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KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BE 'BIGGER THAN BEN HUR'

KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BE 'BIGGER THAN BEN HUR'

With over 460 competitors coming from all corners of Australia and New Zealand to compete in the Victorian Karting Championships in Geelong next month the event is set to be ‘bigger than Ben Hur.’ 

With over 460 competitors coming from all corners of Australia and New Zealand to compete in the Victorian Karting Championships in Geelong next month the event is set to be ‘bigger than Ben Hur.’ 

The three-day event, starting on Friday February 8, will feature drivers from seven years old in the Midgets category, teenagers in the junior classes, adults in the senior categories and there is even a class for those more experienced in life – the over 40 year olds. 

Karting is where all of today’s current day motorsport stars started their career. When looking at last year’s V8 Supercar Championship top ten championship finishers, every one of them started their careers in karting. In fact, when Geelong hosted the 1998 Australian Championships current V8 Supercar drivers Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, Paul Dumbrell and Steve Owen all competed. 

In this year’s Victorian Championships the next generation of famous Australian motorsport names will be in action – namely Aaron Seton (son of 1997 V8 Supercar Champion Glenn) and Matthew Brabham (grandson of three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack). 

Seton, who hails from the Gold Coast, will compete in the Midgets category against 24 other competitors while reaching speeds in excess of 80 km/h in a controlled environment. It is this sort of experience that provides these children, both boys and girls, basic driving skills well before they are able to obtain their road licence. 

Amongst the 16 categories that make up the event, which is sponsored by Pettaras Press, is no less than six current National Champions. 

The largest field of drivers is the elite category of Clubman Light where 54 drivers will assemble to do battle during qualifying and the heat races in a attempt to secure a berth for the 32 spots available on the grid in the championship final. 

Included in this field is multiple-time National Champions Jason Burns and Bart Price (who is also the reigning Victorian Champion), Western Australian hotshots Steven Scoble and Deepal Kandola along with local driver Aaron Ivermee and female competitors Abby Kellie and Carly Anderson. 

“This event is set to be the biggest entry list for a single race meeting in Australian karting throughout 2008. There will be non-stop action throughout all three days of the championships,” said Victorian Karting Association President David Murray. 

“The Geelong club are continually improving their facility to ensure it remains as one of the best venues in Australian karting. 

“With over 460 competitors coming from all across Australia and New Zealand it is not only karting which will benefit from the championships but also the entire region with most competitors arriving late next week with their crews. 

“The last time Geelong hosted the National Championships it broke the record for the number of entries received for the event and I believe the number of entries this year would also go close as a record for a Victorian Championship. 

“All in all it looks set to be a fantastic event and if anyone wants to see tomorrow’s stars of Australian motorsport in action they should come out to the track to check out the racing.” 

Qualifying for the Victorian Karting Championships sponsored by Pettaras Press begins on Friday February 8 followed by heat races on Saturday February 9 and the championship finals on February 10. 

2008 VICTORIAN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Sponsored by Pettaras Press
 

MIDGETS 
2 Aaron Seton 
3 Zac Vassallo 
4 Nicky Richards 
5 Reese Wooley 
6 Jake Klein 
8 Jordan Boys 
11 Tyler Morrison 
12 Brock Boley 
17 Joshua Buggy 
18 Jaidyn Job 
20 Justin Ford 
21 Danny Carroll 
25 Dylan Slits 
31 Lachie Kerr 
36 Chase Wooley 
39 Robert Titherington 
41 Justin Black 
55 Damon Strongman 
77 Giulian Dichiera 
78 Nicholas Larry 
86 Max Kranjc 
89 Jake Dixon 
90 Reece Sidebottom 
91 Thomas Prascevic 
95 Josh Dean 
96 Liam McLellan 
97 Mitchell Griffin 
99 Chris Corbett 

ROOKIES 
3 James Hughes 
2 Ashlon Gardner 
3 Matthew McLean 
4 Mitchell Sires 
5 Dylan Higgins 
6 Scott May 
7 Jesse Elliott 
8 Luke Bergens 
11 Zachary Phillips 
14 Jake Coleman 
15 Brock Plumb 
16 Jack Oosthuizen 
17 Nickolas Reissis 
22 Jayden Wallis 
27 Blaine Densley 
31 James Golding 
33 Brody Appleby 
34 Daniel Wiles 
41 Jonathan Venter 
44 Reece Bloomfield 
45 Mitch Wilson 
47 Matthew Smith 
48 Liam Morey 
52 Isabella Thomas 
65 Mitchell Whitehead 
66 Jobe Sims 
71 Mathew McLellan 
81 Giacomo Dichiera 
82 Edward Murphy-Brown 
92 Ricky Capo 
93 Jordan Lloyd 
94 Jorden Dickens 
95 Adrian Lazzaro 
96 Joseph Mawson 
97 Dylan Howell 
98 Billy Johnstone 
99 Cameron Hill 

JUNIOR NATIONAL LIGHT 
3 Lucas Ward 
4 Brooke Topp 
5 Adam Marjoram 
6 Liam Sager 
7 Josh Hunter 
8 Nick Ashmore 
9 James Kovacic 
10 Jesse Dixon 
11 Cameron Waters 
14 Jordan Nicoloau 
17 Steven Mackenzie 
21 Stephen Jones 
24 Shayla Golding 
25 Darren Barnes 
27 Damien Watson 
28 Brett Dillon 
33 Bronson Butcher 
36 Benjamin Capuano 
37 Josh Raneri 
38 James Macken 
39 Jake Howard 
40 Nicholas Ellen 
43 Benjamin Harm 
44 Michael Womersley 
45 Andrew Carey 
46 Ben Wilson 
47 Tyler Cramer 
62 Mathew Hart 
66 Tyler Greenbury 
69 Blake Siberras 
71 Brittany Hall 
72 Sam Taylor 
73 Tyler McDonald 
75 Tobias Bellbowen 
77 Jake Campana 
78 Sam Howard 
82 Luke Cousins 
83 Matthew Brabham 
90 Wayne Bourke 
92 Nathan Di Camillo 
93 Hayden Cooper 
94 Bradley Jenner 
95 Jack Wynack 
96 Warren White Jnr 
97 Christopher Hayes 

JUNIOR NATIONAL HEAVY 
1 Blake Sciberras 
2 Clancy Purdie 
3 Jack Dimsey 
5 Darsey Kondopirakis 
7 Caleb Rayner 
9 Andrew Rae 
11 Hayden Dodman 
16 Karl Barvich 
17 Gemma Deakin 
19 Alex Howe 
21 Callum Williamson 
23 Mason Thomas 
24 Justin Phivopoulos 
31 Jake Boyer 
34 William Sculpher 
47 Tyler Cramer 
48 Ben Stewart 
50 Jaymee Frampton 
53 Travis Kodric 
55 Garry Jacobson 
63 Aaron Johnstone 
71 Nathan Morcom 
76 Lewis Sutherland 
81 Mitchell Wilmot 
82 Jack Flood 
88 Joshua De Maio 
90 Christopher Halesworth 
92 Jake McNally 
93 Hayden Cooper 
94 Tim Holowell 
97 Richard Muscat 
98 Dale Corbett 
99 Daniel Oosthuizen 

JUNIOR CLUBMAN 
2 James Kovacic 
3 Damien Ward 
6 Tyler Greenbury 
7 Matthew Hunt 
8 Joshua Burdon 
9 Andrew Rae 
11 Maverick Benson 
17 Reese Kawitzki 
19 Steven Tamasi 
20 Jordan Ford 
21 Callum Williamson 
24 Max Johnston 
34 Kayne Hughes 
35 Luke Rochford 
38 Scott Purdie 
39 Jack Howard 
43 Andrew Wiles 
48 Ben Stewart 
53 Travis Kodric 
55 Garry Jacobson 
62 Jarrod Egan 
63 Aaron Johnstone 
71 Nathan Morcom 
72 Sam Taylor 
76 Lewis Sutherland 
77 Caleb Rayner 
82 Jack Flood 
83 Matthew Brabham 
88 Joshua De Maio 
92 Jake McNally 
93 Sammuel Lee 
94 Tim Holowell 
95 Jack Wynack 
96 Ben Lincoln 
97 Christopher Hayes 
98 Scott McLaughlin 
99 Richard Muscat 

SENIOR NATIONAL LIGHT 
3 Samantha Millar 
4 Glenn Riddell 
8 Iain McDougall 
9 Gavin Orr 
10 Melissa Hopgood 
11 Matthew Panella 
12 Megan Hapgood 
13 Matthew Waters 
16 Amanda Richardson 
20 Cian Fothergill 
23 Lincoln Benns 
24 Nathan Compagnino 
33 Ben Lowerson 
37 Dylan Collett 
44 Dominc Lostitch 
46 Dale Beaton 
49 Jack Cox 
51 Ashley Sinclair 
63 Ross Blain 
66 Phillip Betteridge 
68 Madeline Norris 
74 Jesse Bond 
77 Daniel Baker 
89 Chris Thomas 
89 James True 
92 Thomas Phillips 
95 James May 
97 Waylon Sims 

SENIOR NATIONAL HEAVY 
1 Daniel Stein 
13 Matthew Waters 
17 Seb Geritz 
19 Marshall Watson 
25 Nathan Mitchell 
37 Shaun Cleary 
53 Brett Wilkinson 
66 Adam Blain 
70 Brendan Nelson 
92 Johnathan Males 
95 James May 

CLUBMAN LIGHT 
2 Bryce Moore 
4 Jye O'Keeffe 
5 Tristan Holstein 
7 Troy Rumens 
8 Bret Mullavey 
9 Justin Carter 
10 Anthony Sammut 
11 Amrit Kandola 
12 Matthew Panella 
13 Bart Price 
15 Chris Fathers 
16 Christopher Dodman 
18 Zeke Edwards 
19 Ashley Lear 
20 Cian Fothergill 
21 Brenton Simonds 
22 Daniel Price 
23 Carly Anderson 
24 Sarron Caddy 
25 Christopher Pratt 
27 Ashley Rintoul 
31 Jason Burns 
33 Marc Pracy 
34 Steven Scoble 
35 Scott Dillon 
36 Jake Foutacre 
37 Dylan Collett 
40 Mitchell McLeod 
41 Leigh Nicoloau 
44 Scott Andrews 
45 Dominc Lostich 
50 Jordan Sanderson 
52 Matthew Hayes 
55 Gabriel Sciarra 
56 Dean Foster 
57 David Whitmore 
58 Aaron Ivermee 
68 Madeline Norris 
72 Toby Pope 
73 Deepal Kandola 
78 Stuart White 
80 Mark Domaschenz 
81 Stephen Sheedy 
82 Ryan Sanderson 
83 James Vereker 
87 Jeremy Mott 
88 Luke Fong 
89 James True 
94 James Sera 
95 Cody Price 
96 Stefan Millard 
97 Lydon Dodge 
98 Adam Willison 
99 Abbie Kellie 

CLUBMAN HEAVY 
2 Nathan Mills 
3 Franky Constanzo 
4 Scott King 
5 Mitchell Cuzens 
6 Peter Lawler 
7 Simon Roberts 
8 Jeff Thom 
9 Thomas Janusz 
10 Paul Rodgers 
12 James Greenwood 
14 Jeremy Anderson 
15 Matthew Wall 
19 Matt Chambers 
20 Remo Luciani 
22 Gordon Wilson 
23 Danny Errigo 
25 Darren Camilleri 
27 Tim Barnes 
28 Hayden Stephenson 
32 Bevan Garioch 
33 Simon Myers 
37 Shannon Pearce 
41 Christian de Vrieze 
42 Simon Hunter 
43 David Schulz 
44 James Reynolds 
45 Jason Hryniuk 
47 Zane Wyatt 
49 Mal Ensbey 
50 Lachie Frampton 
62 Matty Dorado 
66 Aaron Rintoul 
67 Mike Godsell 
70 Brendan Nelson 
71 Greg Dicker 
77 Daniel Baker 
88 Trevor Whitby 
90 Lee Mitchener 
91 Callin Sanderson 
92 David Hudson 
93 Travis Millar 
98 Michael Cross 
99 Paul Pittam 

CLUBMAN SUPER HEAVY 
1 Scott Simpson 
2 Phil Straughen 
5 Jason Stania 
9 Thomas Janusz 
10 Jarrod Wilson 
15 Samm Harrington 
57 Joe Romeo 
63 Anthony Capitano 
74 Ben McKinlay 
88 Nathan Van Hulst 
90 Nick Scudds 
96 Ben Vardon 
99 Mick Angwin 

CLUBMAN OVER 40's 
3 Glen Chadwick 
4 Phillip Smith 
9 Peter Gooch 
10 Steve Pattaras 
11 Leon Forrest 
20 Remo Luciani 
23 Paul Rietdyk 
32 Bevan Garioch 
33 Rodney Capuano 
46 Trevor Handley 
52 Wayne Nipperess 
59 Dale Madden 
68 Neil Silke 
71 Greg Dicker 
74 Ron Gaw 
79 Simon Layne 
89 Adam Bourke 
99 Michael Miller 

LEOPARD LIGHT 
3 George Geranis 
4 Geoffrey Uhrane 
5 Kristian Lindbom 
6 Aaron Cousins 
8 Zeke Edwards 
10 Ben Edwards 
11 Amrit Kandola 
15 Kurt White 
14 Grant Smith 
18 Phillip King 
22 Owen Perry 
25 Daniel Tooby 
26 Andrew Mercuri 
29 Kyle Ensbey 
30 Jedd Stojakovic 
31 Jason Burns 
33 Andrew Johnstone 
41 Hayden McBride 
42 John Grother 
45 Jason Hryniuk 
15 Matthew Wall 
57 David Whitmore 
58 Paul Burgess 
64 Andrew Sheedy 
65 Adam Hughes 
73 Deepal Kandola 
81 Fergus Symes 
82 Ryan Sanderson 
85 Steven Edmunds 
88 Zac Lennon 
90 Lee Mitchener 
92 Thomas Phillips 
94 James Sera 
96 David Sera 
99 Stefan Millard 

LEOPARD HEAVY 
1 Matt Greenbury 
2 Nathan Mills 
3 Josh Brooker 
4 Harvey Morrison 
5 Dominic Albanese 
6 Kristian Hanley 
10 Aaron Cunningham 
12 Bobby Bourke 
14 Jeremy Anderson 
23 Scott Simpson 
28 Hayden Stephenson 
29 Alan Parkinson 
31 Mark Cowley 
33 Rick Pringle 
46 Michael Griffiths 
47 Zane Wyatt 
55 Justin Schneider 
79 Simon Layne 
88 Daniel Stein 
90 Daniel Richert 
91 Craig Stauner 
95 Richard Camilleri 

ROTAX LIGHT 
3 Franky Costanzo 
4 Geoffrey Uhrane 
5 Tom Williamson 
6 Brinley Gread 
8 Jaye Graham 
9 Troy Woolston 
14 Paul Hamilton 
15 Corey McCullagh 
17 Reece Broady 
18 Ryan Rannard 
22 Christopher Pratt 
31 Craig Brogan 
32 Cameron Thorpe 
36 Daniel Rochford 
38 Luigi Catanese 
39 Jake Spencer 
43 Kyle Bell 
51 Andrew Gillespie 
61 Darren Anderson 
70 Brendan Nelson 
99 Jack Lindgren 

ROTAX HEAVY 
3 Simon Myers 
4 Benjamin Schippers 
5 Jason Stania 
9 Anthony Ciccone 
12 Joe Canals 
14 Brett Davidson 
19 Andrew Torville 
27 Bruce Otter 
31 Matthew Griffin 
33 Rick Pringle 
40 Luc Price 
46 Mitchell Van Es 
53 David Aldersley 
66 Andrew Quinn 
74 Ben McKindlay 
76 Nathan Van Es 
78 Brad Wyatt 
88 Ash Pollard 
89 Josh Willett 
93 Adam De Borre 

FORMULA 100 
3 Scott Webb 
4 Hayden McBride 
5 Dominic Albanese 
6 Peter Klein 
10 Steve Pattaras 
16 Kristopher Trotter 
17 Ben Albanese 
18 Mark Domaschenz 
23 Sarron Caddy 
24 Andrew Findlay 
25 Sam Albanese 
32 Peter Nowlan 
39 Clinton Purdie 
44 Chris Stern 
52 Matthew Hayes 
58 Aaron Ivermee 
70 Scott Connole 
90 Daniel Richert 
96 David Sera 

ABOUT KARTING 
Karting is a sport for people of all ages - from as young as seven to over 70 years old, everyone can enjoy it! 

With children racing at speeds up to 80km/h it is a sport that teaches these kids, both boys and girls, basic driving skills well before they are able to obtain their road licence. 

There is no doubt karting is competitive but it is also fun and family orientated, with involvement in the sport both on and off the track giving it a strong feeling of community. It teaches driving skills and offers people an opportunity to gain a career in motorsport, all in a safe and organised environment. 

Kart meetings take place at circuits across Australia every weekend and are either a club, regional, state or national level meeting. There are 92 clubs across Australia affiliated with the Australian Karting Association. 

These clubs are mainly sprint kart clubs which race on bitumen circuits however, some regions also have dirt and speedway tracks which drivers can race at. An alternative to the traditional style of karting is a recent addition to Australian circuits, endurance karting. 

A full list of clubs and contact details for karting clubs across Australia can be found athttp://www.www.karting.net.au/ 

ABOUT PETTARAS PRESS 
Steve Pettaras and the team at Pettaras Press have been supporting karting and the motorsport industry for more than 12 years. During this time they have helped many young drivers achieve their dreams and goals including Joshua Scott, Paul Laskazeski, Jason Burns and Justin Ruggier. 

Based in Sydney, Pettaras Press are printers by trade and still believe that printing is an ‘art’. Every project is delivered to the highest standard, no matter what it takes to get there. 

The team at Pettaras Press have a solution for all your printing needs, no matter how big or small. They also have a packaging business, Atlas Specialised Packaging, to compliment its printing business. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 
Lee Hanatschek - BAM Media 
Phone: 07 5563 1155 
Mobile: 0403 531 914 

Chris Jordan - BAM Media 
Phone: 07 5563 1155 
Mobile: 0412 936 338 

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