Golden Power Series at Rochester postponed

By Brayden May

ROCHESTER Kart Club has suffered a blow after its round of the Golden Power Series was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which was set to be held over May 2 and 3, was among a number of events that have been lost on the racing calendar.

“Circumstances continue to change daily and while we do not intend to overload you with information, we will provide you with updated information related to Karting as and when it is available and needed,” Karting Victoria said in a Facebook post.

“Our objectives are to ensure the health and safety of the Karting Victoria Community, while ensuring that the wheels keep spinning for our clubs during this challenging period.

“All the decisions outlined below have been made with primary consideration being given to the well-being and safety of all participants in our sport from volunteer officials, canteen staff, to competitors and their families, and spectators.

“The Karting Victoria Executive has decided that no race meetings will be held in Victoria effective immediately until, June 1, 2020. This date is subject to change pending the outcome of the crisis situation over the coming weeks.

“Because the situation with the COVID-19 crisis is fluid we are hopeful that it may be possible to run May Club Day events despite these events being within the moratorium period advised above.

“Notification of a decision on that will be provided in time for clubs to apply for the necessary permits if that is the decision reached.

“The upcoming Victorian Kart Championship, Metro Series, the next two rounds of the Victorian Country Series and the next round of the Golden Power Series have all been postponed.

“Karting Victoria will develop a revised calendar for the remainder of 2020 once the full extent of the affect the COVID-19 crisis is further understood.

“Karting Victoria is committed to running the Victorian Kart Championship on a suitable date later in the year.

“It is the intention, that if possible, all rounds of the Victorian Country Series and Golden Power Series are also completed.

“Achieving this in a shorter period of time will require some significant alteration of events throughout the state and we will aim to minimise as many inconveniences as possible.”