The Sportsman Enduro Karting NSW and QLD clubs have chosen the Australian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) to sanction their endurance go-karting series in 2019, to be highlighted by a spectacular 24-hour endurance race at Eastern Creek in October.

The SEK Endurance calendar comprises a series of races in NSW, QLD and the ACT, ranging from six to 24 hours, and open to karts with twin-rail chassis and twin Honda GX200 engines.

As well as providing sanctioning, insurance and licensing for the series, the AASA is also sponsoring the marquee Eastern Creek 24 Hour.

According to SEK NSW president James Waters, the event is expected to attract both national and international entries.

“A lot of our regular Australian drivers and teams will be participating in the 24 Hour, but there has been some interest from other countries, including the UK and South Africa,” Waters said.

“We will also be running a class for the corporate karts owned by Eastern Creek Karting, which will present opportunities for those who don’t own a race kart, but want to experience the teamwork and strategic aspects of a long-distance endurance race.”

Waters said the AASA relationship has already delivered benefits to the competitors and SEK clubs.

“Working with the AASA is an absolute pleasure – they are very accommodating, and only too happy to meet our unique requirements,” he said.

“Their licensing system is also very easy to access for our competitor base, which makes it simple and trouble-free for people who want to become involved.”

AASA business development manager Stephen Whyte said the expansion into the karting scene is an important step in the sanctioning body’s diversification.

“Our core has been circuit racing for a long time, but we’re spreading into a wider array of motorsport disciplines – we’ve sanctioned rally and off-road events and speedway, so karting was a logical progression for us,” Whyte said.

“Karting categories appeal to lots of different people, but their core needs are the same – they want to enjoy the thrill of racing, without any unnecessary costs, overheads or obstacles. We pride ourselves on making it as trouble-free as possible for competitors, while also providing them with robust insurance protection.

The SEK Eastern Creek 24 Hour will be held on 5-6 October.

For more details, visit https://www.seknsw.com/.