The Kosmic Racing Australia team in Macau, including Gladstone driver Cian Fothergill (far right).
The Kosmic Racing Australia team in Macau, including Gladstone driver Cian Fothergill (far right). Contributed

Gladstone kart driver mixes it with world's best in Macau

KOSMIC Racing Australia driver Cian Fothergill mixed it with the world's best less than two weeks ago when driving in the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship in Macau.

The highlight for the Kosmic team, the first Australian team to contest the event in almost 20 years, was when Fothergill managed to charge his way from a 22nd starting position to record a ninth place on October 21 in the opening 21-lap encounter.

Fothergill, from Gladstone, then backed this up with a 12th placing in Saturday's second encounter.

Unfortunately, Fothergill said that after rebuilding the engine on the Saturday night, he had engine dramas on the Sunday, which caused his failure to finish both 21-lap encounters.

"Saturday was definitely the highlight for me. To be able to run inside the top 10 in a field that has so much talent in it was a huge justification of how good the talent in Australia really is," he said.

It was very much a learning experience for the team, including team principal Peter Galvin, and other drivers Matthew Waters and Josh Smith as well as everyone in between.

Fothergill said the team was flat-out all five days they were at the track and behind the eight-ball with some things not going quite as planned.

Learning from the experience, Fothergill said his team was looking forward to participating in the CIK Stars of Karting competition again as well as hitting the world stage for next year's world championships.

Fothergill said he wanted to thank the Gladstone Kart Club, the Australian karting community, the Australian Moto Sport Foundation and OMP.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me in my raffle to get over there," he said.



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