John Martin leads a tight field in racing at the Gladstone Kart Club.
John Martin leads a tight field in racing at the Gladstone Kart Club.

Exhausts to roar at Karter of Year round

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE sound of roaring exhausts will fill the air when the Gladstone Kart Club hosts round one of the 2005 Queensland Karter of the Year Central Zone series on Saturday.

Gladstone drivers are expected to perform well at the meet which draws competitors from across the Sunshine State for the hotlycontested series.

The local meet can provide drivers with the perfect start to the three-round series building up to a grand final in Toowoomba later this year.

In an exciting boost for the drivers, Saturday's meet will be a rare day/night meeting with plenty of exciting action in store for spectators.

It will also be valuable for all drivers to race in Gladstone before next month's Queensland State Bitumen Championships being staged in the Harbour City.

A strong contingent of local drivers are sure to fly the city's flag proudly at the meet, with home track knowledge of the tough circuit set to come in handy.

The Senior National Light class may be the most interesting, with rising stars Cian Fothergill and Sean Thomas to square off.

Matthew Rayment is the best local chance in the Sportsman's Heavy, but Benny Benedetto and Ken Prichard have also been in good enough form to ensure they will be in the mix.

Scott Klease has been tearing the track up in junior national heavy, while junior national heavy driver Robert Beak is also in very good form.

Former Aussi Racing driver John Grother has returned to his karting roots and is performing consistently in the Sportsman's Light class.

Meanwhile young guns Justin Smith and Chris Wisnewski are ones to watch in their respective divisions.

If you want to get an early look at the karts, practice sessions are on Friday. Racing on Saturday starts from 11.30am and entry is free.



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