OFF AND RACING: Natalie Mortensen is one of 12 in the first Queen of the Karts.
OFF AND RACING: Natalie Mortensen is one of 12 in the first Queen of the Karts. Blake Antrobus

Team format and Queen of the Karts provide a new annual race

SPEEDWAY: It started as a fun, social introduction for people to get behind the wheel of a different machine to what many are used to driving.

It has become one of the biggest events on Maryborough Speedway's karting calendar.

The Double Trouble/Queen of the Karts will feature more than 50 karts and 80 drivers in its inaugural edition Saturday.

The Double Trouble concept was an idea to give regular speedway drivers a chance to drive a smaller vehicle and provide a taste for people who had yet to try motorsport.

It pairs a regular karts driver alongside an inexperienced driver across three classes: junior, standard and allpowers.

But the overwhelming response has given Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller another showpiece event which could become an annual exhibition.

"We originally set it up as a fun event for the off-season but we ended up with more than 50 karts,” he said. "It is a lot bigger than what we'd expected.

"With a regular race meeting you might get 40 karts and for the series as many as 50 or 60. The response we've got, we might look at making it an annual event.

"It's more of a 'see how you go' for other drivers. We wanted to run something different and it's really taken off.”

Queen of the Karts will feature some of the best karts drivers in Maryborough Speedway's regular winter series alongside some who have not raced in a decade.

Racing starts at 2pm.

Entry is free.



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