Drivers brace themselves for the start of a race at the Cooloola Coast Kart Club’s Cooloola Junior Gold meet at the weekend.
Drivers brace themselves for the start of a race at the Cooloola Coast Kart Club’s Cooloola Junior Gold meet at the weekend. Contributed

Kart racers hit home track hard

GYMPIE competitors showed what a home track advantage could do at the Cooloola Coast Kart Club’s inaugural Cooloola Junior Gold meet.

Held over the long weekend, organisers were dubbing the competition an “outstanding success”.

Cooloola Coast Kart Club President Dale Coomber couldn’t contain his excitement.

“It was a great meeting and one of the less stressful we’ve had, that’s for sure,” he said.

“We’re already trying to turn up the heat for next year.”

Coomber paid tribute to the spirit shown by competitors.

“One team camped in their pit shelter,” he said.

“When the temperature dropped to three degrees on Sunday morning, I’m sure that wouldn’t have been pleasant, but they were still smiling.”

Gympie competitors were among those to finish on the podium.
 

Results from the big weekend:

Junior National Light (17 competitors)

1. Scott Hynes. 2. Chris Burley. 3. Lachlan McHugh. 4. Jack Wood. 5. Brady McHugh. 8. Ryan Kennedy (1st C Grader).

Midgets (14 competitors)

1. Harrison Oddie. 2. Ryan Suhle. 3. Quintin Slabbert. 4. Nicholas James. 5. Dakoda Daniels. 6. Natasha Herne. (1st C Grader).

Junior National Heavy (13 competitors)

1. Mitchell Gee. 2. Benjamin Harm. 3. Ethan O’Farrell. 4. Jeremy Landt. 5. Blake Worboys. 9. Liam Astley. (1st C Grader).

Formula Junior Max (JMA) – 4 competitors

1. Jai Olsen 2. Jack Wood 3. Sam Taylor 4. Ryan Sponseller

Rookies – 14 competitors

1. Jordi Marcon 2. Cody Cidoni 3. Russell Whittaker 4. Dylan Overland 5. Thomas Steele 6. Jack McKay (1st C Grader)

Junior Clubman (JC) – 3 competitors

1. Sam Taylor 2. Trent Rudzinski 3. Benjamin Harm

Junior Pro (JPro) – 7 competitors

1. Jordan Conder 2. Blake Worboys 3. Christopher Sharples 4. Jeremy Landt 5. Joel Miller 6. Mitch Condon (1st C Grader)

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