Putting the karts before the course
ROCKHAMPTON kart drivers have some of Queensland's best in their sights when they hit the Queensland State Titles in Gladstone starting to- morrow.
Matthew Dicinoski, Brenton Sim- mons and Brent Hagedorn are among the starters and are fresh from last weekend's club success.
Both Dicinoski and Hagedorn have had V8 Supercar driver Steve Ellery as their mentor in recent months with Ellery walking the Gladstone track with the pair to help them look for racing lines and strategies.
Ellery is racing V8 Supercars in China this weekend so he is unable to watch his karting enthusiasts in action, but the Ellery family will be represented when his son Dalton joins the State title starters in the midget class.
All three drivers are chances of claiming a State title, consistency will be the key in their repsective classes.
Rockhampton Kart Club's Gavin Dicinoski said that while motor- sport had become a real force in Australian sport, karting in Rock- hampton still struggled.
Gavin, who has strong ties with several V8 Supercar teams, is en- couraging more people who want a shot at the big time to hit the local track which is the breeding ground for future champions.
Organisers are expecting about 300 nominations for the titles. The event is expected to draw drivers of all ages from the Gold Coast in the south to Cairns in the north.
Racing starts in Gladstone tomor- row before continuing on Saturday and Sunday with the presentations on Monday.