Karters drive away with honours
AN up-and-coming karter has had an exceptional meet at the latest SuperCheap kart series, just one of a Gladstone contingent to race at the weekend.
Youngster Josh Rogers qualified first in the rookies class, and came away with a couple of wins and a second from three races on Sunday in Toowoomba.
Rogers joined five other Gladstone Kart Club members at Round Four of the SuperCheap Round in Toowoomba on Sunday.
These included Craig Butler, Kane Eycroft, Denis Butler and Nick Butler, and the lads came away with mixed results.
Craig said Rogers handled the Toowoomba track very well, and his kart was flying around the circuit.
“He was pretty impressive during the races, especially considering the high standard of karters he was up against,” Craig said.
“I know he and his family were ecstatic with how he went.”
Nick suffered kart problems and did not have any luck in his rookies class, while Denis competed in the leopard heavy category.
Qualifying on pole, Denis finished with two wins and was cruising to take out the category until coming a cropper.
“He ended up spinning out and finished fourth in the field,” Craig said.
When the points were added up, he’d tied for first; however, on a countback was second overall.
“He was pleased to be back at the pointy end of the winner’s circle,” Craig said.
Eycroft managed to escape the wreckage in race three of the midgets class, and took fourth place, which was the best finish of the meet.
“He qualified 11th and had an eight and sixth in the other two races,” Craig said.
Craig’s weekend began well, capturing pole position for the clubman pro class, but Sunday was fraught with lots of kart troubles.
After two disastrous races, where engine failure and a crash on the first corner were to blame for his DNFs (did not finish), things finally took off.
“I started at 15th in the third race and managed to get into fifth, so I was very happy with that,” Craig said.
Considering the talent at the meet, which included State and National champions, the Gladstone contingent more than held their own when the karts were behaving.
“It was good to mix it up with the South East Queensland drivers,” Craig said.
“In the clubman pro class, there was a 10th of a second separating first and eighth, so it was very close.”
Gladstone hosts the next round of the SuperCheap series on September 4-5, and the club is expecting a bumper meet.
“I know local drivers are really looking forward to being on their home track,” Craig said.