Work on the track upgrade is going to plan and on schedule
We have been really lucky with the winter weather so far
and this has allowed us to complete a great deal of extra
preparation tasks. At this time we estimate that bitumen
will begin to be laid in approx 4 weeks time. During this
time we will continue to finish off other jobs we need
completed around the complex whilst the track is closed.
In relation to the new Race America flag light system it has
arrived in Australia and is currently at Dunlop Kartsport
where stands will be constructed and configuration for the
Geelong track will be developed.
Points of Interest for GKC independent status :
- We will have partnerships with various organisations
such as AASA , Karting NSW and others which will involve
the running of race meetings.
- We will have a new style of monthly ( club event ) open
to a greater range of karters which will include a club
- When the track is complete all of our current members
will be able to come and practise at the circuit.
- Simple processes for updating club membership are being
reviewed and further information will be available in due
course. Membership fees will not increase.
- GKC will have far greater flexibility to make the circuit
available for members in the current covid climate once
track is complete.
- GKC in due course will offer local , open and state style
events for karters.
Major News - Geelong Kart Club Moves to
GKC is no longer affiliated with Karting Victoria or Karting
Australia. In the coming weeks whilst we complete the
awesome track upgrades and works announcements will
be made to our new partnerships and path forward. The
future looks wonderful and to be free to take on new
initiatives is like a breath of fresh air. All members will be
good to practise on the circuit when it opens as per normal
and be covered by our new arrangements. The transition
will be seamless ! Any current members wanting to come
look at progress of the new track are welcome this Sunday
the 05/07/2020 between 11am and 1pm. For our current
practice license holders no need to renew practice
licenses as these mean nothing at GKC anymore. Your
membership with GKC will be what you require to practice
at GKC as normal. Emails and further information will be
posted in due course. All membership renewals and new
memberships please email email@example.com or call/text
Dom on 0447 607796. You will be able to pay by EFT or
direct debit to GKC account.
AASA PRACTISE DAY SCHEDULED FOR 8TH JUNE 2020
Monday's public holiday will be the last chance ever to drive
the Geelong Kart Circuit in its current state before the track
closes for 2 - 3 months for major upgrades. The weekend
will be a much needed break for our little bank of staff who
have spent the last few weekends at the track giving others
the chance to practise. These same staff will be using the
weekend to complete some final preparations for the major
works. Dont miss this opportunity - The last chance ever
to drive the historic GKC circuit as it was. The Covid 19
rules we have been implementing will be in place and we
again want all to understand that no onlookers or visitors
will be permitted to enter. Maximum one pit crew per
driver. Strict social distancing measures will be in place
again. Hope to see plenty of you down for the final time
on the old surface.
From 1pm to 5 pm we will be holding a
working bee focusing on weeding , grass cutting and
edging. Please bring a whipper snipper and let gets a
couple of months of grass growth cleaned up. Lots of
little jobs that need to be cleaned up.
Massive Investment by Geelong Kart Club re track upgrade
about to begin.
The $470,000 upgrade of the Geelong Kart Club Circuit will
begin in approx three weeks time. Max Findlay is the chief
co ordinator for the track extension and resurface project
and has been doing a wonderful job getting everything
ready. New flag lights are about to be ordered from the US
also in conjunction with the track development. Its a huge
achievement for the club and will take our circuit to over
1000 metres ! The old layout will still be available also. In
even better news the club will remain debt free upon
completion of the works - now that's progress.
Saturday 30/05/20 - AASA Practise Day for all karters
starting at 8.30 am and finishing at 5.00 pm. $50 per
driver or $20 for GKC members who we will subsidise.
Strict rules apply - Social distance policies and one pit
crew maximum per driver. No visitors or on lookers.
Successful practice days lead to further days next week
SATURDAY 30th MAY 2020 - Will be another AASA Practise
day. Same rules will apply as the super successful day we
just had today. What a turn out and a great fun day ! GKC
was fully prepared with all the precautions required in
Strict rules in place for weekend practise. One person
other than driver only allowed at circuit ( Per Driver )
GKC wishes to advise that rules will be strictly enforced on
Saturday's KA practise day and Sunday's AASA practise
day. On both days the club will follow a strict entrance
policy of only one person ( pit crew ) per driver. So this
this very clearly means this isn't the time to bring the
family down and kids to play whist driver practises. This
practise is squarely focused on allowing drivers to get back
out on track. This will be enforced strictly. No arguments
will be entered into. The club will not be placed at risk by
people not following rules. If you haven't booked for the
Saturday KA practise day you can do so by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org In the article below and on the KA
website are further instructions which must be completed.
Information re additional KA practise day on Saturday
23/05/2020. GKC have lodged an application for a permit
to run a practise day on Saturday 23/05/20. Whilst we
wait to see if it will happen could any interested members
please email their intentions to Dennis at
email@example.com . We aim to have two sessions ,
one in the morning between 9 am and 12 am and another
in the afternoon between 1 pm and 4 pm. One pit crew
per driver and do not bring all the family etc as this will
just create additional problems. Please keep persons to a
minimum. Practise will commence under Karting Australia
Stage 1 karting rules. You must complete the Karting Aust
travel register and isolation form when you register with
the club. You must complete the Covid Safe Declaration
on the Karting Australia website also. This must be done.
AASA Practise Day Sunday 24/05/2020 - Geelong Kart Club
Great news , we have a simple , workable practice day for
all karters set for Sunday 24/05/20 which will run between
8.30 am and 5.00 pm. This is a workable solution to get all
karters on track all day without copious amounts of forms
and complication. This is not a Karting Australia event so
KA licenses are not relevant. Cost will be $50 per driver for
with no time restrictions or bookings required. Just show
up! Geelong Kart Club Members ( not KA license holders )
will have the cost subsidised and will pay only $20 per
driver. Remember you just roll up , follow the rules re
social distancing and enjoy karting. Be patient when you
arrive , you will be met at the gate as you drive in and all
documentation ( quick and easy ) will be completed.
The following rules and points are not negotiable :
- Entry will not be granted prior to 8.30 AM. Track will
close by 5 pm.
- Clubrooms will not be open and not food/drinks will be
- The handful of club officials giving up their entire Sunday
and placing themselves at risk will be respected and their
instructions adhered to. Non compliance will mean you
leave the track. There will be no tolerence for poor
behaviour or people that cant follow rules.
- Social distancing will be enforced and all persons must
comply. Limit of one pit crew per driver allowed.
- Maximum of ten people in any single cluster together.
Social distancing applies within that group.
- You will be stopped at main gate as you drive in and
entry requirements , payment , paperwork will be
completed quickly and minimal fuss. Then you can get
to do what you came for - karting.
This is not a KA practise day and practise will be run at the
direction of GKC officials.
Stay tuned in the next week or so hopefully for an update
about the possible return of some form of practise or on track
action for karting at GKC. There are some meetings taking
place involving Karting Australia and Karting Victoria in the
next few days which may allow us to provide some important
updates for you all. Kart say much more at this time but the
possibility of at least discussing the return to some form of on
track practise will take place this week. We will keep you
posted. Membership extensions will be placed on hold whilst
we get a guide of where things are going.
Membership Extensions Due To Shutdown
As everyone would well know we had to close the track to all
members approx three weeks ago. This of course was out of
our hands and the only responsible thing to do. There is still
much uncertainty about when we will reopen but we are using
the time to progress our track extension and resurface of the
circuit , the new automated gate and flag light systems as
quickly as possible.
We ask that our members renew their licenses as
karting Australia will then add three months onto the renewed
period. Further information from this can be found on the
karting Australia website. In regards to our GKC
memberships we will be adding three months extra time to
all memberships that expire after June 30, 2020. This will be
completed in the next couple of weeks. For memberships
that expire between 28/03/20 and 30/06/20 we will add an
extra three months memberships after they have been
renewed. If some of the members in this category do not
wish to renew and lost a period of membership they should
email the club to receive a pro rata reimbursment of any lost
membership period. Hopefully this covers everyone.
BREAKING NEWS - Geelong Kart Club Track will be
closed as of 12 pm today ( Saturday ).
Karting Victoria has this morning informed clubs that from
government information that all kart clubs must close until
further notice. This must happen and the gates will be pad
locked shut from 12 pm today. No members are to attempt
to enter the complex from this time on. We will endeavour
to keep you posted re any further developments.
Just clarifying for all our members that the GKC circuit will
remain open for practise as per normal. Please remember
to practise the social responsiblities that the govt has asked
for at all times. There is lots of space at the track so keep
your distance and enjoy something we all love. Lets keep our
track open through this crisis. It will be great place to still
have an enjoyable time with the family. Please practise the
appropriate health practises in the toilet that remains open
and bring some form of hand sanitiser with you. Look after
yourselves and happy karting.
AASA Practise Information
We will hold another AASA practise day for all our non KA
drivers after the upcoming school holidays are over. Keep an
eye on this page for the exact date, most likely a Sunday.
Practise Licenses - Available and growing all the time !
In the current financial climate a practise license which is
only $120 for 12 months ( you must still have club member
ship ) is a great option. If your not into racing but still love
driving the GKC track this is the option for you. You can
always upgrade to a race license at any time. The practise
license in conjunction with your club membership allows full
use of the track as per a full race license - it just doesnt allow
you to race.
Karting Australia Travel Register and Isolation Form
To be allowed to use any Karting Circuit affiliated to Karting
Australia members must complete and submit to KA the
above form which can be found on the Karting Austalia web
site. It only takes a few seconds to fill out but must be
completed before you can practise at Geelong or any other
track. The link to fill out the form can be found on the
latest news section of the Karting Aus website.
Karting Victoria Suspend Issue of all event permits Until
01/06/2020 - March Clubday Cancelled as result.
Karting Victoria have issued a statement letting all Vic clubs
know that all permits for events will not be issued until at
least 01/06/2020 when it will be reviewed. This means that
GKC cannot run any club events or open meetings during this
period. On the positive side the track will remain open as per
normal for practise to all members between 9am and 6pm.
Further information will be posted as it comes to hand.
Update on GKC and effects of COVID-19 Virus
Firstly at this time the Geelong Kart Track will remain open to
all members as per normal. We will have further information
as it arrives to us. We will have Hand Sanitiser placed in the
disabled toilet which is available 24x7. We have already been
impacted with the cancellation of driver education days from
schools that have been forced to close. Further info will be
posted as it comes to hand.
March Clubday is only two weeks away on the 22/03/2020.
Karting Victoria have used the normal last day in March for
the country series so we had no choice but to run one week
early. Pre entries will be up in the next day or so. With GKCV
not having a clubday in March any of their members are
welcome. So please get your pre entires in. This is very
important to help the club attract entries. If you want your
class to form simply enter early!
AASA Practise Day Sunday 16/02/2020
The track will not be available for KA License Holders.
The track will be available as per our normal AASA rules at
a cost of $50 per driver. Track open between 8.30am and
4pm. Superkartes welcome on this day also.
Track Re Opens this Saturday 08/02/2020 at 9am as works
on the Towers are completed. Dont forget track is closed for
a private event Sunday 09/02/2020 all day. The track will
re open again on Monday morning 10/02/2020 at 9am as per
Track Closure Sunday 09/02/2020
Due to a private event the club will be closed all day Sunday
9th February 2020 all day. Track will re open Monday as per
February Clubday 23/02/2020
This will be the first clubday of the year. Supp regs have been
submitted to Karting Victoria and once approved will be
available for entry. There will be seven club days for the club
champtionship this year. The months of those dates will be
as follows :
No clubdays Winter months June / July - Mid year break.
*** If a clubday is missed due to building works etc , then
November 29/11/2020 may be used to make up the date ***
Seven Clubday events in total.
The track will reopen Saturday morning as normal on the
25/01/20 until 6pm Saturday the 01/02/20. The track will
close again from Sunday the 02/02/20 for approx. 4 days
when building works will continue. Updates will be posted
when further is known.
Track Closure this Friday 17/01/2020 all day due to RMIT
University hiring circuit for testing purposes. Track will be
open as per normal Saturday prior to closure Sunday morning
as below due to the 2 x Towers Construction.
TRACK CLOSURE - TOWER INSTALLATION - 18/01/20
Due to the installation of our two huge advertising towers
which will involve large scale machinery on site the track will
be closed to all persons from Saturday morning 18/01/2020
until 01/02/2020. This may be subject to change due to the
nature of the works and dependence on weather conditions.
Please keep an eye on facebook and this website for further
updates. The first clubday of the year will be at the end of
Vale Brendon Franks
It is with a heavy heart that the Geelong Kart Club
informs our members that Brendon Franks passed away on
Friday the 13th December, 2019. Brendon was much loved
by all who knew him and was without doubt one of the
finest men that I had ever had the pleasure to work with and
be friends with. Brendon's kindness and willingness to help
anyone will never be forgotten. Most would know that
Brendon was a tireless worker for our club and we can never
repay all that he did for us in the company of his loving wife
of many years Lorna. Brendon was a devoted and loving
husband, father and grandfather. Brendon's family will
farewell him in a private gathering at Ballarat.
Just six days before Brendon's passing he was with me at the
kart club on a early Saturday morning working as always to
get the track ready for our members.
Brendon was so looking forward to all the new improvements
that were starting at the circuit and all the work he could get
his hands into......
Brendon was truly a gentlemen and a wonderful friend. He
will be very sadly missed. Rest in peace old mate, you were
one of a kind.
Club Championship points for 2019 have now been uploaded
to the club championship results tab. Go in and see how you
fared this year !
Please remember that as per normal a driver
has to drop their lowest points scoring round, so if you
missed a round an x is shown against your name. A zero
will refer to the lowest points finish for the year of a particular
driver. This allows drivers to be away for one round each
year and still be in the hunt for the championship. Good luck
to all. A presentation event will be detailed in due course on
this web site.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
The following classes have met the criteria ( or close to it ) for
club champsionship status for 2019.
- Cadet 12
- KA4 Junior Heavy
- Vic Combined Light 125
- VIc Combined Medium 125
A time and date will be posted when we can as to the
presentation details. Points will be posted in the results
section in the next few days. Remember your worst round
is dropped for final results.
TRACK CLOSURE Tuesday 03/12/19 up to and including
Friday 06/12/19 due to earth works re new advertising
towers. Work is beginning and our two new 20 metre long
advertising screens will be up before the end of the year.
Keep a keen eye on the web site and facebook for more
track closures as various works are completed.
Track Closures due to hire
Tuesday 26/11/2019 - Track closed all day - RMIT
Friday 29/11/2019 - Track closed all day - RMIT
Monday 02/12/2019 - Track closed all day - RMIT
Track Closure Monday 25/11/2019 - day after clubday.
RMIT University will continue their testing program on this
date and the track will be closed all day. The track will re
open as per normal on Tuesday morning.
Track Closure this Wednesday 20/11/2019.
RMIT University are continuing their significant test program
Wednesday and the track will be closed all day. Track will
reopen Thursday morning as per normal.
Clubday is running this Sunday 24th November. This will be
the final clubday of the year. It will run if sufficient entries
are received by Thursday night. Please get your entry in if
you are wanting to support club events continuing in the
TRACK CLOSURE FRIDAY 15/11/2019
Track will be closed due to RMIT testing at circuit all day.
Track will re open Saturday morning as normal for Junior
Challenge Practise. Don't forget to get you entries in for
the Junior Challenge ASAP.
AASA Practise Day Sunday 10th November 2019
The next AASA practise day for all karters will be held on
10/11/19 and the usual rules will apply. $50 per driver and
superkarters welcome as per last event. Please remember
that KA licenses are strictly not valid on these days.
Geelong Junior Challenge Practise Days
Saturday the 9th and 16th November will be solely for
drivers entered in the Junior Challenge. The event itself is
scheduled to run on the 17th November as a one day meet.
Track Closure Thursday 31/10/2019 . Track will be closed
all day as RMIT will have exclusive use to continue testing
their electric vehicle. The track will re open on Friday
morning as per normal.
Track Closure - Friday 25/10/2019
RMIT are testing this Friday at the circuit in preparation of
their new vehicle for the global challenge. Track wil be closed
all day and will re open on Saturday morning as per normal
in preparation for club day.
AASA Practise Day - The next AASA practise day as
advertised on our facebook account earlier this week will be
this Sunday the 6th of October 2019. The normal conditions
will apply and gates will open at 8.30 am until 5 pm. This
should be a great day with a large turn out of karters trying
the Geelong circuit for the first time. Should be fun. KA
licenses are strictly not valid on this day. Track will open as
normal on Monday morning.
TRACK CLOSURE MONDAY 30th September 2019 - Track
has been hired out for exclusive use of RMIT University who
are continuing their testing schedule as part of their new
partnership with GKC and their global challenge plans. Track
will be reopen Tuesday morning as normal for the rest of the
TRACK CLOSURE WEDNESDAY 25th September 2019 - Track
has been hired out for the exclusive use of RMIT university.
RMIT and GKC have formed a great partnership which assists
both organisations and we look forward to helping RMIT with
their goals on the global stage.
TRACK CLOSURE SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER - ALL DAY
Track has been hired out all day to a vehicle driver training
school. This is a very important educational day and occurs
every year on a given date. The track will re open on
Sunday morning at the normal time.
AASA Practise Day Sunday 1st September 2019 - Track will
be closed to all KA License Holders. Normal $50 fee applies
to all karters coming to practise. Gates open 8.30 am until
5.00 pm. Normal conditions apply. Another great chance
to drive the Geelong circuit.
August Clubday Prizes
Don't forget any class with six paid entries or more will have
a raffle ( random draw ) for a new set of tyres or similar
prize. All pre entries will go into a draw for two days at a
Torquay Hotel Resort. There has never been a better time
to pre enter for a clubday.
AASA PRACTISE DAY - Sunday the 1st September 2019
The next AASA practise day will be held on the above date.
Normal cost of $50 per driver applies. Track will open at
8.30 am and close at 5 pm. Remember KA licenses strictly
not valid on these days.
GKC Gate Now Operating Again
The electronic gate is now working again, so members will
have to remember to have their gate cards with them. The
auto open sensor has been re installed on the inside so that
when exiting the track you just have to drive up to the gate
and it will open automatically, removing the need to get out
and swipe your card.
The next AASA practise day will be held this Sunday the 16th
June 2019 between 8.30 am and 5 pm. On this day KA
Licenses are strictly not valid.
Advertising Towers Update
Two major advertising towers will be constructed and placed
in two location within the GKC complex. These will be along
the main straight just after the control tower and right around
the back infield section in an area near the trees that will
work in with our new track extenstion area in due course.
These large neon advertising towers are a major investment
for Beckley Park and will be a great addition to our circuit and
and how it looks. The Towers have been delayed in red tape
for a while and we originally envisaged them being complete
by now , but it looks more like August at this time. There will
be minimal track disruption as power will be via underground
Upcoming Events in 2019
October 19 / 20 - 2019
Round 4 Retro Karting Australia National Series
This is the Victorian State Championship. Details available
on the RKA web home page.
November 17 - 2019
Geelong Junior Challenge
Details are on the Karting Victoria Calendar .
Next AASA Practise day for karters will be on Sunday the 2nd
of June. Normal rules apply. No KA licenses are valid on
these practise days. $50 per driver. Opening time is 8.30 am
and closes at 5 PM.
MAY CLUB DAY CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES.
All members with email addresses listed in CMS were emailed
Sunday to remind them of the need to pre enter with no
effect. These early termination ensures no members travel
long distances early Sunday morning to the track only to find
out their is insufficient entries to run a race meet.
AASA PRACTISE DAY
The next AASA practise day will be this Sunday the 5th of
May 2019 from 8.30 am until 5 pm. Normal conditions apply.
Cost is $50 per driver. The track is strictly not available for
Karting Australia license holders on this day. Any questions
call Dom on 0438 045 682.
APRIL CLUBDAY CANCELLED
Due to a lack of pre entries April club day will not be run. As
advertised on this website , facebook and last clubday to
members unless there are 20 pre entries received by midnight
Wednesday of the race day the club day will be cancelled
Thursday morning to ensure officials and members do not get
get caught out travelling to the event only to find out there is
insufficient numbers to run the event. So if you want to run
clubday pre enter on CMS as requested for quite some years.
TRACK CLOSED THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
25th and 26th APRIL DUE TO PRIVATE TRACK HIRE
Track will re open Saturday morning as per normal.
Next AASA Practise day for all karters will be held on Sunday
14th April 2019 at Beckley Park Raceway between 8.30 am
and 5 pm. Track strictly not available to KA license holders.
$50 per driver and assistance will be on hand for any karters
that need advice !
Clubday minimum numbers requirement
Moving forward GKC will require a minimum of 20 paid entries
to be entered on CMS by Wednesday midnight of a clubday
weekend to run the event. For years now GKC has been
attempting to have drivers pre enter for events to avoid
events being cancelled on the day and to not have those that
turn up waste their time and effort. If the minimum entries
are not received them the next morning notifications will be
placed on facebook and the club website informing the club
event will not be run. There will be no exceptions.
TRACK CLOSURE MONDAY 1st APRIL DUE TO PRIVATE
TRACK HIRE. TRACK CLOSED ALL DAY. WILL RE OPEN
TUESDAY MORNING AS PER NORMAL.
AASA PRACTISE DAY
The next AASA practise day for all karters ( KA Licenses not
valid on these days ) will be held on Sunday 24th March 2019
$50 per driver for the day. All welcome. On site assistance
to karters provided. Ring Dom on 0425 707 525 with any
questions about this next practise day.
TRACK CLOSURE THURSDAY ALL DAY 28/02/2019 - Track has
been hired out for private use.
TRACK CLOSURE FRIDAY ALL DAY 01/03/2019 - Track closed
due to no practise allowed prior to Saturday practise between
9 am and 5 pm. Gates open at 8 am.
CAMPING ALLOWED AT GEELONG TRACK FOR METRO
SERIES ROUND 1 - VAL FINDLAY DUE TO AIRSHOW
Due to accommodation being hard to find because of the air
show on the weekend of the Metro Series Round 1 at Geelong
camping will be allowed at the track Saturday night. The
toilets / showers will remain open all night for the use of
TRACK CLOSURE FRIDAY BEFORE VAL FINDLAY
Friday the 1st March 2019 which is the Friday before the Val
Findlay Memorial will see the Geelong Kart Track closed to
all persons for the entire day. Practise will be available all
day Saturday 2nd March 2019 at the track between 9 am and
Please take note !!!!!!!!!! The track has been hired out for a
private event on Thursday the 21st February 2019 and
Thursday the 28th February 2019. Track will be unavailable
both Thursday all day to everyone.
Next AASA practise day will be held on Sunday the 10th February 2019 from 8.30 am to 5 PM. KA Licenses strictly not valid on this day. So track is not available to KA license holders on this day.
This day has been selected as the Victorian Country Series Round 1 is on this same weekend and many of our members are away racing. The normal conditions apply. Any questions email the Geelong Kart Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dom on 0425 707 525.
AASA Track Day this Sunday 13th January 2019.
Don't forget that KA licenses are not valid on this day.
For information re this karting for everybody day please
contact Dominic on 0425 707 525.
TRACK CLOSURE - Tuesday 8th January 2019
Please note that the track will be closed all day due to a
private event. The track will re open on Wednesday
morning at the normal time. These events are vital to
ensure a stable stream of income for the kart club.
AASA Practise Days for all and any karters will be back in
January 2019. The next two practise days will be :
- Sunday 13th January 2019 - 8.30 am to 5 pm.
- Sunday 20th January 2019 - 8.30 am to 5 pm.
These are awesome days where anyone can bring any kart
and drive our circuit. Drinks and snacks available inside the
canteen! For any enquiries call Dom on 0425 707 525 or
email email@example.com . Please remember KA licenses
are strictly not valid on these AASA days.
- SUNDAY JANUARY 27th 2019 will be the first club day of the
year! As GKCV are running Pro Tour all GKCV members are
very welcome to attend the first Geelong Clubday of the new
year. Remember reverse grid will be in play this year. The
morning session will be a 6 minute practise session. Should