Town put on show as State, National titles hosted

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
540 kart drivers competed in the state and national titles overall.
Camera Icon540 kart drivers competed in the state and national titles overall.

Wagin’s Great Southern Kart Club has capped off a frantic fortnight of racing, with several members of the club taking out national titles.

Competitors lining up before the event.
Camera IconCompetitors lining up before the event.

Over two historic weekends, the club hosted the sport’s State and national titles.

It was the Great Southern Kart Club’s second time hosting the national titles, and the first time hosting a “double-header” — a rarity in the sport.

The titles brought hundreds of competitors and even more spectators to Wagin, a significant boost to the local economy.

540 kart drivers competed in the state and national titles overall.
Camera Icon540 kart drivers competed in the state and national titles overall.

Nine members of the Great Southern Kart Club placed in the top three from 12 events held over the weekend: James Inglis, Trent Alers, Neil Morrell, Brodie O’Brien, Nathan Chalmers, Tom Callaghan, Joe Chalmers, Jarod Bevan and Joel Ettridge.

280 competitors raced in the national titles.
Camera Icon280 competitors raced in the national titles.

Nathan Chalmers was crowned the national champion in the KT Light division, while Bevan took out both the KT Heavy and KT Twin divisions.

It was the Great Southern second time hosting the sport’s national titles.
Camera IconIt was the Great Southern second time hosting the sport’s national titles.

Inglis won the 200s and came runner-up in the Outlaws division to Ettridge.

Great Southern Kart Club president Mark Davis said about competitors took part in the national titles.

“It is really quite prestigious to hold a national title; it’s not an easy thing to do,” he said.

“As far as I know, only once before there has been a double-header, where you host the State titles and national titles on weekends after each other.”

Racers descended on Wagin from across the country for the titles.
Camera IconRacers descended on Wagin from across the country for the titles. Credit: Wade Aunger

Shire of Wagin president Phillip Blight said the titles were a great way to show off the town.

“(The events were) very well organised, a big boost to the community (and) great for the local economy and tourism,” he said. “I’d like to think that visitors to the town went away with a good appreciation of the area,” he said.

The State titles were held on September 22 and 23.

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