Sapphire Coast karters tearing up the track

BEGA kart racer Jack Loftus showed visitors a thing a two at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club’s (SCKC) Sapphire Cup race meet recently.

Jack raced to three national class wins recently with the club now excited to host endurance racing tomorrow.

Club secretary Janelle Loftus said it was a “very successful event” with a huge number of visiting racers. 

“[We had] karters coming from Bairnsdale, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra,” Janelle said. 

“Bega karters had great success with many finishing on the podium.”

Janelle said she was proud of her son Jack, who took out three divisions during the event.

“Jack made his debut in the senior division. 

“[He] won the senior clubman pro class, rotax 125 restricted class and our major class the senior national pro with $1000 in prize money,” she said. 

Jack scored himself $1200 in overall winnings for his efforts. 

Janelle said other Bega karters also performed well. 

“Bailey Cooper finished third in the cadets class ... Clifton Young [was] second in the tag pro.

“All three placegetters in the tag restricted were from Sapphire, with Jack, Lance Ogier and Tom Cruickshank.

“There was great racing between these members,” she said. 

Another local, Dylan Peters, also claimed third in the clubman pro series. 

Janelle said she was thrilled to see local karters doing well against strong national competition. 

She is now looking forward to endurance racing events this weekend - weather permitting. 

“We are hosting endurance karts [tomorrow],” Loftus said. 

“It will be six hours endurance racing in a team event.”

The endurance races are made up of teams of drivers who share time on the track. 

Janelle said there would be a strong field of racers for the event, but only one local team taking part. 

“We have one local team entered of Jack, Brad Cole and Cliff Pistorius. 

“They will be flying the flag for the Sapphire Coast,” she said. 

Janelle urged anyone interested in watching the races to head along as spectators are more than welcome. 

“There is free entry and a canteen is available. 

“Come out and support your local karters,” she said. 

The club is expecting to see big fields for the event with many teams travelling to race. 

“We have teams coming from Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra and Newcastle,” Janelle said. 

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