Rogers farewelled at Challenge
THE Easter weekend Two-Track Challenge was a fitting farewell to one of Gladstone Kart Club’s favourite sons, with Harbour City and Rockhampton karters honouring the late Norton Rogers.
Lyall Rogers, Norton’s father, made his go-kart debut in the event, this year named the ‘Norton Rogers Two-Track Challenge’ as a tribute to his son and the support shown by the Gladstone and Rockhampton racing fraternity was fantastic.
“I’ve never raced before but I thought if we’re asking other people to pull their karts out and wipe the dust off then it’s good enough for me as well,” Rogers said.
“A lot of our fondest memories of our son were here so it’s nice to get out on the track and enjoy yourself; it makes other people feel better too, I think.”
An overwhelming crowd turned out to the Gladstone track in support of the family on Saturday and Lyall was appreciative of every familiar face in attendance.
“It’s a difficult time for us and it’s nice to get out with the people we’ve spent so much time with over the years; everyone’s gathered to support the event and we’re really happy that so many people have come out for it,” he said.
“A lot of people have gone out of their way to make this event the success it is and it’s a tribute to the community in general and the support we’ve had since Norton’s death has been fantastic.”
Lyall and wife Donna handed out trophies to the respective winners in Sunday’s presentation and, after entering Norton’s name in the Leopard Light class as a tribute, accepted the third place trophy for the division on his behalf as there were only three nominations.