Emerald Karting Club revved up for titles
THE Emerald Karting Club will put yet another feather in its cap over the weekend, when it hosts the Queensland Closed Karting Titles.
Club president Shane Nixon said the Emerald Kart Track's reputation as a top-shelf racing venue had grown since it hosted the CQ Series in May.
"We can definitely handle meetings as big as this, and bigger," Nixon said.
"It's the biggest exposure we've had at the club.
"(Hosting) it is a rotational thing, but we were slotted up the list because we're a new club with a fantastic facility."
With an event of this size, Nixon said there would be some formidable drivers competing.
"They're basically coming from all four corners of the state," he said. "Some of the drivers are former and current state champions.
"It's open to any licensed driver in Queensland.
"It's from seven-year-olds to 60, 70, whatever.
"There are 12 classes… we're hoping for the high 100s (of nominations)."
But he said many Emerald Karting Club members would also fancy their chances, particularly Blackwater's Jeremy Sonter - the reigning tag restricted champion who will be competing in the merged sportsman heavy class.
"He'll be out to reclaim the title," he said.
Nixon said the club would also be strongly represented in the sportsman lite class.
"Ben Finch is a very good driver," he said.
"Tony Mobbs, he's also a very good chance."
Practice for the meet kicked off this week, with qualifying to take place and finals to conclude on Sunday.