World Champion Go Karter makes Aus debut on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast will host a major Go Karting competition in October.

The International Race of Stars will be held at Pimpama from the 14th to the 16th.

Italian racer Paolo De Conto will travel to Australia for the event, fresh from victory at the World Karting Championship in Sweden.


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“It is a very exciting opportunity for me.  I’ve never been to Australia and everyone tells me the Gold Coast is beautiful,” said DeConto.

World Karting Champion Paolo De Conto

World Karting Champion Paolo De Conto

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that a current World Karting Champion has competed in Australia.

The 24 year-old Italian will join the CRG Australia team for the October 14-16 event.  Having secured the winners surfboard with Italian Davide Forè, De Conto is keen to make it three in a row for the team.

“Davide speaks very highly of the event, and the Australian people, he has been to the Gold Coast for the past two years and always has a smile on his face when anyone mentions Australia,” said De Conto.

“It will be an honour to join the CRG Australia team for the event and hopefully make it three wins in a row for them.”

Having driven karts from the age of three, racing has been a way of life for De Conto and for the past seven years he has been a professional racer throughout the European circuit.

Since enjoying his first major success at the 2009 European Bridgestone Cup De Conto has become a two-time European Champion and enjoyed victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, the Winter Cup in Italy and the WSK Champions Cup.  On September 4, he joined and elite club that only one Australian driver – James Courtney – is a part of by taking out the 2016 CIK-FIA World KZ Karting Championship.

The 2010 Supercars and dual World Karting Champion, who is heavily involved in the Australian karting scene through his JC Kart range, will be a keen spectator at the Gold Coast Motorsport Training Centre next month at the Race of Stars.

“I’d always kept a bit of an eye on karting through the years but it was at the Race of Stars two years ago where I really reconnected with the karting scene and its been a real blast being back involved,” said Courtney.

“The drivers at the Race of Stars are the best of the best in the sport, it’s a real showcase event and highlights just how much young talent we’ve got here in Australia.

“I’ve been there to see Davide win the past two years, last year’s race was incredible with him and (Kyle) Ensbey racing wheel to wheel at 160 km/h.  It was one of the best races I’ve ever seen.

“With Paolo coming out to compete this year fresh from winning the World Championship I’d expect another great event and I’ll certainly be trackside watching the action.”

As a part of SuperFest surrounding the Castrol Gold Coast 600 Supercars event the Race of Stars will be held on on October 14-16 at the Gold Coast Motorsport Training Centre, Pimpama.

James Courtney (right) with fellow Supercars driver Tim Slade at the 2015 Race of Stars Image: Coopers Photography

James Courtney (right) with fellow Supercars driver Tim Slade at the 2015 Race of Stars
Image: Coopers Photography

SuperFest – an initiative of the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and Supercars Australia – is a community events program that provides support to organisations and groups wishing to host events and projects that contribute to the festival surrounding the Castrol Gold Coast 600.