Local combo steals show

AS predicted by the big boys, the locals were the ones to watch out for in the TAG 125 Kart Enduro on Saturday.

It was the Johnny Grother-Matty Rayment combination who took all before them.

The pair got off to a perfect start, grabbing pole position from Tony D’Alberto and Matt Diconoski, just ahead of Craig Butler and Brenton Simmons and Gerard Battye and Jason Faint.

V8 Supercar divers Jack Perkins, Tim Slade and D’Alberto, along with V8 ute series driver Ryal Harris, were the headline drivers, and spectators took every opportunity to see them up close and personal.

After the teams were called up and introduced before the race start, the action started and Grother took little time building a healthy lead.

It wasn’t long before he was overtaking the back pack, going against the common belief that driving too hard too early would be detrimental at the end of the enduro.

“I didn’t think the tyres would go the distance. Grother came out and went like a cut cat,” chief organiser Gavin Diconoski said. “Grother’s kart went about 250km, which is a big effort for a kart.”

Grother and Rayment completed 349 laps of the Gladstone Kart Track on Saturday evening, in a time just over 4 hours, 32 minutes.

Diconoski said the enduro had been a raging success.

“I think it was held in the best spirit I’ve seen,” he said.

The V8 drivers took such a shine to Gladstone and the track they have pencilled in a return next year.

“Slade was saying to Perkins on Saturday night after the race, ‘Next year, I think we should do this’, so they’re already talking about coming back,” Diconoski said.

Second place in the enduro went to Kel Treseder and Clinton Hancey, with Jim Thompson and Richard Litzow third.

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