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McKay revved up for hometown debut


Cody McKay once thought the chance to race in Newcastle was the stuff of dreams.

But the 31-year-old, who has been involved in motorsport since the age of 16, will line-up for his debut at this year’s Newcastle 500 as part of the Aussie Racing Car Series.

McKay, who is Newcastle born and raised, says he’s thrilled to be racing on the very streets he grew up learning to drive on.

“It means the world to me,” he says.

“It’s something I thought would never happen, and then they brought the race here.

“I’ve been racing for years, but nothing comes close to the excitement of racing on a track in

your hometown.”

Growing up, McKay was an active member of the Newcastle Kart Racing Club, where he honed his skills and built confidence.

In recent years, he has made the move from karts to cars, taking a seat behind the wheel of Formula Fords, Production Cars, BMW E36 series, and Legend Cars.

The Newcastle 500, which takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November, will mark his first time behind the wheel of an Aussie Racing Car.

The purpose-built, 500-kilogram powerhouse of steel runs roughly half the size of a full-sized car and is capable of speeds of more than 230 kilometres.

“It’s more a miniature level of racing but, because they are so small, they provide a lot more action-packed racing, especially on a tight track like Newcastle,” McKay adds.

Cody McKay Motorsports will compete in the Aussie Racing Cars on the Saturday and Sunday during the Newcastle 500.

While he knows it will be a stern challenge for his team, McKay is proud of the support shown by fellow Novocastrians, such as Warners Bay driver Charlotte Poynting.

“The best thing about Newcastle is people don’t work against each other, they work together,” he says.

“Everyone – even when they’re in other categories – was just happy to have another Newcastle driver on.

“We have a fantastic car, a capable team of engineers, and the support of so many family, friends and local Newcastle businesses behind us.
“We’re ready to take on the Newcastle track and make our city proud.”

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