Top racing action as Yamaha karts rev up
COFFSHARBOUR will play host to a unique kart racing event this weekend.
The Yamaha nationals will see karts exclusively fitted with Yamaha engines, the KT 100J and the KT 100S.
One of the highlights of the karting calendar, organisers are expecting more than 100 karters testing their skills on the Hogbin Drive circuit.
Competitors will race in a number of divisions namely midgets, rookies, junior clubman and senior national light, heavy and super heavy.
Event organiser, Coffs Karting Club president, Russell Grimson, is excited about the size of the field and the calibre of drivers.
"We have drivers coming from throughout Australia including a big group from Queensland ," Grimson said.
"We have more than 100 entries this year from as far away as Sydney and Rockhampton.
"These include former Australian champions and current State champions so the standard of racing will be exceptional."
Grimson has more reasons than most to be excited about how the competition has developed as it was his idea which saw the inception of the event two years ago.
"I realised that the KT100J was 21 years old so I thought it would be a great idea to throw some sort of 21st birthday party," he said.
"To have an engine like that last so many years in competition is rare so we needed something special ? Yamaha were keen and that is how we started."
A major drawcard will be the clubman class whih sees former Australian champion Richard McLeod racing against noted performer Matthew Pontello and local drivers Troy Brown and Shane Burns.
There will also be plenty of interest in the junior national light and heavy and the junior national girls division.