John Grother leads his CIK Series team-mate Cian Fothergill in round three of the series held at Eastern Creek over the weekend.
John Grother leads his CIK Series team-mate Cian Fothergill in round three of the series held at Eastern Creek over the weekend. submitted

Broken chain ends karter's hopes

A SNAPPED chain curtailed any chance of local CIK Series go-karter Cian Fothergill winning three from three in the series.

But his team-mate, John Grother, finished with a second place, making a wretched season a little easier to swallow.

Fothergill has dominated the racing series this year, his first in the class, but bad luck hampered his chance of another podium finish.

“I struggled in the heats, but eventually qualified third,” Fothergill said.

“We adjusted the front end and the seat position and this improved things.”

After finally getting the kart set-up right, everything started to fall into place and he was pulling away from the field in the deciding race.

With 10 laps to go in the final the snapped chain put paid to any chance of three victories.

Grother said while the second was “by default”, he was pleased some of the bad luck, which continued at the beginning of the meet, seemed to end.

“We had a disastrous start to the year and have been plagued with one thing after another,” he said.

“It was good though to salvage a second, but I'm looking forward to 2011.”

Fothergill is looking towards the state championships in Mackay in several weeks and has begun preparing for the event.

“I'm looking forward to having a crack,” he said.

“We've been up there testing a couple of times on the concrete track.

“We'll have to adjust the set-up for the kart to allow for the more slippery surface.”

Fothergill still leads the CIK Series pro-light division by 39 points from Hayden McBride.



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