Steven Scoble Hangs Up The HelmetTweet
Long time WA-based karter Steven Scoble last week announced his retirement from karting competition.
The 26-year-old informed KartSportNews that the decision had been looming in his head for some time and that he was at a time in his life where he needed to focus on other things.
"I haven't been able to be in the kart every week for the last 18 months" he said. "If I'm racing, I like to do it on the east coast, and that time has gone. I raced in the east nearly every second or third weekend for four years and the whole ride has been amazing."
He wrote on Facebook after the WA Championship that "today I raced my last kart race after racing for 17 years.
"This sport has been fantastic to me. I have been lucky enough to achieve a lot and meet fantastic people and life long friends along the way.
"I want to say thankyou to everyone who has helped me along the journey - there are so many of you! The two people I need to say the biggest thanks to are my dad and mum. Withour them it would never have happened."
Scoble said he will still be at the track and involved in the sport. "For sure. I enjoy helping the younger kids and seeing them improve, so I will still be around."
While initially calling a total end to driving, Scobes says the helmet hasn't been hung up for good as he's actually exploring other things to race.
"But the chance of a one-off kart race? Hmmm, I don't know... certainly not any time soon. If there was a race, (maybe) Matt Wall's enduro at Todd Road because that's a really cool event."
Some of Scobles achievements over the years include four State Championships, on the podium at the AKA Nationals three times, 14 x state title podiums and qualifying to race at the Rotax Grand Final in 2010. He's also taken out a Premier State Cup (NSW) and All Stars title (Vic) when racing on the east coast.
"And to all you junior drivers out there - follow your dreams, work hard enough, it will happen."