FAST LANE: Cody Gillis had a win in the last national pro tour series at Sandy Creek Raceway. He returns this weekend as a world championship winner.
FAST LANE: Cody Gillis had a win in the last national pro tour series at Sandy Creek Raceway. He returns this weekend as a world championship winner. Coopers Photography

After three-year absence, national kart racing back in town

KARTING: Wollongong driver Cody Gillis is in second place heading into round five at the Rotax Pro Tour at Sandy Creek Raceway this weekend.

Gillis was a winner at Sandy Creek when Warwick was last part of the tour in 2016.

A year later, Gillis won the world championships in Portugal and then won the Rotax series again last year.

The leader after rounds in Melbourne, Eastern Creek, Queensland Raceway and Pucka Punyal is Castle Hill (Sydney) driver Pierce Lehane.

Windsor (Sydney) driver Brodie Whitmore is third and Tyler Howard, from Sydney, is fourth. Kiwi riders are in eighth and ninth place.

The best-placed Queenslander going into this weekend's round is Ben Jurczak.

There are 100 starters this weekend.

Gillis said he really liked the technical aspects of the Sandy Creek Raceway.

"Practice is very important on Friday so I can see what I am doing wrong and pick up my game to beat Pierce,” he said

"I nearly have to win every race at Warwick and in the last round at Albury to win the series.”

Gillis, 20, is a professional driver for Tom Williamson Motorsport and DPE Kart Technology.

He competes overseas at the end of each year. His first motorsport was motorbike racing.

"I kept crashing my motorbike and Mum said no more so Dad went and bought me a kart,” Gillis said.

Practice on Friday and action all weekend. Free admission. Covered grandstand available for spectators, no charge.