Karting officials escape death in wind storm

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Sunday 18th September, 2011 - 8:26pm

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Jamie Whincup in action during a visit to Kalgoorlie in 2009, he was reminiscing about the 1999 Nationals at the venue. NOTE: Control Tower in tact, see below for what it looks like this afternoon.

Several officials at a karting event in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia are lucky to be alive tonight following an amazing escape when the building they were working from was demolished in seconds.

With Kalgoorlie and the surrounding area experiencing high winds in excess of 120 km/h, officials halted today’s racing during the third heat of the Rookies category due to safety concerns and low visibility.

Within five minutes of this occurring, and the Desiree Kenan Control Tower being evacuated, disaster struck with the tower being completely demolished.

As can be seen by the photo below, pieces of the control tower – including chairs, tables, doors, glass and even money from the race entries – were spread across the main straight.

The tower had stood up to many storms – and even a cyclone – during the past 12 years but it seems today’s storm was just too much.

Despite today’s disaster, Eastern Goldfields Club Members have already started the rebuilding process asking for anyone who can donate time, materials or money to please contact Hayley Littlely on [email protected]

The Club’s major annual event, the ‘Dash for Cash’, featuring the RollaSole Invitational KZ2 race and also KF3 action, is less than seven weeks away. Despite today’s setback, the club wants to reassure everyone that this race meeting – will go ahead.

A view of the Kalgoorlie circuit moments before disaster struck

A view of the Kalgoorlie circuit moments before disaster struck

The remains of the Desiree Kenan Control Tower In Kalgoorlie after today's wind storm.

The remains of the Desiree Kenan Control Tower In Kalgoorlie after today's wind storm.

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