HISTORIC KART: Ryan Briscoe's kart he competed in while in Europe. The kart will be on display this weekend at the Bundaberg Kart Club. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
HISTORIC KART: Ryan Briscoe's kart he competed in while in Europe. The kart will be on display this weekend at the Bundaberg Kart Club. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Briscoe's kart on display at race meet

LIKE most motorsport stars, Australian Indycar and V8 Supercar driver Ryan Briscoe started his career in karting.

Racing in the '90s he won an Australian, Italian and North American championship as he forged his career in the sport.

Now a part of his history is here in Bundaberg this weekend for the latest round of the championship at the kart club.

Over two days fans can take a look at the kart Briscoe raced and check out the action as other karts drive around the Dromeside Track.

With plenty of entries so far for the event, which doubles as a club meet, president Richard Litzow said it promised to be a great two days of racing.

"It's a two-day meet with a full program of racing in modern and past era," Litzow said.

"We're expecting 80 to 90 competitors which is double our last round," he said.

Litzow also said there were plenty of local drivers to look out for.

"Lachy Stocks will be one to watch in Cadet 9," he said.

"Bradley Balchin is also one to look out for in Junior National Light and Junior Clubman."

One other local to look out for is Toby Hopton, who is a third-generation karter in Bundaberg.

He won't be competing this weekend, but he will demonstrate a kart raced in the 1980s.

After two years of restoring the kart to its current condition, Hopton said it had been good to use it again.

"It's a 1984 Kali Kart and a Formula K chassis which they used to race back in the days," he said.

"I like the appearance of the older karts without the plastic and they sound

better."

Using the kart purely for running it around the track, Hopton said it was a chance to have some fun.

There will be more historic karts throughout the weekend with plenty of local club action as well.

Racing starts at noon today and continues at 8am tomorrow.

Entry is free for all spectators.



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