NEED FOR SPEED: Former V8 Supercar driver Alan Gurr will head up the Phantom Racing Prokart Endurance team in Coffs Harbour this weekend.
NEED FOR SPEED: Former V8 Supercar driver Alan Gurr will head up the Phantom Racing Prokart Endurance team in Coffs Harbour this weekend. CONTRIBUTED

Go karts go, day and night

ROUND one of the Australian Endurance Kart Championships takes place at Coffs Harbour Kart Club's circuit on Phil Hawthorne Drive this weekend.

Following timed practice, 36 kart teams of between two and five drivers will attack a marathon 12-hour race from noon today with the six-hour event beginning at 9am tomorrow.

After switching back to kart racing, one-time V8 Supercar driver Alan Gurr last drove locally in November, opposed to partner Nicky Laskazeski, the former national 24-hour Prokart champion.

"This time I have moved to a new team which includes Nicky," Gurr said.

"It's the Phantom Racing team that won the Australian Championship and annual 24-hour race last year.

"Nicky and I can't wait to race together and it will be nice to be able to share the highs and, hopefully, not too many lows together."

Gurr said owner Simon Ham and Carl Brown would join he and Laskazeski in the team.

"I'm excited to join as they have a great history in the series and hopefully I can bring something extra to the table and get good results after a frustrating 2012.

"We have also secured sponsorship from Castrol which is a great boost for the team and series to have such a large motorsport-related company onboard.

"Although we haven't had any running in the new 2013 kart, we are confident we can get a good result and start the season the same way Phantom Racing ended last year."

This weekend doubles as round one of the Queensland championship and the second round for NSW.

"Competition will be very tough as there are some very strong teams that already have one race under their belts for the year," Gurr said.

"All will be out to get us as we are carrying the green-and-gold '1' on the kart which is as good as putting a target on your head."

The full racing program can be found at prokart.com.au



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