Close call but good results for the Jones' team
MOTORSPORT: Gladstone go-karts driver Leesa Jones had a successful weekend at the first round of the North Queensland Series held in Mackay's Palmyra Dragway.
Leesa finished second overall in the TAG 125 Restricted Light behind winner Rhian Ramsay and ahead of Alan Floreancig.
Her husband Chris Jones, who also competed in the series, said it was a good event for her.
"Leesa qualified in pole position where she won heats one and two,” Chris said.
The jostling for positions was at its hottest during the final and there was metal on metal.
"She got caught up in lap traffic which means there was contact in the final,” Chris said.
He said there is a difference between the track here and the one in Mackay.
"The track in Mackay has a concrete surface and opposite to the bitumen we have in Gladstone,” Chris said.
"The grip level is different and Mackay has a rough and bumpy track.”
Chris competed in the KA3 Senior Medium class where he improved from his qualifying.
"I ended up fourth overall in the final after I qualified in sixth place,” he said.
Six other drivers from Gladstone featured in the Mackay event with Chris's brother Tony Jones top in the KA3 Senior Heavy after he had qualified in second place.
Jon Cox finished second in the TAG Light division.
"He did really well because he started in last place after getting a did not finish result in the pre-final,” Chris said.
Denis Butler got third place in the Jason Price and Gaven Whitmore with fellow Gladstone driver Brenton Simonds in fourth.
It's a busy karts calendar with round one of the CQ Series in Emerald on March 25-26 and the State Championships in Mackay in four weeks.