THE Port Curtis Titles were run and won over the weekend at the Gladstone Kart Club.
Almost 60 drivers from Central Queensland took to the track for the last time before a major refurbishment to the facility takes place which will see Gladstone host some of Australia’s blue ribbon events.
Emerald youngster Brock Owen, who won the Queensland closed championships in Warwick the previous week, proved too good for Gladstone drivers Mitchell Bennett, Jack Bussey and Joel Curd.
Gladstone driver Kane Bycroft had a weekend to forget with mechanical problems ending his races early.
It was an all-local affair in the Rookie class with Josh Rogers, Conner Smith, Sam Flintham, Frances Dunnett and Nicolas Buttler all pushing their equipment to the limit. But it was Josh Rogers who took the win.
It was pleasing to see healthy numbers in the junior fields with Tim Coomber taking a well-deserved victory from Nathen Dunnett.
The Junior Heavy section produced close battles all afternoon with a big improvement from Russell Achilles who racked up enough points to take the win ahead of visiting Bundaberg drivers Rylee Walton and current state champion Jeremy Landt.
Senior Clubman brought many visiting drivers from Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton kart clubs, but local driver Andrew Vessy-Brown led home the field in a hard-fought affair.
The largest field of the day was again in the TAG 100cc class with 13 starters mostly from Gladstone.
Seasoned karters Ken Pritchard and Benny Benedetto showed their younger rivals the way with many thrills and spills throughout the day entertaining the crowd.
Youngsters Nathan Coombs showed great pace to be quickest by the final race, along with Rockhampton driver Scott Unwin.
Unfortunately, they weren’t quick enough to get in front of Steven Pool who took home third place with a good haul of points but not quite as many as Benedetto and eventual winner of Ken Pritchard.
The fastest class was the TAG 125cc with the boys showing they’re not afraid of racing wheel to wheel.
Sunshine Coast’s Gaven Whitmore proved he had enough race wins to take the Port Curtis Title on his 40th birthday.
Sadly for Whitmore he failed to make the final with a mechanical drama allowing Roy Johnston, Ian Wogandt and David Roberts to battle it out in the final race of the day.