Cian Fothergill was pipped on the last corner of the race of the Leopard Lite category at the State Championships in Mackay.
Cian Fothergill was pipped on the last corner of the race of the Leopard Lite category at the State Championships in Mackay. Submitted

Go-karters give it their best shot

THE State Go-kart Championships were a case of oh-so-close for one Gladstone competitor and a steep learning curve for others.

Cian Fothergill finished second in the Leopard Lite category, after qualifying first in the class. Leading from the start, Fothergill got pipped on the last corner of the 21-lap race.

Also competing in the Clubman class, Fothergill started in third position on the grid and liked his chances in the race until he came a cropper.

“I had a crash and went back to last, then made my way through the field and finished ninth.”

Gerard Battye took his Two4Tuning team to Mackay and Mitchell Bennett, Jason Faint and Travis Martin found the going hard on the concrete track at Mackay at the weekend.

“The conditions were changing all the time and a surprising amount of locals did well,” Battye said. “It was the most extreme version I’ve seen of it in 15-20 years.”

Battye said the karters would get lucky after karts were set to conditions, only to have things reverse within laps.

“The track was very tight and if you didn’t qualify in the top two rows you struggled to get anywhere,” Battye said.

Faint got to third in one heat, Battye said, before falling away.

“I think they learned a lot and got six months’ experience in one hit.”



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