Records fall as karts hit top gear
IPSWICH Kart Club (IKC) members couldn't care less about rumours suggesting their sport is on the decline with record numbers turning out to compete in recent months.
In the last two monthly race meetings, a total of 340 entrants weaved through chicanes and "dropped the hammer" on the straights as they embraced their passion at the Willowbank circuit.
The staggering 193 November entries represented a 20% increase on last year and with 30% of competitors coming from other clubs, including interstate entries, the future of the Ipswich club looks bright.
Racing in the most recent competition was incredibly close and with huge fields combined with a hot day, it was inevitable that some incidents would occur over the day's racing.
Aggressive tactics combined with a lack of experience from some drivers meant a few avoidable incidents were recorded.
IKC Club president Ashley Waardenberg pointed the finger at some competitors who took the competition a little too seriously.
"Let's not mince words here, it is unfortunate the unsportsmanlike behaviour displayed by these few only leads to retribution and disappointment and that's not what karting is all about," he said.
"Fortunately this unwelcome behaviour was only displayed by a small minority. Predominately the competition on Saturday was hard, fast and fair."
The highlights of the day were the junior and senior National Pro competitions that produced some scintillating racing.
After experiencing some bad luck in the lead-up, Brock Plumb produced the drive of the day in the junior category, finishing in sixth place after starting on 32nd grid position.
The 37 starters in the junior National Pro division was the most for many years, giving a strong indication that people are coming back to the sport.
The next and final round of racing for the year will be held at the Willowbank track on December 3.