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V8 Supercar Drivers Race The New SODI Go Karts at Phillip Island

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V8 Supercars will race at Phillip Island this weekend, and to warm up for the fun, endurance star and Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert joined his rivals today to test drive the circuit’s new European SODI go-karts.

Mostert, Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds, James Moffat, Nick Percat and Jason Bright and Scott Pye slugged it out on the 765m go-kart track that sits just above Southern Loop and is a near replica of the 4.445km Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

The eight drivers were given three ten minute sessions to prove their worth, with a qualifying session followed by a 10 lap race and then a reverse grid battle.

Consistency won out, with young Wilson Security Racing star Scott Pye taking the crown on combined points, from Van Gisbergen and McLaughlin.   Mostert was fourth overall, but set the best lap of the day a 47.349 s lap.

Pre-race there was lots of competitive banter and one upmanship  “What’s the lap record?”, one driver demanded.  “I can beat that!” claimed another only to be put in his place by his racing foe – “no way, your slow on the track and you’ll be slow here as well”.

Race one results saw Pye cross first, followed by Mostert and James Moffat.   On the reverse grid outing, McLaughlin took the win, second went to Van Gisbergen, but Pye scooped third to gather the most points in the two race haul and score the Phillip Island kart crown for the day.

“The V8 Supercar drivers loved our new SODI karts and you could see from the start that their competitive spirit runs very deep.   Once they slid behind the wheel it was all on with lots of biff and barge, a few bumps, high speed chases, lead changes and off track spin outs.”

said Fergus Cameron, circuit MD.

The V8 Supercar drivers could not believe how well the new karts handled, and from the smiles on their faces post race, it was clear that they loved drifting back to their younger years of high speed karting fun and raw race excitement.

Want to give the new SODI Karts a try?  Go to www.phillipislandgokarts.com.au for details.  Karting sessions are priced in ten minute blocks with one session at $35, two session x 10 minutes at $60; and three sessions for $80.

Fired by a 9hp GX270 Honda engine, the new SODI karts feature all round rubber protection, a structurally engineered roll bar and seat belt. Seats and pedals are adjustable making it easier to custom fit drivers and most 12 year olds will be tall enough to kart.  Tandem karts are available for youngsters.

Open seven days a week, the Phillip Island Grand Prix go kart track adjoins the circuit Visitor Centre on picturesque Phillip Island, one and a half hours drive south-east of Melbourne.

Ffi Ingrid Roepers on mobile 04 111 989 44 

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