The Club built the Kart circuit at Edmonton in 1984, in association with the speedway complex the club laid down a top quality bitumen surface circuit in the centre of the speedway arena. In late 1998 racing numbers outgrew the Cairns racetrack and the track lay dormant fro a couple of years as the club moved to the Mako Track facility in Mareeba, however, the club decided to return to it's home track, with a view of building a new 1080m international race track.
The Cairns Kart Racing Club will hold its official opening meeting on Saturday week at the Cairns International Speedway. The meeting, to be held under lights, will attract drivers from Townsville, Moranbah and Brisbane.
Earlier this year the club held an invitation meeting under lights which attracted Australian touring car champion, Dick Johnson; who drove well notching up two wins and he impressed everyone with the effortless ease he displayed in driving.
From humble beginnings some six years ago, the club has progressed from racing on dirt on vacant allotments, through course bitumen at the Cairns Showgrounds to a $28,000 hotmix track at the Cairns International Speedway. The track, on the infield of the speedway track is 440m long, 6m wide, and boasts an unbroken pit section for ease of grid formation. The track took about six months to build with the club members doing the lot, except the actual laying of the bitumen.
The club considers their track to one of the finest in Australia with tyre wear being low. The membership of the club numbers 25 drivers, all of which are in Class Australia. The lap record presently stands at 24.26 sec., however this may well be beaten at the night meeting as lap times are considerably lower and conditions cooler at night. Race distance is usually over 10 laps with as many as six heats being run in a day, covering two senior and one junior grades, plus a feature race of 25 laps.
An interesting feature tried recently is to hold a race in the reverse direction. Normal direction is clockwise and racing in an anticlockwise direction completely changed the driving style and effectively creates a different track. In the near future the club plans to hold a one hour enduro which includes a compulsory pit stop for fuel and the choice of one or two drivers per kart. These have been held in the past with great success with some 140 laps completed in the hour. More than once has a race been won or lost in the pits.