McGinty and brothers Ty- son and Todd Martin con- tested the Queensland title, along with the Des Carsburg Memorial against a sizeable field of drivers from across the eastern seaboard. On the super-fast high- banked Toowoomba Speed- way, the karts reached speeds and lap times that were comparable to some speedway categories that normally race around the track. The Mildura quartet acquitted themselves well, and came away with some impressive prizes. Todd Martin, 11, fin- ished third in the State title, with 13-year-old brother Ty- son placing fifth from the 10 karts on hand. Todd finished second in the Des Carsburg Memo- rial (after earlier winning the Dash event), and set the fastest time in qualifying, whilst Tyson finished fifth in the same event after ear- lier placing fifth in the Dash, and timing in third in quali- fying. Chris McGinty, although only new to Dirt Karting, finished fourth from a 15 kart field in the Queensland title for ‘Standards,’ and fin- ished third in the Des Cars- burg Memorial from a field of 17 karts – earlier finishing second in the Dash, and be- ing the third quickest kart in qualifying. Rod Sievwright, who re- cently moved from NSW to Mildura, placed fourth in the State ‘Outlaw’ title from a field of 15 karts, and then finished fifth from 13 Karts in the Des Carsburg Memo- rial – earlier placing third in the Dash and being third fastest in qualifying. The quartet returned from their marathon trip on Monday, and now begin preparations for this Sunday morning’s racing at Sunray- sia Dirt Karters home track – Olympic Park Speedway for the special Ladies Day event. • ACTION MAN: Rod Sievwright burns up the track. Dirt Karting ready for ‘leadfoot ladies’ • Talented female dirt kart drivers Teika Collins, 9, and Tahleesha Mayes, INSET, will compete at this Sunday’s first- ever ‘Ladies Day’ event, which is being held in support of breast cancer awareness. BE PART OF OUR AUCTION You only have until 8pm MONDAY to bid on any of the fantastic items on My Local Auction! Want a houseboat holiday? Tw o nights in luxury accommodation? Or a brand new car? HEAD TO WWW.MYLOCALAUCTION.COM.AU NOW & PLACE A BID BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
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