Karting series headed for Ipswich

ORGANISERS of the CIK Stars of Karting Series have confirmed the opening round of the 2011 championship will be in Ipswich.

The decision by series organisers, the International Karting Committee, to hold the opening round of the series on the original scheduled date of February 26-27 at the Willowbank circuit has come following numerous hours of research regarding the rebuilding process.

“After many phone calls to the Ipswich City Council, along with various people and business owners in the Ipswich region, the general consensus was the mass clean-up will see the region ‘almost' back to normal within a few weeks,” series co-ordinator Peter Galvin said.

“The accommodation houses we spoke to encouraged us to maintain our existing date, a sentiment that was echoed by the Mayor of Ipswich Paul Pisasale and Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Michael Munt.

“Motorsport is something that Ipswich is renowned for with the Queensland Raceway, Willowbank Raceway and Ipswich Kart Club hosting some of the country's top-line motor racing events,” Cr Pisasale said. “As admission to the event is free, it will certainly provide our community with an enjoyable event where the family can go out and see some great motorsport action.”

In conjunction with the series opening round, the Australian Karting Association will hold a fund-raising night.



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