Weipa to host dirt kart state titles
WHEN it comes to dirt-kart racing, Weipa is the little town that could.
In two years it has gone from a few guys and their toys to a fully fledged association, set to host Queensland's first dirt-kart state titles.
Boasting 100 members and about 40 regular riders, dirt-karting is a big deal in Weipa.
And the town of about 3500 has convinced the sport's governing body they are fit to play host to their big day.
The Australian Independent Dirt Kart Association already holds national titles in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, but will add to that with an event at the Weipa Kart Club in July next year.
"It's great in a lot of ways," AIDKA club delegate Michael Brooker said.
"Big teams from around the country are keen to come and get their names on the trophy first, plus it just helps build the club."
Brooker's big focus is getting juniors and promoting the sport as a family activity.
"Every member of the family can and does ride, it's fantastic," he said. "You see kids looking through the fence at races wanting to do it too, and we want to make that happen."
As many as 300 competitors are expected to enter next year's championship.
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Start your engines: Weipa Dirt Kart Club will host the Queensland Titles next year.