Harrison Oddie is the third X30 driver to receive the call to compete in a WA KZ2 Series round.
This season the series has introduced the Newland and Associates ‘Arrive and Drive Award’. This is awarded to drivers in the X30 class who have been picked because of exceptional results. The drivers get a chance to experience a full race weekend at the next level of racing and hopefully leads to bigger and better things.
The 3rd round of the Newland and Associates WA KZ Series kicks off at Bunbury this Saturday the 22nd. The Bunbury City Kart Club track is a tight and physical circuit and always offers close racing for the KZs.
As always, putting support behind the series is PatriziCorse who give the placed drivers a Vrooam Oils pack which is sure to keep their equipment in winning condition.
Harrison Oddie recently spoke about the award and his expectations for the event:
Q: Harrison, welcome to the WA KZ Series. You have been awarded the Arrive and Drive based on your performance in the X30 class. It must be a great feeling to get the award?
HO: It certainly is a great feeling to be awarded this opportunity to have a spin in a KZ, especially for me considering I’ve always been that one kid that’s grown up watching the predominant class race as a youngster around many tracks and it’s always been a big dream of mine to tackle a race meeting in a KZ.
It’s also a good feeling to see the countless hours I’ve put in have been recognised, so getting this award is definitely a huge compliment. Now I just have to put on a show for the class that lines the fences as the new kid on the block!
What are your expectations for the weekend? Have you got your eye on the $500 winners prize?
My expectations for myself over the weekend are to go out and have a ball and use this as a mega learning curve in the KZ class while I mix it with some of Australia’s best. But as a driver we all know that once you sit in that seat you’re not there to lounge around – it’s instinct to want and try to win.
I also want to watch and learn from the oldies in the sport and be able to take some race craft knowledge and use it for myself from this stellar class. I’m definitely going to go out and give it my all and to take home the $500 winners prize would be such a great bonus to such an awesome opportunity!
Have you cut any laps in a Shifter before?
Over my karting career I’ve only been lucky enough to drive a KZ once at a South Eastern Zone round at Lake King Kart Club, after racing on a Sunday. After that I was hooked and have always keen to jump back in the seat of one and bang some gears and test my ability and fitness in one again.
What’s your aim in motorsport? How will the KZ experience benefit your career?
I believe everyone who plays a weekend sport or races in some kind of motorsports category has a very similar goal to me; that is to push yourself to your absolute limit at every corner of the journey and mould yourself to become ultimately the best you can possibly be.
I definitely would love to pursue my way through all the ranks of motorsport and show everyone what I could do. My aim is definitely to bang wheels all the way through till I can reach the top tier of Motorsport so I can race so many people I’ve idolised in the past and present.
This KZ experience is definitely going to help me handle my career a lot more. Whether I stay in the X30 class or jump up to the KZ class after this, I think I will be able to push my Zed Corse CompKart powered by Kip Foster’s Kartforce to the front of every class I choose to pursue.