Local hopes dashed
THE first round of the Super Cheap Auto Karting series was expected to give Matt Dicinoski a jump on the field for the five legs of the event, but it all went wrong for the Rockhampton karter as he limped home seventh overall.
The Fitzroy Park Raceway was the venue for the two-day event but of the anticipated 90-100 karts, only 63 were nominated.
The famous John Martin was one of the no-shows but despite these disappointments Formula K Kart Club publicity officer Kevin Doherty was pleased with the quality of racing.
Not that racing was without incident – two visitors from the south returned home with painful reminders, a broken shoulder and a broken hand.
With racing in seven categories it was hoped Rockhampton karters would be prominent on the winner's dais. It was not to be with just two local racers enjoying a top-three finish.
Joel Jamieson came close to getting a top-three finish in the Midgets when he came home in fourth spot but it was a section dominated by two visitors, Harrison Hoey and Joseph Black.
It was a similar story in the Rookie class where Mackay's Jordan McGregor had a good battle with Joshua Rogers, younger brother of the late Norton Rogers, and Jack Bussey, son of Super Sedan ace Chris Bussey, who like Rogers races out of Gladstone.
Best placed local was Brock Owen of Emerald.
A sixth place for Clinton Lewis and ninth for Aiden Newton were the best placegetters for local club members in the Pro Junior Nationals 130kg.
There was only one competitor in the Leopard Light division. Oliver Etter was given a start at the front of the Leopard Heavy field but was slow off the grid. Then as he tried to make his way through traffic he became involved in scrapes with other karts, forcing local hero Mark ‘Chooky' Edwards into a “did not finish”.
Chris Walton and Gladstone's Jason Faint were one and two for the division with Doherty's son Michael taking third ahead of former Smartcity Kart Racing team member Scott Dagan.
Gavin Whitmore was fifth, Travis Martin sixth and Dicinoski, after having all sorts of carburation problems, seventh.
Scott Unwin took third in the TAG 100 while Matt Hibble was fourth in Pro Clubman.