Mark and Joel Jamieson with Sirio Bertucci, who as parts manager for Ian Weigh Motors, backs the two karters.
Mark and Joel Jamieson with Sirio Bertucci, who as parts manager for Ian Weigh Motors, backs the two karters. Allan Reinikka

Dad joins son on kart track

MARK Jamieson saw his son Joel doing so well at karting he just had to have a go himself.

“I always wanted to do motor racing but never had the money or the time,” Mark said.

That was until Joel reached the age of seven, the minimum age requirement for competing.

“I said if he's still racing after six months I'm going to buy myself one,” Mark.

Joel began racing last Christmas and true to his word dad went out and bought himself a kart four months ago and now the pair are loving it.

Not that they have the opportunity to race against one another as Mark is in the Clubman Heavy category and Joel, a year 3 student at Heights College, races in Midgets.

While not in the same race, the pair will be among over 100 competitors at the Fitzroy Park Raceway for the two-day annual Reef and Beef meeting.

Despite having just four months track experience, Mark rates his chances of doing reasonably well.

“I'm not doing too bad for a newcomer,” he said.

“I'd like to finish in the top five but that might be a bit ambitious and so a top-10 finish would be nice.”

Mark admits Joel will be nearer the tail end of the pack when he races in his division as he is the youngest in the Midget category with other competitors in his race up to 11 years of age.

Nevertheless young Joel is picking up the basics quickly and is having a ball in the process.

“He's going all right,” Mark said.

“He was fourth at the last club day.”

Mark admits his wife Tammy has a few nervous moments when the youngster is racing.

“She's a bundle of nerves,” Mark admitted.

“She doesn't really care when I go out though.”

Tammy has also been behind the wheel and done a few laps and so there may be three karts in the family garage one day.

Publicity officer for Rockhampton Formula K Kart Club Kevin Doherty said the weekend will be testing for karters.

“There will be three heats and a final on both days with the scores totalled,” he said.

Also on Saturday the karts will go around the track in an anti-clockwise direction before reverting to the normal clockwise on Sunday, and that will require pit crews resetting the karts' gearing.



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