THE Sapphire Coast Kart Club held their annual Crawford Sheds Sapphire Coast Cup at Frogs Hollow recently.
With trailers rolling up early, it was set to be a good weekend with the sun shining on the track.
Over 75 kart drivers arrived at the track on day one from Sydney, Canberra, Lithgow, Wollongong, Albury, Bairns-dale, Morwell and the southern half of NSW.
Several visitors expressed how surprised they were to see how fantastic the local track and facilities were, congratulating club volunteers for putting on such a friendly and brilliant event.
Sapphire Coast performed credibly on the day with Gavin Owens winning the Senior National Light race, Ian Crawford claimed runners up in Sportsman Heavy while Trevor Simpson (Sportsman Light) and Lindsay Campbell (TAG 125) finished third in their respective classes.
The Midgets started the racing off.
With 10 competitors between the ages of 7-10, the young drivers were set to put on a good show.
The racing was close with the lead changing a couple of times every lap and just 0.16 seconds separating first and second in the final race.
Cody Brewczyski narrowly took the honours from Alec Morse with Jack Winters in third place.
The Rookies proved to be the class to watch with 16 drivers on the grid.
In the pre-final it was Brendan Corbett who stole the show when he rolled his go-kart at turn four.
Brendan walked away okay but unfortunately couldn’t continue racing.
Gus Flynn, Zane Morse and Shane Kubacki trading places all weekend but it was Gus who came out on top, with Zane in second and Shane in third.
Jack Loftus was the best of the locals, finishing sixth.
Sportsman Light was the first of the senior classes.
Visiting driver Jacob Anderson won the final race by 0.354 seconds ahead of Craig Bedgood in second and 0.777 seconds ahead of local driver Trevor Simpson in third.
Sportsman Heavy saw local competitor and major sponsor Ian Crawford finish second behind Bairnsdale driver Ty Hinchliffe while Glenn Williams was third.
In the TAG 125 class for 170 kilogram vehicles, Canberra’s Matthew Nipperess returned to Frogs Hollow, storming away with victory in the final from Nicholas Stray and local Lindsay Campbell.
Restricted TAG 125 saw another Canberra driver taking the honours.
Barry Laver won from Angus Murphy by 0.617 seconds with Robert Miller in third.
Rotax Pro saw Bairnsdale driver Jayden Borg walk away with the win in front of Matthew Fraser and Shane Steenholdt.
Visitor James Abela won the Junior National Light with Brodie Tilbrook second and Adam Hourigan third.
Junior National Heavy division saw Cooma’s Chris Anthony and fellow visitor Joshua Craig fighting for first place.
In the end it was Joshua who narrowly beat Chris with Liam Heaton passing local Dylan Peters to seal third on the final lap.
Senior National Light saw the only local win.
While Jack Lucas battled hard, it was Gavin Owens who took victory with David Cray third.
The club thanks the volunteers who all gave many hours to make 2010 a weekend to be remembered.
Participants from all ages competed in nine different classes, all with great enthusiasm and much driving skill was shown over the two days.
Meanwhile, the Sapphire Coast Kart Club successfully held their annual presentation on the weekend, with the champions throughout the year honoured.
1. Cody Brewcyznski (Sydney), 2. Alec Morse (Canberra), 3. Jack Winter (Sydney).
1. Gus Flynn (Lithgow), 2. Zane Morse (Canberra), 3. Shane Kubacki (Sydney).
Junior National Light:
1. James Abela (Sydney), 2. Brodie Tilbrook (Canberra), 3. Adam Hourigan (Sydney).
Senior National Light:
1. Gavin Owens (Sapphire Coast), 2. Jack Lucas (Bairnsdale), 3. David Cray (Bairnsdale).
1. Jacob Anderson (Bairnsdale), 2. Craig Bedgood (Bairnsdale), 3. Trevor Simpson (Sapphire Coast).
1. Ty Hinchcliffe (Bairnsdale), 2. Ian Crawford (Sapphire Coast), 3. Glenn Williams (Sydney).
Restricted TAG 125:
1. Barry Laver (Canberra), 2. Angus Murphy (Canberra), 3. Robert Miller (Albury).
1. Jayden Borg (Bairnsdale), 2. Matthew Fraser (Bairnsdale), 3. Shane Steenholt (Bairnsdale).
1. Matthew Nipperess (Canberra), 2. Nicholas Stray (Bairnsdale), 3. Lindsay Campbell (Sapphire Coast).