Broken wire ends Grothers weekend
HE was in the hunt in the final of the Leopard Light at the Australian Karting National Titles, and if not for the tiniest piece of equipment deciding to throw a spanner in the works, John Grother might have plucked a podium finish.
Having done all the hard work to make the business end of the weekend in Perth, Grother was ideally placed behind the top five karters when calamity struck.
"We were right there sitting bumper to bumper in the final," he said.
With twelve laps to go and about to pounce, an earth wire broke and forced him out of the race.
"It was a simple wire and we had serious pace at the time; we were in the box seat," he said.
Grother started further back on the grid in the final than he would have liked after an altercation set him back in the field, but had been lapping quicker times than Cian Fothergill, who went on to take out the title.
"I was just waiting for laps to go down and we were so close," he said.