Kart Racing is a serious business. It may not seem like it, but step behind the wheel of a petrol powered kart, and it’s go time. Clipping apexes and racing your friends on the scale is just as fun as a real track environment. Now, Holden is taking it a step further with a devoted Holden Kart Team.
The brand announced the team in conjunction with V8 Supercars driver, James Courtney, and the program looks to develop the next-generation of racing drivers with the Holden Kart Team, or HKT.
Under the guidance of Courtney, a two-time World Karting Champion, the HKT will support four karting protégés, Liam McLellan, Ryan Suhle, Jai Brown and Oscar Targett. The team will run in top karting events across the entire country of Australia this year. The young drivers will also use Courtney’s exclusive JC Kart range, which launched just recently.
GM Holden Sponsorship and Motorsport Manager, Simon McNamara said the HKT underlined Holden’s support of motorsport and grass roots sport.
“The launch of the Holden Kart Team provides the perfect synergy between our long-term support of motorsport and our commitment to grass roots sports through Holden’s Home Ground Advantage program,” McNamara said. “We believe by supporting young drivers under James’ guidance in the HKT will assist in developing great talent for the future, and maybe future V8 Supercars Champions for Holden.”
Courtney also sees the team as vital to the future of motorsports, and HKT will develop the young drivers into potentially grand racers.
“Supporting and developing junior talent is vital to the long-term future of all sports, and I am proud to be able to launch the Holden Kart Team,” Courtney said.
The racers are young, but full of talent, with the youngest of the bunch only nine years old. Don’t let age full you, though. These young drivers could most likely lap any of us here in a kart race.