Re­verse round for karters

Kart­ing round six has driv­ers do­ing it back to front for fun

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

WHIT­SUN­DAY karters got a taste of some­thing dif­fer­ent at the week­end.

For only the third time since karts have been tak­ing to the as­phalt, driv­ers got to run the race­way in re­verse.

Whit­sun­day Mo­to­sports Club pres­i­dent Adam Stroud said they had re­ceived some great feed­back, with karters say­ing it felt like “a whole dif­fer­ent track”.

The change up pro­duced some very close rac­ing, with Mr Stroud high­light­ing the com­bined se­nior class as par­tic­u­larly hotly con­tested, with “dif­fer­ent plac­ing in ev­ery race”.

In the Cadet 9 di­vi­sion, it was Cruise Ma­son who took out the top spot, fol­lowed by Jack Ni­colls, Damian White and Ri­p­ley Beale.

Tris­tan Lam­bert claimed pole po­si­tion for the Cadet 12 di­vi­sion, with Lara Had­low in sec­ond, Remy Haller in third and Bodie Rab­not round­ing out the plac­ings.

Joshua His­lop was the only con­tender in the TAG 125 Hea- vy cat­e­gory, claim­ing the points.

The Sports­man Light di­vi­sion also had only one racer, with Ge­orgie Now­ell there­fore fin­ish­ing first.

The Sports­man Heavy was not sim­i­larly un­der­manned, with Ti­mothy Now­ell claim­ing top of the podium come the che­quered flag.

In the run down were Peter Hill in sec­ond, War­ren Hooper in third, Ralf Menzel in fourth and Dun­can Robb in fifth. The Sports­man Su­per Heavy was again un­der con­tested, with Adam Ni­colls the only karter.

Karters have a ma­jor event quickly ap­proach­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef Ti­tles.

The ti­tles will be con­tested at the Whit­sun­day Race­way from Satur­day, Au­gust 12, to Sun­day, Au­gust 13.

Although the event is rel­a­tively new, it has quickly gained a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing one of the premier ti­tles in North Queens­land, with karters ex­pected to come from as far afield as Cairns, Mount Isa and Ip­swich.

CLUB CHAMPS: Se­nior karters take to the track for a com­bined Sports­man Light and Heavy re­verse race on Sun­day.

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