State hat-trick treat for Plumb
IPSWICH Grammar School student Brock Plumb left his competitors and a king brown snake behind him at the Queensland Karting Championships in Gladstone.
The Ipswich Kart Club driver won three state titles last weekend.
But it wasn't just his impressive performance that the event will be remembered for.
Year 10 student Plumb and his fellow competitors in the Junior Rotax category found themselves challenging each other and a king brown snake that found its way on to the circuit midway through the race.
Plumb didn't know which way to go when he came across it the first time - so he jumped the kerb and went over it.
Most of the competitors thought it was a broken chain that was sitting on the track.
Jordan Boys, who was running mid-pack, landed the knock-out blow, allowing normal racing to resume.
"It was certainly something that I'd never seen before and I really didn't know what to do," Plumb said.
"In the end, I think we all just put it behind us and went on with the race.
"Luckily I had enough speed to hold out Thomas (Randle) for the win."
Plumb and Randle also went head-to-head in the final of the Junior Clubman category.
Randle shadowed the Arrow kart of Plumb's throughout the duration of the 23-lap final.
Despite the best efforts of the drivers behind him, Plumb defended his lead position with vigour. Gold Coaster Lachlan McHugh emerged from the last lap battle to finish runner-up.
In the Junior National Heavy category, Plumb was able to open a slender gap during the opening few laps in his Arrow kart. He then drove off into the distance to claim the win.
"It's really been an amazing weekend," Plumb said.
"Considering I won my first state title in Rockhampton in 2008, the Central Queensland region has certainly been good.
"None of this would be possible without the hard work of my dad and grandpa, along with Michael and Mitchell Gee, all of whom were my pit crew this weekend."
Competing in the Junior National Heavy, Junior Rotax and Junior Clubman categories, Plumb secured the third, fourth and fifth state championships of his seven-year career.
It is believed that the most recent driver to have achieved a three-peat in a state championship event was Bundaberg's Kel Treseder, who won three crowns in 2006.
BROCK PLUMB'S QLD titles triple
Junior Clubman: 1. Brock Plumb, 2. Lachlan McHugh, 3. Nicholas Rowe. FA Kart driver Thomas Randle shadowed the Arrow kart of Plumb throughout the duration of the 23-lap final. Despite the best efforts of the drivers behind him, the Arrow driver defended his lead on the final lap and held on for his third win of the day.
Junior National Heavy: 1. Brock Plumb, 2. James Allen, 3. Zachary Phillips. In an unusual sight for the Junior National Heavy category, Plumb was able to open a slender gap during the opening few laps in his Arrow kart. He then drove off into the distance to claim his second championship of the event.
Junior Rotax: 1. Brock Plumb, 2. Thomas Randle, 3. Jordan Boys. After a number of frantic races throughout the weekend, the final in the Junior Rotax category was a calmer affair. That was until a king brown snake decided to make its way on to the circuit midway through the race. Steering clear of it was Plumb, who took the win.