Lo­cals in form for state ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

KARTERS from clubs in the Whit­sun­days, Mackay, Toowoomba and Ip­swich hit the raceway on Sun­day for the Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club’s of­fi­cial race day.

Satur­day was the of­fi­cial prac­tice day and the cool and rainy weather pro­vided a rare op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal and vis­it­ing karters to hone their wet weather rac­ing skills.

Sun­day pro­duced bet­ter rac­ing con­di­tions and the day con­sisted of two heats, a fi­nal and grand fi­nal in the rook­ies, cadets, ju­nior na­tional light, sports­man light and sports­man heavy di­vi­sions, each race con­tain­ing 16 laps.

Kelsey Creek’s 13-year-old Nathan Had­low ex­celled in his ju­nior na­tional light cat­e­gory.

For many karters the week­end served as prac­tice for the up­com­ing Queens­land Closed Kart Cham­pi­onships in Emerald next month.

Whit­sun­day mem­ber Dale McDon­nell, who placed sec­ond in last month’s Queens­land Open Kart Cham­pi­onships, is eye­ing off gold in next month’s state ti­tles.

McDon­nell used Sun­day’s race to get his Ar­row kart ready for some fierce rac­ing.

He spent the day trail­ing and tun­ing his leop­ard Yamaha en­gine, an en­gine he has never raced with be­fore, but hopes it will get him over the line at next month’s cham­pi­onships.

“For now I’m prac­tis­ing and rac­ing here when­ever I can and [I’m] just fo­cus­ing on get­ting my­self com­fort­able with this en­gine and drive com­bi­na­tion,” he said.

The Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club’s of­fi­cial day of rac­ing is open to any karters in Aus­tralia and is hosted by the club up to 10 times a year.

In other news, the Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club is gear­ing up for the Club Cham­pi­onships this week­end.

The Whit­sun­day Raceway will host the event, with rid­ers from Townsville and Mackay set to com­pete in round two of the four round se­ries. For a list of events visit the Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club’s web­site at www.wmsc.org.au.

PREPA­RA­TION: Dale McDon­nell used Satur­day's club race as a tester for the up­com­ing Queens­land Closed State Kart Cham­pi­onships.

AC­CEL­ER­ATE: Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club mem­ber Nathan Had­low #8 came first in the ju­nior na­tional light race at the week­end. Daniel Mur­rell #9 from Ip­swich Kart Club came in sec­ond fol­lowed by Lin­coln Baker #69 from Mackay Kart Club.

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