Rookies in race for club glory
IT WAS P-platers as far as the eye could see during round three of the recent Ipswich Kart Club championships at Willowbank.
Nine of the rookies were among the 20 cadets that started in the field of emerging motorsport talent.
New kart racers Tristyn Martin, Jacinta Hoey and Michael Philp lined up on the track for their first kart meeting along with Ipswich track first-timers Zayd Tones, Rusty Ross and Jett Hopkins.
While none of the rookies finished at the pointy end of the field, there was a continual battle at the front of the race between Harrison Hoey, Jack Doohan, Jai Brown and Jace Matthews. They all showed why they are some of the fastest cadets in the country.
Just behind the leaders came the ever- improving Oliver Bayliss, Josh Radford and the fastest P-plater of the weekend, Lachlan Hughes.
Despite a couple of incidents in the first two heats, all of the drivers settled down in the pre-final and final with clean racing a highlight of the finals.
After all the points were awarded, Hoey finished atop the podium from Doohan and Brown.
Large fields were also the order of the day in the Junior Nation Light division as 27 karts lined up for the Ipswich event.
Blake Brooks proved too strong for his competitors, holding off Zane Goddard and Bryce Fullwood for the victory.
When the big boys hit the track it was Richard Dimmock who showed true class and experience will win over horsepower any day.
The Senior National driver outdrove his competition, proving it's not all about the equipment.
Oliver Etter showed plenty of pace all day and won the pre-final with James Foster emphatically taking out the final after Dimmock and Jay Schroder got tangled up mid-race.
Many of the competitors used the event as a tune-up for this long weekend's Queensland championships in Gladstone.