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Karting track all ready to roll

Emerald Karting Club vice president Dean Davies surveys the scene ahead of this weekend’s public unveiling of the Central Highlands motor sport facility.
Emerald Karting Club vice president Dean Davies surveys the scene ahead of this weekend’s public unveiling of the Central Highlands motor sport facility.

IT has been a long time in the making but finally Emerald's motor sport and driver training facility will get racing underway this weekend.

The state-of-the-art facility located on the town's eastern outskirts is gearing up for its first official practice session tomorrow, followed by a come-and-try event for the public on Sunday.

Ongoing construction and approval delays have hampered the club's efforts to start track work since the original opening date passed in February.

Emerald Karting Club vice president Dean Davies said he had been inundated with queries as to the track's status.

"Everybody wants to race so let's get them out there and race," Davies said.

Davies said the delays were necessary to ensure all aspects of the track were finalised.

"We wanted to make sure everything was ready," he said.

"It's a high-standard facility with high-standard systems.

"We want something that is going to be long term.

"The track is good to go, so the idea is we iron out any problems before competition begins here at the end of May."

One of the largest drawcards of the Central Highlands track is its 10-metre wide, high-quality bitumen surface - one of the biggest and best in the country, according to Davies.

"It's super-fast - senior karts can get up to 160kmh," Davies said.

Licensed karters from across Central Queensland are expected to hit the track from 9am tomorrow for an in-house trial run, before the racing is thrown open to all for the come-and-try day on Sunday.

Cost is $10 per person which includes a kart test drive, all safety gear and fuel.

Members of the public are invited to attend the event from 9am-5pm, with food and drink facilities available on site.


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