THE Sapphire Coast Kart Club (SCKC) is going the distance in more ways than one.
The club held the first round of the Australian Karting Association’s Sportsman Enduro Karting Series recently.
The SCKC was also pleased to announce on Friday it would host the AKA’s NSW State Championships next year (BDN, 20/9).
In a visit to the club earlier this year, Australia’s top kart racer David Sera said he thought the club would be a great place to hold the five-day race meet.
“They have a great facility here and the track is magnificent,” Sera said.
“There is an abundance of things to do here on the coast for the entire week so the club should have no dramas hosting an event like that.”
The SCKC was pleased to host the visiting Goulburn kart club in the first round of the endurance race championship.
Fourty-six karters from Wollongong, Sydney and Goulburn converged on the Frogs Hollow kart track for the event.
In the first round of the endurance championship, it is the first time the club has held a long distance race at the SCKC track.
Sixteen teams entered with three drivers per team.
Each team was racing Honda 6.5hp twin engine, endurance chassis go karts.
Each team had to follow specific rules that went along with the different format of the event.
Qualifying and the first three hours of the eight-hour endurance event started on Saturday, with most teams running wet tyres due to the showery conditions.
All teams had a scheduled maximum of 15 pit-stops over the weekend with four pit-stops being counted for fuel only.
Driver changes were mandatory at least every hour.
Saturday’s events continued on Sunday for another five hours in fine conditions, which saw lap times vastly improved over those on Saturday.
The winner was the team that completed the the most laps over the eight hours of racing.
The club congratulated the winning team, Kart 31, from Wollongong which finished 622 laps, using only one set of control tyres.
Two Sapphire Coast drivers were lucky enough to experience the thrill of endurance racing for the first time.
Lance Ogier and Clifton Young both found it very different to sprint kart racing.
Racers have to pace themselves as they can be on the track for up to an hour, when in sprint kart racing drivers are only in the kart for a maximum of 10 minutes per race.
It is very physical on the body, but both drivers said they would be happy to do it again.
Club secretary Janelle Loftus said the SCKC was now looking forward to its Sapphire Cup race meet in November and hoped Sera would return to compete in the event.
“In November the club will hold its Sapphire Cup and we hope he will return to compete in that,” Loftus said.