Trace
Lee
O'Rourke

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Trace Lee O'Rourke
Place Of Birth: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Inspired by Cristiano da Matta, Patrick Carpentier, Paul Tracy, Ayrton Senna, Eddie Irvine.

Australia's First Formula Rotax 125 Superkart Champion - 7/8/03


July is a quiet period for Trace & the team with no racing on the Victorian calender until early August.

Trace has been competing strongly in the 2003 Victorian Superkart season after winning rounds 2 & 4 at Winton during March & recently in May, winning all heats.

She made the trip across to South Australia for Round 3 at Mallala during April. Never seeing the circuit before, on her first outing on the circuit, Trace qualified 6th out of 26th. Running in the top 10 all day, due to making various changes to the chassis to get the best set up, she finished 5th outright [the highest placed Victorian], and she also set the fastest lap time for the race meeting.

Trace will begin further testing in preparation for the 2003 Australian Nationals where she will defend her number one status.

And.. to the request of the 'team', we have posted a photograph of the crew at work during a race meeting in May 2003.  

Australian Sprint Karting - Race #16


Trace decided to start kart racing in 1995, with the aim in mind to make it to Super Speedway. She saw karting as a stepping stone and a place to learn the basics of motor racing.

Today, Trace still competes in sprint karts regularly and is a member of the Go Kart Club of Victoria, located at the Melbourne International Kart Complex.

Her current sprint kart class is Senior National, the class she began in and still enjoys racing because it 'keeps you honest'.

Because of the Yamaha KT100J engine's lack of instant power the characteristics of this engine encourages the driver to be super smooth which Trace feels benefits any other type of racing she participates in.

Trace's current chassis European Dino 0299.

The Senior National class is a controlled category run under the Australian Karting Association. All competitors must use the Yamaha KT100J engine, Dunlop SL1 slick tyre, Dunlop wet tyre, and the AKA14 muffler.

Class weight varies from event to event, but most often she competes in Pro at a combined driver and kart weight of 140kg.

Over the years, Trace has also previously competed regularly in Clubman Light and the Rotax 125cc class.

Her favorite tracks include her home track at Todd Road and her most favourite event is the Portland Street Grand Prix which she won in early 2002.

Australian Super Karting - #1


CAMS introduced a new experimental class in Superkarting, the Formula Rotax 125cc Max and in 2002 it was recognised as an official category.

The benefit of this class is that the engine has been well established in Sprint Karting for a number of years, and with very minor changes the kart & engine can also be used in Super Karting.

Superkarting is run under the governing body of CAMS and races on CAMS approved circuits, like Eastern Creek, Winton and Philip Island to name a few.

Trace is a member of the Victorian Superkart Club.

Her first meeting was at Calder in October 2001, where she leased a kart & engine package for the day. Impressed with the Rotax, she was determined to purchased her own kart & engine and continue with this category of racing.

It wasnt until a broken rib from Sprint Karts in early 2002, that the issue of Superkarting came up again within the team, and with plenty of time spent in recovery and debating future direction of her racing, a new package was soon purchased and was debuted at Calder in July.

In her third Superkart event she placed 3rd in a 2 hour relay race at Calder, and then at her next race meeting, The Australian Superkart Championship, she became Australian 2002 Formula Rotax Superkart Champion.

Trace's current Superkart chassis is the Australian Monarco GP4. Class weight is a minimum 160kg combined driver and kart.

Obviously her favorite track is Philip Island, home of the 2002 Australian Nationals and her Australian number 1 status!!

Background


1995 - Karting: Trace began sprint kart racing.

1997 - Australian Institute of Sport: During December, Trace was chosen to attend the first CAMS-AIS Talented Driver's Camp in Canberra. Fourteen drivers attended the inaugural program which included, Jason Bright, Todd Kelly, Troy Hunt, Steven Richards, & Jason Bargwanna to name a few.

1997 - Australian Karting Association: During 1997 and 1998, Trace represented the Australian Karting Association & attended various motor sport activities around Australia to help promote the sport & encourage women to become more actively involved.

1997 - Ballarat Light Car Club: Trace joined the Ballarat Light Car Club and competed in the Autocross events. She won the 1997/1998 Gardon Motors Autocross series Ladies Class in a Holden Camira

1998 - Super Speedway: Trace worked as the Pace Car driver for the

1998/1999 Super Speedway Season at Calder Park's Thunderdome.

1999 - HQ Holden - Circuit: Trace made her HQ Holden race debut at the Winton circuit July 1999. and later competed at at Calder's flat track in August, and Philip Island in September.

1999 - Bathurst October - Meditrak: Trace worked as a driver for the medical team at the Bathust 2 litre race in October 1999. "Working with the Meditrak team was a real buzz and driving around the mountain has given me ambition to race there one day"

1999 - HQ Holden - Super Speedway : She competed at Round 1 of the

1999/2000 Super Speedway at Calder Park's Thunderdome in December

1999, and finished 5th outright in Division 2 for the series.

2001 - Ballarat Light Car Club: Trace has rejoined the car club to compete in club events.

2001- Superkarting

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