Sean wins state karting title
Hours of practice paying off for youngster
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.