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Eastern Goldfields Kart Club’s last meet a chance to toast COVID-hit season’s success

The Eastern Goldfields Kart Club has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic and enters its final meeting of the season today in a position where it is rebuilding nicely.

Club president Shane Lee said this year’s season had been “disjointed”.

“Racing ceased in March when the pandemic hit and returned in July gradually under a new set of amended regulations and control measures,” he said.

“Like most sports, we had to get our heads around the new rules and ways we could participate safely, and that meant a few changes.

“Much has moved online now and the things like traditional drivers briefings at the track before racing and online also and social distancing featuring heavily.”

Lee said the club’s membership and kart count had suffered because of the pandemic, but was building up again, with some new members joining recently.

He said today’s club championships at the track at the end of Greenhill Rd in West Kalgoorlie involved all age divisions, from seven-year-old cadets through to seniors.

“The kids aged seven to 12 years old have been our stars this year,” he said. “They are sure to be the stars of the future and the club focus is heavily on fostering junior development.”

Lee said several members had raced at various tracks in the State early before the COVID-19 lockdown, and again later in the year, with varying degrees of success.

“In the performance KZ2 gearbox class we have had James and Scott McKie, Jacob De Jong and Connor Wroth all represent the club well in the prestigious KZ2 State Series along with former EGKC member and multiple state champion Courtney Gough, now a member of the Hurricane Kart Club in Wundowie, but we still claim her as ours.

“In the four-round Southern Zone Series Aiden Wright claimed third place in the hotly contested Cadet 12 division with solid performances in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance and Lake King, and Matt Rossack picked up the series win and coveted black plates for Open Performance, with Jacob De Jong placing second.”

Racing starts at 3pm today with the action continuing until about 9pm under lights, with presentations afterwards. Canteen and bar facilities will be available and spectator entry is free.

Racing resumes next February.

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