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05 May 2021
By DEAN LAWSON
The profile and promotion of go-kart racing in the Wimmera is set to undergo a major boost with confirmation of State Government backing for a major revamp of a track at Dooen.
The State Government has provided $153,706 for Wimmera Kart Racing Club through a Community Motorsport Program to extend the circuit.
Confirmation of government backing for the project, of which the Wimmera club will also provide $40,000, will extend the circuit from 518 to 650 metres, increasing grid capacity for competitors.
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Club president Remo Luciani said initial planning for the project had started almost a decade ago and work was likely to start in October.
“This is far from an afterthought. It has long been in the club plans in an effort to bring the track up to a modern standard,” he said.
“It will mean more participation in the club, more drivers on the track and will make us eligible for more major events in the future.
“The track hasn’t had an upgrade for more than 40 years and it is very exciting for us and our sport.
“Overall the project will dramatically raise prospects for go-kart racing in Horsham.
“It would not have been possible without the funding made available through the Community Motorsport Program.”
Mr Luciani said the project represented the first stage of an overall redevelopment of the site.
“We also have plans for stage two and three,” he said.
The go-kart track is part of a broader Dooen motorsport hub that also includes a high-ranking motocross circuit.
Horsham has a long history of go-kart racing, which apart from being an international motorsport in its own right, has a traditionally strong link with other forms of motor sport including Formula One racing.
It also provides opportunities for young drivers to learn the foundations of safety and vehicle-
handling and budding mechanics to gain insight into engineering.
Mr Luciani has been a primary trail-blazer of go-kart racing in Horsham, lifting the profile of the sport by competing at elite levels and turning his hobby into a major business, Remo Racing.
Wimmera Kart Racing Club will present a round of the sport’s Victorian Country Series on July 17 and 18.
Organisers expect the fourth of a six-round series to attract more than 200 competitors and swell Horsham’s population by about 1000.
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