Ipswich racer hopes his lucky number an omen at nationals
IPSWICH Grammar School graduate Brock Plumb hopes his lucky race number will be a good omen when he takes on Australia's best kart racers at the Ipswich Kart Circuit this weekend.
Plumb will line up in the international standard KZ2 class at Willowbank.
After the recent retirement of 10-time national champion Matthew Wall, he has been able to return to the number 15 that he used all throughout his junior career.
"Wall-e has been number 15 for the past 22 years, so I knew when I moved into seniors that whenever I lined up against him I would have to change my number,'' Plumb said.
"Now that he has retired, I've been able to get back to my old number and I'm hoping it will bring me some good luck this weekend.''
At the start of 2015, Plumb joined the Ricciardo Kart Junior team under the guidance of former V8 Supercar driver Michael Patrizi. The 18 year-old is benefiting from the opportunity to work in a team environment.
"It (being a part of a team) is a big step up from just Dad and I going racing together, until this year I'd never really done it that way but I'm really enjoying, and benefiting from it," Plumb said.
"To be involved with the Ricciardo Kart team and all of the other brands that support it is a fantastic feeling and hopefully I can get a good result for them this weekend."
After finishing third in a lead-up event several weeks ago, Plumb is confident entering this weekend's event, however, the high caliber of drivers in the 24-kart field is not lost on him.
"Both myself and my team-mate Troy Losekow have had some good speed this year but for one reason or another we haven't been able to transfer it into a good result. I had a good run in the shakedown but this weekend the competition will lift again," Plumb said.
"The competition is so close that one tenth of a second can be the difference between qualifying on the front row or in 12th place. You have to make sure everything is perfect if you're going to make the podium at the end of the weekend."
Plumb will reach speeds of close to 140 km/h around the 1180-metre Ipswich circuit with practice beginning today ahead of qualifying and the heat races tomorrow with the finals contested from midday on Sunday.
A total of 200 entries have been received across eight classes for this weekend's event.
The Ipswich Kart Club is located on Champions Way, Willowbank.
Spectator entry is free.