Dau proves senior ability with defeat of champion
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
IT WAS a case of the apprentice beating the master when BJ Dau edged out 2005 state champion Matthew Rayment to win the Se- nior National Heavy class at the Gladstone Kart Club's Founders Day on Saturday.
Competing in his first senior event, top junior Dau displayed a class beyond his years to defeat Rayment on a countback.
Rayment could console himself with the fact he didn't go home empty-handed after winning the Sportsman Heavy division. The pair's tussle was typical on a day of great racing in the first GKC meeting of 2006.
A total of 72 competitors, some from as far away as the Gold Coast, Warwick, Cooloola Coast and Mackay, put on a show for a good Formula K raceway crowd.
Gladstone star John Grother started his season with a bang, tasting victory in two separate classes.
Grother enjoyed a comfortable win in the Leopard Light class and backed that up with victory over Cian Fothergill among oth- ers in the hotly-contested Sports- man Light division.
Like Rayment, Fothergill bounced back from that second with victory in the Senior Nation- al Light's ahead of Fraser Coast visitor Shay Mayes.
A close Leopard Heavy battle was taken out by Gladstone's Eryl Urquhart from club-mate Roy Johnson, while Jethro Ten Bensel flew the local flag in the Rookies class.
Back-to-back club champion Chris Wisnewski was another winner, taking out the Midgets class, while Darren Winstanley went home with the Rotax Light trophy under his arm.
Meanwhile, the long trips proved worthwhile for Fraser Coast's Luke Phillips (Junior Na- tional Light), Warwick star Daryl Williams (Rotax Heavy) and Mackay driver Justin Garioch (Junior National Heavy) who all scored round victories.