Star carts off the trophy
CIAN Fothergill has taken out the Pro Light category of the CIK Stars of Karting Series in his first year.
Securing the win with a solid round four at the Todd Road circuit in Melbourne, Fothergill had the title in his grasp before racing’s end.
“After the first final, I knew I had it,” he said.
“It probably won’t really sink in until next year when I put the green plates on the kart.”
The Friday session started slowly for the championship leader, who was running on old tyres.
In the second final, Fothergill set the quickest lap for the meet, clocking a 40.3, almost a second quicker than the qualifying time of 41 flat.
A bad start cost him the chequered flag in the last race, Fothergill said, and he couldn’t peg back the leader.
Fothergill collected the James Courtney Trophy, as well as the overall and final round trophies.
The CIK series had been an excellent experience for Fothergill, and the hard work of the team, including his father Rae and mechanic Nick Gollan, had paid off.
“Everything’s gone our way, and I’ve learnt to stick with what you know,” he said.
“Everyone gives you racing room; it’s more a gentleman’s class.”
Another Gladstone competitor Johnny Grother had a round to forget, describing it mildly as “absolutely disastrous”.
“We had plenty of raw speed this time, but ended up with brake issues,” Grother said.
Qualifying second in the top-five shootout, Grother soon encountered bad luck, a familiar experience this year for the karter.
In the first heat, he was pipped by last year’s champion, but towards the end, the kart was slowing down as the brakes began to stick.
Things snowballed from there, and engine failure occurred twice, in the third heat and second final, in which Grother had managed to qualify seventh.
“It was good for our TrackSA team,” Grother said.
Fothergill said there were many people to thank, including his family, Remo, and sponsors TrackSA Marshall Lighting.
This weekend, Fothergill will compete in the Go Kart Club of Victoria City of Melbourne titles.
“That’ll be a bash and crash affair,” the Pro light champion said.