AN entry level motor racing series is overcoming the prohibitive costs of involvement in the sport by offering cheap thrills from twin Honda engines normally used in power equipment.
The Prokart Endurance Racing series uses Honda-powered karts in races that can range anywhere from four hours to mammoth 24-hour, non-stop events.
Powered by two advanced four-stroke Honda 6.5 horsepower GX200 engines mounted behind the driver and coupled to a drive shaft via centrifugal clutches, the low-slung karts tip the scales at 104kg and offer rapid acceleration.
Easily passing the 100km/h mark, it's this combination of excitement and affordability that has seen the series grow in recent times, attracting competitors to 19 race meets all along Australia's eastern seaboard.
Competing in his first series, Clinton Baglee is a staunch supporter of the category and the eclectic group of competitors it attracts.
"It's a great category where as well as having fun on the track, there is an emphasis on getting together and socialising," Clinton said.
"Of course another attractive factor is that you don't have to invest big dollars to get involved.
"The beauty of the Honda GX200 engines is that you get a full year of racing out of them; they're built for commercial applications and stand up very well to the rigours of racing.
"And even after 12 months they probably just need a freshen up, rather than a rebuild; you just get a new set of rings and gaskets and away you go."
Helping to reduce cost further is a strict policy on engine modification.
"The only thing you can touch on the engines are valve springs, jets in the carburettor and there are a couple of different spark plug choices," Clinton explained.
During the series' two 24 hour events, the karts travel the equivalent of Sydney to Melbourne and back having used over 100 litres of fuel, two sets of brake pads and one or two sets of tyres.