The start of a previous round of the Australian Kart Championship.
The start of a previous round of the Australian Kart Championship.

Elite karters take centre stage at Willowbank

THIS weekend is the Ipswich kart circuit's turn to host a big event with round four of the Australian Kart Championships backed by Jayco and Castrol EDGE.

The event will see more than 220 competitors from across Australia, along with visitors from Singapore, New Zealand, England and Italy in attendance.

In the K2 class, Gold Coaster Jack Doohan, who dominated the previous round in South Australia, is leading the way with a 40-point buffer over Loganholme teenager Harrison Hoey. Wagga driver Cameron Longmore is third in the standings with the Gold Coast pair of Lochie Hughes and Broc Feeney fourth and fifth.

Hughes, who was leading the points entering the previous round, will head into the Ipswich round fresh off a six-week campaign in Europe that saw him finish second in a round of the Italian Championship.

Gold Coast-based Dutchman Marijn Kremers won his first round of the championship in May with success in both the KZ2 and X30 classes.

In the KZ2 class, he led home a trifecta for the Patrizicorse team with Bundaberg's Troy Loeskow and Chris Hays joining him on the podium. It was the first time a team has achieved a one-two-three finish in the 15-year history of the class.

A total of nine classes will contest the event with the youngest at seven years of age lining up in the Cadet 9 class.

Practice will be held today followed by qualifying and the heat races tomorrow and the finals on Sunday.

Meanwhile, things are starting to heat up again at Willowbank Raceway this weekend after a historic 2016 City of Ipswich Winternationals.

Round 5 of the Street Series is on Saturday.

This event is an entry level competition for aspiring drag racing champions.

I might enter this next year because it's so affordable and I can start working my way up to racing with the big boys.

Ipswich competitors are leading the current street series points with Andrew Stathis in the lead for Street Sedan and Phil White for Bikes.

Jody Wentworth, from the Gold Coast, is on top for powderpuff. It's a close race, though, and anyone can take out the street Series track championship after the seven rounds.

On Sunday, Willowbank Raceway will be host to all things two and possibly three-wheeled, with the second annual All Bike Day.

It will be a great day for bike enthusiasts and give them an opportunity to compete in a range of brackets from street bikes to nostalgia. It's a day not to be missed if you love bikes.

At Queensland Raceway, the Ipswich Street Sprints are back for round four.

With over 80 cars competing last time, there will be no doubt be another strong field.

On Sunday, it's another Moto Ride day which will see around 100 bikes on the track.

Expect to see some big names out testing before the Australasian Championships next weekend.

If you love bike racing, you get a double hit at both Willowbank and Queensland Raceway.

Key events

This weekend: Rd 4 Australian Kart Championships, Ipswich Kart Circuit.

Saturday: Street Series, Willowbank Raceway; Ipswich Street Sprints, Queensland Raceway.

Sunday: Moto Ride Day, Queensland Raceway; All Bike Day, Willowbank Raceway.

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