Kart fans treated to speed
THERE might not have been too much smoke from the barbecues on Father's Day, but there was plenty at the Gladstone Formula K Raceway on Sunday.
Round five of the Supercheap series was held, bringing many of the best karters from across the State to the track.
Saturday saw open practice for Queensland's karting elite and a hot pace, with many of the local drivers aiming to start from the pole position.
Gladstone drivers Josh Rogers, Mike Powe, Benny Benedetto, Cian Fothergill and John Grother topped the timesheets in their respective classes.
Spectators were treated to speeds and lap times not seen for many years around the slippery Gladstone surface.
All the dry set-up went out the door when karters arrived to a cold and wet racetrack for the Sunday sprint races. This gave visiting drivers an edge due to the Gladstone drivers not getting as many opportunities to race in the tricky conditions.
Rookie Rogers and Connor Smith found the conditions trying with Smith exiting the track in spectacular fashion at high speed, leaving other local drivers Nick Butler, Sam Battye, Francis Dunnett and Sam Flintham to battle with the strong southern competitors.
Jordan McGregor ended up taking the win ahead of Rogers in a very close battle.
In the Midget Class visiting driver Harrison Oddie took the spoils from local sensation Mitch Bennett, who had a fantastic race meet, and rising star Jack Bussy.
Local experience proved too good for classy Pro Clubman field with an all local front row with Cian Fothergill and Craig Butler who would battle it out for line honours, with Butler looking for his first major win at state level until disaster struck with a chain breaking in the second race to hand victory to Fothergill.
It was a case of the young and speedy against the older and wiser drivers in the TAG 100 class with weather scaring some of the travelling drivers. This class never disappoints with action aplenty. Benny Benedetto and Anthony Myers had many good battles but it was Benedetto taking the win followed by Ken Pritchard and Rae Fothergill home for third.
The seriously quick classes didn't disappoint with a large field and high quality drivers.
The rain played havoc for some karters getting caught out on the slick tyres as others choose to use the super soft wet compound tyre making the racing very exciting to watch. Gavin Whitmore proved the most consistent on the day with a fast finishing local Jason Faint hot on his heels for second and Rockhampton driver Matt Dicinoski home for third.
Leopard Light was fast and furious as always and it was Grother leading home Fothergill and beating home the current state champ Luke Lane. In the closing stages of the final race the boys decided to demonstrate some high speed passing, showing the locals why they are among the best drivers in the country.