Sean wins state kart­ing ti­tle

Hours of prac­tice pay­ing off for young­ster

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

TO win a state ti­tle of any de­scrip­tion takes time, hours of prac­tice, com­pe­ti­tion and a cer­tain level of abil­ity.

You must have to achieve this to un­der­stand what kart­ing is all about, and how it works is a sci­ence in it­self, from steel grades in axles, weather con­di­tions, en­gine man­age­ment, to the cor­rect tech­nique of driv­ing and know­ing your com­peti­tor and mak­ing it all come to­gether at the right time dur­ing a race to be there at the end

Over the weekend of March 7, 8 and 9 young Mans­field karter Sean Larkins com­peted at the Vic­to­rian State Ti­tles at the Oak­leigh Kart Club, with a ca­pac­ity grid of 36 com­peti­tors from around Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

To qual­ify sec­ond fastest was a great ef­fort in the limited time al­lowed.

Heat one saw Larkins take the win in a nail biter.

Heat two saw an­other close race to come sec­ond.

The pre-fi­nal saw Larkins only fin­ish fourth.

Af­ter a wrong choice of axles that may be cho­sen for the 20 lap fi­nal, the fi­nal started with all the dra­mas.

Fail­ing to start on the grid, a quick plug change saw the en­gine fi­nally start, due to a fail­ing elec­tronic mod­ule.

With the race well un­der way it be­came a four way bat­tle for the lead chang­ing nu­mer­ous times, and with more than half the race dis­tance com­pleted, Larkins’ mo­tor cut out for a split mo­ment forc­ing him back to third.

With a gap now be­tween the lead­ers equiv­a­lent to a foot­ball field in this sport and Larkins tucked down be­hind the steer­ing wheel he closed the gap to the leading pack over sev­eral laps set­ting the fastest lap ever recorded and break­ing a 10 year stand­ing record by al­most half a sec­ond on lap 17 for his class.

With the lead chang­ing on the last lap Larkins made the most of the mo­ment to hold the lead to the fin­ish line, win­ning his first state ti­tle and the blue plate, which now can dis­played in the form of a blue back­ground for the #4.

Larkins will rep­re­sent as a state ti­tle win­ner for one year un­til the 2015 Vic­to­rian State Ti­tles.

At the age of nine, time in this class is start­ing the downhill slide against height and weight, to stay close to the 90kg min­i­mum limit, forc­ing Larkins up to the Rookie class as he still has two years left in the cadet class.

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Sean Larkins leads the way round a cor­ner in a heat of the state ti­tles. PHO­TOS: Coop­ers Photograph­y

PROUD CHAMP: Young Mans­field karter Sean Larkins with his Vic­to­rian State Ti­tle cham­pi­onship tro­phies.

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