Local karter to compete in Macau
A BUNDABERG karter will have an ex-V8 Supercar driver and Formula One star on his side as he competes in Macau next week in the Asia-Pacific karting championship.
Last month, Troy Loeskow signed a deal for next year with Patrizicorse which is run by Michael Patrizi who competed in five Bathurst 1000 races from 2008 to 2012.
Currently they use the
Ricciardo Kart designed and produced by Formula One star and Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo.
This deal has allowed the 20-year-old to not only compete next year but also travel overseas and compete in the CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific series next week in Macau.
Part of a four round series Loeskow will compete against the best from around the world and nine other Australians.
He said he looked forward to competing in the event.
"I travel to China next week and spend a week preparing for the event," Loeskow said.
"It will be good to represent Bundaberg on the national stage again."
Earlier this year, Loeskow travelled to Italy and qualified for in the top 10 for the 20th Winter Cup.
While he didn't finish the race, he said a lot of lessons from the event would help him in Macau.
"Macau will be similar to Italy in that I will be thrown up against a lot of good drivers," he said.
"After experiencing it in Italy I am confident of giving a good showing in Macau."
Loeskow added the track walk and practice sessions would be important.
"I've never competed in Macau so learning quickly will be the aim," he said.
"I'm currently in the process of looking at YouTube videos as well to make sure we are prepared."
Loeskow will compete in KZ2 class and said he was going there to do well.
"I'm not there to make up the numbers," he said.
"The goal is to be up the front and gain valuable experience for next season."
This year Loeskow finished ninth in the Australian Karting championship in his first year in the KZ2 class.
After winning the Australian Karting championship in the KF2 class last year, Loeskow said he was happy with his year.
"This year was all about gaining experience and getting to grips with the six speed gearbox in the kart," he said.
"My results could have been better but I'm confident the mistakes I made won't happen next year."
Loeskow now aims to compete in both the KZ2 championship again and the Rotax Pro Tour championship in the DD2 class.
He said with a strong team his goals were much higher next year.
"This move has been in the pipeline since early this year," he said.
"I'll now be in a strong team so hopefully the results will come in both championships."
He also says it will be a privilege to race for Patrizi and Ricciardo.
"Both have been great mentors to me and I can't wait to race for them. This drive in Macau would not have been possible without them."
Loeskow competes in the event from December 9 to 12.