Go karters putting down more power

Lined up: Karters line up on the starting grid before a race at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club's April competition recently. More racing will go ahead on Sunday.
Lined up: Karters line up on the starting grid before a race at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club's April competition recently. More racing will go ahead on Sunday.

The Sapphire Coast Kart Club has enjoyed a strong start to the season.

Organisers said there has been growth in the go karting industry as new machines build on power and tyres with more grip hit the market. 

“The introduction of new race engines and tyres meant we have seen an increase in numbers at the track,” a spokeswoman said. 

She said more power and more grip provided even more of a thrill for drivers and the increase in fields also made a better spectacle for race-goers. 

The club recently held it’s April meet across four heats and a final to gather points on the day. 

The spokeswoman said it was great to see the turnout from the juniors with the Cadet Nines providing the biggest class of the day – as well as some great competition. 

“All the young competitors were pushing to make front of the grid for the finals,” she said. 

Taking out first place was Zach Munckton ahead of runner-up lana Aylen, while Ava Munckton claimed third. 

The spokeswoman said racing was also fierce during the Cadet 12 series with four closely fought heats culminating in a tightly contested final. 

Clayten Wells took out the day from Joel Munckton, while Kiarra Jones secured third. 

The Junior class saw a mixture of two different  racing engines on the track with local boy Blake Motbey giving spectators a taste of speed that comes with the higher performance KA3 Class. 

Both junior KA4 classes competed together with some outstanding driving by both competitors.

Jackson Wells won the KA4 light class, while Kyran Hoyland took out the junior heavy and Motbey was in a field of his own to win the KA3 event.

Officials said they had just enough entries to be able to combine all the senior Tag classed. 

“This allowed for some great duels between drivers with a variety of results across the four heats,” the spokeswoman said. 

With the lead trading hands so often it ensured the final made quite a good viewing for karting fans as the front runners jostled for position. 

Madelyne Czubara won the Tag 125 restricted from runner-up Ben Aylan with Tyson Wells holding down third. 

In the Tag 125 Light it was Lance Ogier heading up the pack, while the winner of the Heavy class was Brad Parker. 

Club officials said the track would be open this Sunday with a race meet scheduled. 

Competition starts at 10am and spectators are more than welcome with a full canteen available on the day. 

New racers are always welcome, visit www.sckc.com.au for more details.