CASTROL CADET CHALLENGERS FOR EASTERN CREEK ANNOUNCED
Six young New South Wales kart racers will be a part of the Castrol Cadet Challenge during round four of the CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE at the Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway next weekend (July 28/29).
The drivers, aged between 8 and 10 years old, will line up in the Challenge at 11:40am on Sunday July 29 at Eastern Creek as they negotiate a ‘slalom’ course, designed to highlight the skill of the youngsters behind the wheel.
Despite all being under the age of ten, these young drivers already posses car control skills and driving techniques that will assist them for when they are old enough to obtain their road licence. When they are racing in competition, they will regularly be in control of their kart at speeds in excess of 80 km/h.
The six youngsters who will form a part of the Castrol Cadet Challenge at next weekend’s event are:
Zak Lobko (10) – Alfords Point – Holy Family Primary Menai
Sharnay Seal (10) – Cranebrook – Penrith Anglican College
William Seal (8) – Cranebrook – Penrith Anglican College
Kallan Maranik (9) – Denistone – Trinity Preparatory School
Kasey Szymkow (8) – Northmead – Northmead Primary School
Cody Burcher (9) – Orange – Catherine McAuley
Australian Karting Association National President Craig Denton believes the Castrol Cadet Challenge is a perfect way of highlighting the fact that the sport of karting teaches youngsters more than just how to drive fast around a racing track.
“Kart racing is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and the Castrol Cadet Challenge is a perfect way to highlight the lessons it teaches the younger generation,” said Denton.
“By the time these children have reached the age of 16 many of them would have been driving a kart for more than half of their life and learning along the way. It’s not only the lessons of driving techniques and car control that they learn either, they gain an understanding of respect on the road and also the consequences of their actions behind the wheel.”
The Australian Karting Association has more than 7,000 members across the country and 26 percent of these members are under the age of 15.
The Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway is located on Peter Brock Drive, Eastern Creek.
Qualifying and heat races will be held from 9am on Saturday July 28 with the finals being contested from 9am through until 3:30pm on Sunday July 29.
Admission is Free for Spectators with catering available.