Kart club gearing for Sapphire Cup

Pinnacle event: A good field of drivers lines up on the starting grid during last year's Sapphire Cup with good entries for this year's racing.
Pinnacle event: A good field of drivers lines up on the starting grid during last year's Sapphire Cup with good entries for this year's racing.

Bathurst is done and dusted and local petrol heads are gearing up for the Sapphire Coast Kart Club’s biggest annual race meet.

The Sapphire Coast Kart Club will be running its prestigious Momsen Motors Sapphire Cup 2016 over the last weekend in October. 

The event runs over three days with practice open all day on October 28 from 10am to 5pm. 

Competitive laps will hit the track on Saturday and Sunday. 

The club will have full facilities and a canteen available over the meet and spectators are urged to head along and enjoy the meet. 

“This is the biggest go kart race of the year for the club, and it attracts racers from across NSW as well as ACT and Victoria,” a spokesman for the club said.  

“There will be no better time to catch some of the best racing action on the Sapphire Coast.”

The spokesman said the local field of racers will use their unique knowledge of the Frogs Hollow circuit to match it with the talented field of visitors. 

“And racing will go ahead in almost any weather – yes the Karts can use rain tyres so all eyes will be on the track,” he said. 

“The Frogs Hollow venue is a credit to the Bega Valley, the track is demanding and provides exciting racing.

"The Momsen Motors Sapphire Cup is a great weekend for locals and visitors alike to visit Frogs Hollow and watch go kart racing at its best.” 

Spectators and visitors are welcomed and entry is free.  Just look for the Frogs Hollow sign on the Princes Highway 12km south of Bega.  

Heats and finals will be held across Saturday and Sunday across an array of 14 separate classes. 

For Juniors there will be Cadets 9, 9P and Cadet 12 as well as KA4 Junior Light and Heavy and KA3 Junior.

Seniors will enjoy KA4 Senior Light and Heavy, KA3 Senior Light and Heavy Tag Restricted, 125 Light and Heavy and TAG 125 Light and Heavy classes.

A second practice session will run Saturday morning from 9am with heats to go ahead from noon. 

There will be pre-finals ahead of 14 lap finals on Sunday with an 8am warm up session. 

Officials said only the finals count for the Sapphire Cup, so this is the race to win. 

Organisers said they were extremely pleased a number of key sponsors had come on board for this year’s race event and, as a result, the club would be offering a wide range of trophies spread across 14 classes of racing.

Prizes will be presented for first to fifth place-getters in juniors and first to third in seniors. 

Organisers said the club is very welcoming and all new members are encouraged to give kart racing a try.

Anyone who can help out on club and race days is also welcome and anyone interested in joining or volunteering can call Janelle Loftus on 0473 075 649 or email jlo95784@bigpond.net.au.