Get your engines ready! More than 90 karting teams from across Queensland have converged on the Bundaberg Kart Club track on University Drive for a weekend of fast-paced racing action.
The Bundaberg 2019 Patrizicorse State Cup is underway and consists of two days of action-packed racing around the tracks, with competitors from all ages vying for the top spot.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Sport and Recreational portfolio spokesperson Cr Helen Blackburn attended the venue this morning to promote the event and said the competition was a great opportunity for the Bundaberg Region.
“It's fantastic to have all of these people come in from around the state to visit Bundaberg; we love having visitors here and the economic growth that it gives us is just amazing as well,” Cr Blackburn said.
“We are really excited to have this event here and I urge everyone to come on down and cheer on these great races on Saturday and Sunday.”
Future stars in the making
Commentator and promotional officer Kevin Davies said 95 teams were ready to race, with up to 300 people expected in the pits this weekend.
He said drivers started from as young as eight years old and were already motoring ahead toward a successful career.
“It is really great to look at some of these eight and nine year olds racing around the track at 80kmh; they could be a star of the future,” he said.
“The people that start in karting ,then go on to be our V8 drivers, our Formula One drivers … this is where it all starts.”
Mr Davies said the Bundaberg business community had been generous in their support of the event, offering some fantastic incentives for the winning drivers.
“There is $10,000 worth of prizes from all the local companies that have come on board to show their support which is just fantastic,” he said.
The Bundaberg 2019 Patrizicorse State Cup official racing kicks off from 8am tomorrow (13 April) until Sunday afternoon.