Three Championships For Plumb In Queensland
Queensland teenager Brock Plumb joined a unique group in Australian karting on the weekend with three victories at the KTEQ Rentals Queensland Karting Championships in Gladstone.
Competing in the Junior National Heavy, Junior Rotax and Junior Clubman categories Plumb secured the third, fourth and fifth state championship of his seven-year career throughout Sunday’s action.
Above: Brock Plumb leading Thomas Randle in the Jnr Clubman Final
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It is believed that the most recent driver to have achieved a three-peat in a state championship event was Bundaberg’s Kel Treseder who won three crowns in 2006.
After a number of frantic races throughout the weekend, the final in the Junior Rotax category was much more of a calmer affair.
That was until a King Brown snake decided to make it’s way onto the circuit midway through the race. After making it’s way onto the racing line the reptile didn’t stand a chance against the 19 karts tearing their way around the circuit. Steering clear of the drama was Plumb who took the win ahead of Thomas Randle.
“It was certainly something that I’ve never seen before and I really didn’t know what to do,” said Plumb.
“In the end, I think we all just put it behind us and went on with the race. Luckily I had enough speed to hold out Thomas for the win.”
Plumb and Randle also went head to head in the final of the Junior Clubman category.
Randle shadowed the Arrow kart of Plumb’s throughout the duration of the 23-lap final. Despite the best efforts of the drivers behind him, the Arrow driver defended his position in the lead on the final lap with vigor and hold on for the win. Gold Coaster Lachlan McHugh emerged from the last lap battle to finish runner-up.
“I know that McHugh will never give up and he certainly didn’t. I drove pretty defensive on the last lap to make sure I stayed in front of the bunch and hold on for the win,” said Plumb.
In an unusual sight for the Junior National Heavy category, Plumb was able to open a slender gap during the opening few laps in his Arrow kart. He then drove off into the distance to claim the win.
Above: Jason Faint leading Matt Greenbury and Daniel Stein in Leopard Heavy
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James Allen had a good battle with KTEQ Rentals-backed driver Nicholas Rowe before they were joined by Zachary Phillips and Josh Smith in the late stages. Unfortunately for Rowe a touch resulted in a dropped chain on the last lap handing second place to Allen.
“It’s really been an amazing weekend, and considering I won my first state title in Rockhampton in 2008 the Central Queensland region has certainly been good to me,” said Plumb.
“None of this would be possible without the hard work of my Dad and Grandpa, along with Michael and Mitchell Gee, all of whom were my pit crew this weekend.”
Gladstone Restaurateur Jason Faint confirmed that it’s not just in the Rocksalt kitchen where he can whip up a storm on the weekend.
Competing in both the 125cc Leopard Light and Leopard Heavy categories with the Energy Corse Australia team, Faint was victorious in the Heavy category ahead of former National Champion Matt Greenbury and defending State Champion Daniel Stein.
The win is Faint’s third at a state championship level, his most recent prior to the weekend’s win came in 1999 when he was a junior competitor.
Another local to take a popular victory was Denis Butler in the Clubman Over 40’s category. Butler enjoyed a titanic battle with Shane Leahy throughout the 23-lap race before taking the win.
Above: Denis Butler was a popular winner in the Clubman Over 40s category
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Gold Coaster Chris Hays continued the winning streak for the newly formed Energy Corse Australia team when he securing the win in the 125cc Rotax Light category. It is the seventh time he has won at a State Championship and his first since winning the Clubman Light title in Victoria on debut in the senior ranks at the start of 2010.
Boyne Island youngster Josh Rogers finished a gallant second in the Rookies category, narrowly being defeated by Victorian Cooper Murray.
Bundaberg’s Clinton Marcon was one of the pacesetters all weekend in the Clubman Heavy category and he transferred this speed into a championship victory in the 23-lap final. Despite some heavy pressure from the likes of Brendan Nelson, James Greenwood and Kip Foster it was Marcon who held on for the win.
2012 KTEQ Rentals Queensland Karting Championships
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RESULTS: Top Five
1. Jason Faint
2. Matt Greenbury
3. Daniel Stein
4. Kris Walton
5. Michael Doherty
Race Notes: Exprit driver Daniel Stein started from pole position in the final of Leopard Heavy with his sights set on three consecutive Queensland Championships. After shadowing Stein for the opening half of the race, Jason Faint moved his Energy Kart to the lead, and Matt Greenbury followed him through. The leading duo then gapped Stein and despite the best efforts of Greenbury, Faint held on for his third state championship.
1. Cooper Murray
2. Josh Rogers
3. Harrison Oddie
4. Declan Fraser
5. Alec Morse
Race Notes: The leading trio of Harrington Doyle Racing’s Harrison Oddie, Cooper Murray and the Cian Fothergill karting protégé of Josh Rogers raced in close proximity throughout the duration of the 23-lap Championship Final in the Rookies category. Murray moved to the front with five laps to go, he and Rogers swapped the lead on a number of occasions before the Tony Kart driver held on for a narrow victory.
Junior National Light
1. James Abela
2. Bryce Fullwood
3. Liam McLellan
4. Jordan Boys
5. Roland Legge
Race Notes: Northern Territorian Bryce Fullwood led the early running of the Junior National Light final while James Abela was shuffled back to fifth spot at the green light. The Top Kart pilot fought his way back to the front within a handful of laps where he was shadowed by Liam McLellan. The leading duo were then joined by six others in the leading freight train by mid-race. As has come to be expected in the category, there were positions swapped lap after lap. In the end it was Abela who used all of his experience to take the win over Fullwood, McLellan made a last corner pass for third.
1. Chris Hays
2. Pierce Lehane
3. Joseph Mawson
4. Chris Farkas
5. Scott Sorensen
Race Notes: After a frantic start, it was Fujitsu Cool driver Joseph Mawson who led the way but on lap four Chris Hays sliced his way past Mawson under brakes at the end of the main straight to take over the front running in the Rotax Light Final. The Vodafone-backed Energy Corse driver was never challenged on route to victory leaving Mawson and Lehane to battle for the minors. It is Hays’ first victory in a championship event since the 2010 Victorian Championships at Oakleigh.
Above: Gold Coaster Chris Hays on his way to victory in Rotax Light
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Clubman Super Heavy
1. Scott Simpson
2. Ben McKinlay
3. John Rowley
4. Joshua Herne
5. Bradley Moody
Race Notes: Just for something different, OTK drivers Scott Simpson and Ben McKinlay led the way in the Clubman Super Heavy final. However, unlike most of the previous scripts in State and National Championships, it was McKinlay who was setting the pace for the majority of the 23-lap journey. After a number of lead changes, it was Simpson who held on for the win. John Rowley had a lonely race for third.
1. Jai Sparey
2. Harrison Hoey
3. Tyler O’Leary
4. Nathan Herne
5. Jay McGregor
Race Notes: Lismore’s Nathan Herne led the early running in the Cadets final, but the freight train of karts behind him was very hungry for the lead. When Pacific Kartsport driver Harrison Hoey moved to the front a number of others followed. In the end it was a three-way battle for the lead between Hoey, Jai Sparey and Tyler O’Leary. A last lap pass by Sparey secured him the victory by half a kart-length over Hoey.
Above: Jai Sparey won his maiden state championship in the Cadets category
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1. Brock Plumb
2. Thomas Randle
3. Jordan Boys
4. Cameron Hill
5. James Golding
Race Notes: After a number of frantic races throughout the weekend, the final in the Junior Rotax category at the Queensland Championships was much more of a calmer affair. That was until a King Brown snake decided to make it’s way onto the circuit midway through the race, after making it’s way onto the racing line the reptile didn’t stand a chance against the 19 karts tearing their way around the circuit. Steering clear of it all was Brock Plumb who took the win ahead of Thomas Randle.
1. Luke Caputo
2. Todd Stevens
3. James Foster
4. Jeremy Landt
5. Chris Farkas
Race Notes: All weekend Luke Caputo has set the pace in the Senior National category but in the 23-lap final James Foster and Todd Stevens appeared to find extra speed to pressure Landt. Despite their best efforts, they weren’t able to snare the win away from Caputo.
1. Clinton Marcon
2. James Greenwood
3. Brendan Nelson
4. Kip Foster
5. Trent Rogers
Race Notes: All weekend Clubman Heavy has been a battler between James Greenwood, Clinton Marcon and Brendan Nelson. The 23-lap final was no different, although they were joined at the front by reigning National Champion Kip Foster. The leading quartet raced nose-to-tail for the duration of the race, which featured some amazing passes, in the end it was the local driver of Marcon who took the win.
Above: Bundaberg's Clinton Marcon leads James Greenwood, Brendan Nelson and Kip Foster during the Clubman Heavy final
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Junior National Heavy
1. Brock Plumb
2. James Allen
3. Zachary Phillips
4. Joshua Smith
5. Ryan Kennedy
Race Notes: In an unusual sight for the Junior National Heavy category, Brock Plumb was able to open a slender gap during the opening few laps in his Arrow kart. He then drove off into the distance to claim his second championship of the event. James Allen had a good battle with KTEQ Rentals-backed driver Nicholas Rowe before they were joined by Zachary Phillips and Josh Smith in the late stages. Unfortunately for Rowe a touch resulted in a dropped chain on the last lap handing second place to Allen.
1. Pierce Lehane
2. Cian Fothergill
3. Ben Stewart
4. Nathan Davis
5. John Grother
Race Notes: CRG driver Pierce Lehane left the field in his wake with a dominant victory in the Leopard Light category. Reigning National Champion Cian Fothergill finished second ahead of KTEQ Rentals Kosmic driver Ben Stewart.
Clubman Over 40s
1. Denis Butler
2. Shane Leahy
3. Paul Baxter
4. Glen Stallbaum
5. Steve Muscat
Race Notes: Local driver Denis Butler has been the pacesetter all weekend in the Clubman Over 40s category but he was joined by Shane Leahy, Paul Baxter and Peter O’Neill in a four way battle for the lead in the 23-lap. Unfortunately for O’Neill, his race ended in the bark chips when his left rear wheel came adrift mid race. After a number of lead changes it was Butler fended off the challenges to claim a popular victory.
1. William Yarwood
2. Brendan Nelson
3. Ben McKinlay
4. Daniel Stein
5. Josh Krahenbring
Race Notes: An opening lap fracas eliminated Kris Walton leaving William Yarwood and Brendan Nelson to battle for the front running. Nelson made a big move for the lead with eight laps remaining but despite his best efforts was unable to relieve the Exprit driver of the race lead. Yarwood went on to claim his 41st State Championship.
Above: William Yarwood racked up State Championship number 41 in Gladstone
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1. Joseph Mawson
2. Ben Stewart
3. Lydon Dodge
4. Cian Fothergill
5. Nathan Davis
Race Notes: Kosmic driver Ben Stewart led the early running in the final of Clubman Light, only to have local Cian Fothergill move his way into the lead on lap four. The top five of Fothergill, Joseph Mawson, Stewart, Nathan Davis and Lydon Dodge were nose-to-tail for much of the duration of the race. When Mawson and Fothergill touched in turn two late in the race it allowed Stewart to move into the lead and dropped Fothergill well behind the leading bunch. While the others diced behind him it allowed Mawson to open a race-winning lead.
1. Brock Plumb
2. Lachlan McHugh
3. Nicholas Rowe
4. Thomas Randle
5. Josh Smith
Race Notes: FA Kart driver Thomas Randle shadowed the Arrow kart of Brock Plumb throughout the duration of the 23-lap final in the Junior Clubman category. Despite the best efforts of the drivers behind him, the Arrow driver defended his position in the lead on the final lap with vigor and held on for his third win of the day.