Nathan Derboben races in the Rookies class on Saturday’s C and D Grade Titles.
Nathan Derboben races in the Rookies class on Saturday’s C and D Grade Titles. Allan Reinikka

Karters turn up the heat

AS the sun pumped down on the drivers, it didn’t compare to the heat between the competitors on the track at the Queensland C and D Grade Titles at Fitzroy Park on Saturday.

There was a swag of Rockhampton locals competing in the events against the highly competitive racers from across Queensland.

Senior National Heavy winner Andrew Rankin from Rockhampton took his opponents by surprise when he claimed the win.

Formula K Kart Club’s Kevin Doherty said Troy Wilkinson had won the two heats before the finals and it looked as though he would have a clean-sweep victory in the event, but Rankin pushed through.

“Andrew came in third in one of the heats; he was up the front in the heats, but not right up there,” Doherty said.

In the Midget event, Rockhampton’s Brock Allan swept in at first place with another local, Lewis Herwin, picking up third.

“Brock had a good weekend with pretty close racing,” he said.

Rockhampton’s Jason Sherwell also came first in the Restricted 125 Heavy event.

“He hit a pretty close race with Ian Montgomery from Gympie in second and Luke Turner in third from Ipswich,” Doherty said.

Alistair Ingram claimed the Junior National Heavy event. Ingram is based in Mackay but races with the Rockhampton club.

“He won every race in the Junior National Heavy, but had a close call in the pre-final,” he said.

“Ashley James gave Alistair a run in the pre-final, but in the rest of the races Alistair was miles ahead.”

Mark Jefferson came second and Darren Usher came third in the Clubmen Heavy event behind Gold Coast’s Clinton Hancey.

Hancey downgraded his license from B to C so he was able to race at the meeting.

“He has raced in big titles and Mark and Darren weren’t far off, so there is no shame in them getting beaten,” Doherty said.

In the Senior National Light event Rockhampton’s Rebecca Christiansen came in third and it was only her fourth meeting.

Jarrod Fehlhaber took his opposition by surprise when he claimed first in the Sportmen Over 40 event against Buddy Hearn who had the race up until the seventh lap.

Kevin Doherty said Hearn must have “got tired” and finished up in second place behind Fehlaber.

The Queensland C and D Grade Titles on the weekend were the last big competition for the racers.

But on December 12 the Formula K Kart Club will have its Christmas Classic that will have novelty races included.



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