|from Jason Fewins||16 February 2017|
Mount Gambier Kart Club 2017 championship season as swung into gear with Round 1 being held at the Glenburnie Raceway Circuit last Sunday. Fantastic weather greeted competitors as they arrived trackside, along with interstate drivers making the journey across the border to support the local club.
Amongst the drivers suiting up for the day were two young drivers preparing to compete for the first time. Some time in the drivers seats over the summer break meant both Xavier Cain and Hayley Fewins were both well prepared to begin their racing careers. Both youngsters, 7 years of age, are set to compete in the Cadet 9 class, learning and honing their race craft and kart control. Alongside the two new hopefuls was last years Cadet 9 Runner up Charlie Evans. Evans took control of the meeting from the first race and never looked back as he cruised to 4 straight race wins . Young Fewins had a great first meeting following Evans over the line to take three second placing and a third while Cain pushed hard to conclude with three thirds and a second after a brilliant effort during the final.
Above: Jack Ryan (9) leads Damien Ferguson (6) and Kelvin Moreland (37) into turn 2 of the TaG 125s as trouble breaks out behind
Cadet 12 again was hotly contested with Parker Scott proving to be the driver to beat amongst the competitors. Scott clean swept his competition with four race wins, while Brocklan Parker, Kain Wilson and Brock Fewins were amongst the placing throughout the day. Parker finishing with three second placings and a fourth, after kart contact during the final. Wilson rounded out the day with a fourth three thirds and a second, while Fewins concluded the days racing with two thirds and two fourths. With all point accumulated Scott was a clear winner, with Portland duo Parker finishing second, and Wilson rounding out the podium for third.
KA4 Juniors Light provided some of the closest racing for the day with four local drivers all sharing the top three placings over the heat races. It was a great start to the year for youngster Troy Moreland, who after having two year break from the sport began his club championship in great form taking three wins from four races. The clubs 2016 “Driver OF the Year” recipient, Bronson Boult settled into the Junior ranks after stepping up a class from Cadet 12. Boult took the win in heat one, and drove consistently for the day finishing with three more second placings. Mason Stockwell and Tyson White were left to battle it out on the track for the minor placings, with both putting in brilliant drives throughout the day. Stockwell snared third placing at the end of the day with enough points accumulated thanks to a brilliant second placing in heat one, two thirds and a fourth place during the final. White saved his best for last as he greeted the chequered flag for a well-deserved third place after the 10 lap final.
KA4 Junior Heavy was a two driver battle all day with Lauren Ferguson and Keean Ferguson going head to head. Some track testing over summer paid dividends for Keean who found some extra speed from last year and went on to take wins in each of the heat races and first overall for the day. It was not all smooth sailing for Keean though, as Lauren Ferguson pushed him hard, and at times lead him in track position but was unable to capitalise on her good performance.
Portland club member Kobey Sheedy also made the journey over to compete, and was the standout competitor in the KA3 Light class from the moment he hit the track. Putting in the fastest lap time during practice, no one else in the class was able to get close to the young driving ace. Fresh out of Juniors and into the Senior rankings, he showed a dominant driving performance right throughout the day. Sheedy was able to earn himself maximum points, by easily winning all four of his races, including the final, greeting the chequered flag with not a single competitor in sight behind him.
TAG125 Light again came down to two local drivers, competing for the top step of the podium. Jack Ryan was quick from the start of the day and secured heat wins in all four races driving faultlessly, while Damien Ferguson applied pressure trying to force Ryan into a mistake. Despite his efforts to try and unsettle Ryan, Ferguson had to settle for second place, but still a great start to his 2017 driving campaign.
Tag125 Heavy was hotly contested during 2016 and the fierce competition between the drivers continued into this year. Kelvin Moreland managed to find some more speed as the day drew to a close by taking wins in the last three races, Shane Pitman was the pace setter earlier in the day and managed to chalk up his first heat win of the new season. Matthew Moreland was positioning himself to take advantage if the front two drivers found trouble, and despite registering a DNF in a heat race, he still secured enough combined points to round out the podium placings.
Tag125 Restricted Heavy drivers Andrew Harvey, Thomas Nunn and Kevin Harvey were all keen to get back into the drivers seat after the summer break between seasons. Andrew Harvey, fresh off some recent interstate success set the pace early and left his father Kevin, and Nunn to battle it out for the minor placings. Andrew won the first three opening heats but a determined drive by Nunn, during the final saw the Portland local get the better of the heat races winner crossing the line in first place rounding out a great days racing. Andrew Harvey then had to hold off his dad for family bragging rights as the two finished the final race of the day in second and third respectively.
Above: Troy Moreland (#45) leads Mason Stockwell on his way to one of three heat wins in KA4 Junior last Sunday at Glenburnie Raceway
Glenburnie Raceway will again come alive this weekend with plenty of karting action on display. The Annual Vintage Kart meeting has now become a must do event for Historic kart owners. The local event is now in its fifth successive year providing drivers and spectators a chance to experience a “Blast form the Past” as karts from as old as 50 years of age have been known to attend and showcase their passions. With drivers putting on demonstration drives over the two day event it is all set to begin this Friday and continuing on through to Saturday afternoon. With record entry driver numbers expected, and free entry for spectators to the event it is sure to be a great days spectacle as the local club hosts the highly anticipated event and it continues to grow in stature.
Local members of the community are encouraged to come along and witness some great competitive driving as entrants look towards setting their own personal best lap times with a top 10 style shoot out scheduled to take place Saturday afternoon.