RACE IS ON: Raphiel Lafaele leads a small group in kart racing at Sandy Creek Raceway last month.
RACE IS ON: Raphiel Lafaele leads a small group in kart racing at Sandy Creek Raceway last month. Gerard Walsh

Accolades to karting club in run up to national round

KARTING: After three years of campaigning, Warwick Karting Club president Peter Lane is ready for round five of the Rotax Pro Tour national round in Warwick this weekend.

Warwick held a round in 2016 and missed out the following year, prompting Lane to press hard to bring a national round back to Warwick.

"There will be 100 drivers from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia at the meeting,” he said.

Counting pit crews, there will be up to 400 visitors in the paddock with the karts at the weekend.

"Many of the drivers have competed at least once in Warwick in the past year to get a feel for the track before the national round,” Lane said.

"The club has already received a lot of accolades for our track and facilities this week.”

While many of the drivers were at Sandy Creek by Thursday, they were not allowed on the track until official practice on Friday.

Practice is also on from 8am to 9.20am Saturday before qualifying and racing until Sunday afternoon.

Karts will be driven anti-clockwise on the 983m circuit at Sandy Creek.

Thirty volunteers from Warwick Karting Club will run the national round with support from series officials.

The major prizes for the series won't be presented until the final round at Albury.

"The top three riders in each class win a trip to the world titles late in the year,” Lane said.

The karting club has spent a lot of money on the facilities and will be trucking bore water to the site for the weekend.

"Council gave us one load of water,” he said.

Four series rounds have been held at Melbourne, Eastern Creek (Sydney), Queensland Raceway and Pucka Punyal.

Warwick Karting Club member Ryan Laycock will compete this weekend in the junior max class.

After this weekend, the next action at Sandy Creek Raceway are rounds five and six of the club championships on September8 and November 10.

Series leaders national light 125

1. Pierce Lehane - Castle Hill (Sydney)

2. Cody Gillis - Wollongong

3. Brodie Whitmore - Windsor (Sydney)

4. Tyler Howard - Sydney

Best-placed Queenslander - Ben Jurczak (11th).