Karters fire up for titles
IT’LL be go, go, go for karters lining up in the State Championships this weekend at Mackay.
Gerard Battye, Two4Tuning manager, is taking three local go-karters to the titles and is expecting things to be fast and slippery.
Mitchell Bennett, 10, Jason Faint and Travis Martin will compete against some of the best karters in the country on the tricky concrete circuit.
Battye, who has raced karts for many years, will not be behind the wheel on the weekend, but has a fair knowledge of the track that is sure to throw up its share of difficulties.
“When its cold, the track takes a while to grip up, but if the sun comes out, it grips very quickly,” Battye said.
“It also throws up dust, which is hard on the engines.”
With the track narrow and tight, the quality of racing will be high.
“It can get very hectic, but there are places to pass on,” Battye said.
“For Mitchell, it will be a learning experience; I think he’ll be fast and run near the front,” Battye said.
Faint is a former Australian junior champion who has recently returned to the karting fray, and is racing in Leopard Lite and Clubman Heavy classes, the latter likely to be the toughest category.
“There are 15 guys who can win it, and this will be the most competitive class,” Battye said.
Martin, who has also come back to the motor sport, will race in the Clubman Super Heavy class.
Battye said Martin and Faint were competing to see where they sat in the grand scheme of things.
CIK series leader Cian Fothergill is also competing this weekend in Mackay, and looking to add to his trophy cabinet.
Battye was looking forward to the weekend and the rain forecast to test drivers.
“It’ll be full-on,” he said.