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Courtney happy to help the next generation

RACING WEEKEND: James Courtney with Blayke Wagner before the race at the Bundaberg track.
RACING WEEKEND: James Courtney with Blayke Wagner before the race at the Bundaberg track. Paul Donaldson BUN100917KARTS2

MOTORSPORT: Being in Bundaberg brought back fond memories for Supercars driver James Courtney.

The 2010 V8 Supercars champion was in the region during the weekend for the final round of the Central Queensland Championships, which he sponsors through his company James Courtney Karts.

The meet brought Courtney back to where it all began with the current Walkinshaw driver beginning in karts before entering Supercars in 2005.

In fact, Courtney celebrated a special milestone while he was in the region.

"This weekend is 20 years since I won my second world championship,” he said.

"My whole career has come from karting and this is where you learn all the race craft and technical aspects of racing and driving.”

"It's great to come here and see all the blokes have a good time.”

Courtney said it was good to give back to a sport he was passionate about.

"Anthony Myers, a dealer in Gladstone, came to us with the idea of taking the series over,” he said.

"It's great brand exposure, we have really strong sales with our karts in the whole of Queensland and in this region.

"We jumped at the chance.”

Courtney was pleased with what he saw in Bundaberg.

"To be honest, I was quite surprised with the professionalism and the presentation of the track,” he said.

"The racing has been great and we're pretty happy with how our blokes are going with our chassis.

"There's always action on track, I'll be back for sure.”

Courtney is now focused on the Sandown 500 and admits his season hasn't been great so far. He sits 20th in the championship.

The Holden driver will partner with Jack Perkins at the event this Friday.

At the meet, Zac Bull (Cadet 9), Scott Hoffman (TAG 125 light), Scott O'Neill (KA3 Senior Heavy) and Ty Spencer (KA4 Junior) won their classes without losing a race all weekend.