Butler starts series with victory
IT was steady as she goes for karter Craig Butler as he was victorious in round one of the Supercheap Auto Karting Series in Rockhampton last weekend.
Qualifying in third place on Saturday afternoon in the Pro Clubman category, Butler grabbed second place in race one, before rounding out Sunday with a win and another second to take the points ahead of James Greenwood and Sam Lumsden.
“It was our reliability that kept us going and we had a really good weekend; it was a great way to start the series,” he said.
“In last year's series, we had the pace of the top guys but had a few DNFs, so we were really looking forward to getting into it and finishing some races and getting some good results.”
Round two is in Ipswich in about a month's time and a chance to squeeze a bit more time out of the kart.
“We'll go down there and tweak the kart a bit more and try and match Greenwood and a couple of the other guys,” he said.
“Last year we had a few electrical issues and a few crashes, so it was good to get good results.”
Josh Rogers finished a gallant second in the Rookies class, Jack Bussey placed third, with Mitchell Bennett grabbing fifth place.
A very strong field of 17 karters in the Leopard Heavy included CIK Stars of Karting competitor Jason Faint, who finished in second place behind Kris Walon, who won every race with Faint close behind.
“Jason did well to stay out of the carnage,” Butler said.
Gladstone karters Travis Martin and Roy Johnson finished mid-field in Faint's class.
Butler is competing in the two-day track challenge at Easter time in the Sports Light category.