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Newcastle Go Karts

Thursday, November 23, 2000
First you need to buy a go-karting licence, and learn some of the dos and don'ts and how to drive safely when you're going very fast.

Wayne Russell owns two go kart centres, one outdoor at Broadmeadow and the other indoor at Cardiff. They are licensed racetracks and are only about 15 minutes from each other. Wayne is a professional racer and raced V8 super cars for around nine years.

Eighty percent of his customers are males ranging from 18 to 45 years old. You have to be at least 11 years old for the outdoor track, and nine for the indoor. Their oldest-ever racer was 87.

To get started, you first need to buy a go karting licence for $5. This is valid for 12 months, and is a way of ensuring you know the rules, the dos and don’ts, and what the coloured flags and traffic lights mean. Wayne is always ready to give you some tips on how to drive safely while you are going very fast.

It is a good idea to do a practice lap once you’ve put on your helmet and chosen the kart you want. They are all the same, except for numbers, and most people seem to have a lucky number.

The concrete track is 600 metres long and you can go up to 70km/h. The average driver takes 40 seconds to complete a lap. Most people last only 30 minutes at a time, as the speed, holding the steering wheel and doing hard turns can be tiring.

After your lap you are given a printout of your time. It’s the same computerised system as that used in Formula One racing.

The tracks are open year-round from 1-10pm Tuesday-Friday, and 10am-11pm on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Location

Broadmeadow, Newcastle. Two hours north of Sydney.

Cost

$14 for 10 minutes
$20 for 15 minutes
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Go-Karts-Go
Marathon Stadium, Broadmeadow
Ph: (02) 4952 9129

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