|by Timothy Weier||5 April 2017|
The 2017 Queensland Superkart series kicked off at Lakeside Park Raceway over the weekend. Trying something new for 2017 at Lakeside, the 250s and the 125s were split up over the two days.
The 250s were up first on Saturday and although entries were a bit light with only three 250 Nationals on the day, that didn’t stop them putting on a show for the crowd.
Above: Warmup lap for the Superkarts at Lakeside
Dan Lewis in his Yamaha powered Anderson took pole and then held off Tim Weier and Gareth Crisp to claim the first two races. Tim would get the jump in Race 3 before succumbing to a mechanical problem when coolant poured out of his GAS GAS powered Anderson. Gareth Crisp let his GAS GAS powered ADE off the leash turning a 53.9 second (record is 53.8 by Dan Lewis) lap to claim victory in the final race.
With good numbers in all classes on Sunday there was sure to be plenty of action where ever you looked.
Qualifying got under way and it was Lindsay Jamieson who stuck his Stockman MR2 on pole from Sam McFerran and Jon Bothamely in third.
Above: The 125cc Superkarts in the gridding area - Lindsay Jamieson (32), Samuel McFerran (13), Jonathan Bothamley (6), Phillip Silcock (12)
Peter Nuske lead the Rotax Light field while Nicholas Marshall showed the Rotax Heavies the fast line around the track and Cameron Moxley lead the 85s.
Sam McFerran picked up the pace in race 1 to lead home comfortably from Jon Bothamely and Phil Silcock in the 125cc National Class but pole sitter, Lindsay struck engine issues and DNF’d. Peter Nuske showed why he was the 2016 series champion turning some impressive lap times and keeping the 125cc Nationals honest. Nicholas Marshall took the win for Rotax Heavy and Cameron Moxely won the 85’s.
Race 2 had a short delay while they cleaned up an oil spill from the previous race. This would prove a deciding factor in this race when Sam had a spin at Carousel after running over the oil dry while dicing for the lead. Sam recovered to 2nd but Jon took the win with Phil in third.
Race 3 followed much the same script as race 1, Sam jumping to an early lead and was never headed. Jon bought it home in 2nd while Phil rounded out the podium, narrowly beating the hard charging Peter Nuske.
Nicholas Marshall again took out the Rotax Heavy completing a clean sweep, in the 85’s, while new comer Keith Taylor stole the win from Cameron Moxley and Scott Jameison.
Above: The round 1 trophies
The series moves next to Queensland Raceway on the 20th and 21st of May for round 2 - be sure to come and check out the action.
If you want to get involved in the action, jump on the club website http://www.qldsuperkart.org/ and check out the classifieds or for any KA drivers wanting to come and try long track, get in touch, you won’t regret it.