|club press release||16 November 2016|
Twenty-eight Launceston Kart Club members will be competing in this weekend's Tasmanian State Kart Championships at the North Western Kart Club, hoping to become a state champion.
Emilie Williams, Toby Callow and Ollie Richardson are three of the youngest club members vying for a championship win in the Cadet 9 class for kids aged 9-10.
Above: The Launceston club's Emilie Williams (pic - Angryman Photography)
Cadet 12 is one of the strongest classes with 5 mainland drivers coming across to take on the locals. Jake Delphin has been the big improver and could be in with a chance come Sunday's final.
KA4 Junior Light is another class with mainland drivers but will find it hard to beat Westbury’s Tate Frost who has been at the front of the national field all year. Tyson Phegan is another club member who has improved all year and joins Frost in the KA4 Junior Light field.
KA4 Junior Heavy has five Launceston drivers heading to the Highclere track including Kyle Love, Lochie Dalton, Frost, Kiana Toon and Connor Griffin.
The premier junior class of KA3 will see defending State Champion Tate Frost take on his third class of the weekend. The field has a good number of mainlanders, and with in-form locals of Lochie Dalton and Mitchell Kerrison also in the field, it could be a Launceston Kart Club trifecta.
In the senior classes Zane Wyatt leads the local Launceston brigade, doing double duty over the three day championship in KA3 Senior Heavy and TaG 125 Heavy, whilst Alastair Lee takes on KA4 Sportsman and TaG 125 Heavy. Tow classes also for Steven Wrigley (KA3 Senior Heavy and TaG 125 Heavy) and Troy Stone (TaG 125 Light and Heavy).
Young Kurtis Love and Jackson Callow both step up to seniors for their first State Championship with Callow also doing double duty in KA3 Senior Heavy and KA4 Sportsman whilst Love will compete in KA3 Senior Heavy.
Nathan Zuj will start as one of the favourites in TaG 125 Light whilst circuit racing star Adam Garwood competes in his first Kart Championship in both TaG 125 Light and KA4 Sportsman. Dillon Van Galen, who scored a well-deserved 2nd in last year’s TaG 125 Heavy final, will be out to go one better this year.
Veteran LKC karter Johnathan Males takes on a stella field of KA4 Sportsman and will need to be at his best to take home the win.
In TaG Restricted Light the Launceston Kart Club has a host of chances to win the title with Andrew Lee, Brodie Sward, Ryan Jenkins, Abram Manion, Paul McKenzie, Tim Kulhanek and Tim Piper all in line for a podium.
Rounding out the local karters competing at the championships will be Caitlin Fitch in TaG Restricted Heavy and a podium for the Tassie fastest ladies team member is not out of the question.
Qualifying and racing starts Friday with the 26- lap final held Sunday afternoon.
The Launceston Kart Club wishes all their drivers the very best of luck over the weekend.