MacMaster to honour Rogers
THE Two Track Challenge takes on a whole new meaning this year with the event raced annually by the Rockhampton and Gladstone Karting Clubs providing a tribute to karter Norton Rogers who died in a road accident recently.
The 2011 Norton Rogers Memorial Rockhampton & Gladstone Two Track Challenge will be raced at Gladstone, Norton Rogers home track, on Saturday and then the action moves to Fitzroy Park Raceway on the Sunday for the conclusion of the meeting.
Mark Jamieson of Rockhampton's Formula K Karting Club said organisers were expecting big fields as Gladstone is hosting the Closed State Titles later this year.
He also thinks karters will travel to the event as it is the only race meeting in Queensland over Easter weekend.
“I would expect the Rookies (11 years to 13 years) field to be very strong along with the Senior Clubman and the Leopard classes,” Jamieson said.
This year the event has gained sponsorship from Inspirations.
During this week the club has placed a kart on display at Inspirations (Paint Barn) north side store so customers can gain a clearer picture of the kind of machine these guys will be racing in.
One of the karters hoping to have a change in fortune is Clubman Heavy competitor Ashley MacMaster.
The 22-year-old said he had been racing karts for just over a year and is enjoying the experience.
Many get into the sport via friends, but for MacMaster the encouragement was a little closer to home.
He said it was his dad who bought karts for him and his little sister Olivia and that was all the encouragement he needed to start, and then continue, racing.
MacMaster said he took part in the Supercheap Auto series event last week and is looking for improvement.
“I was a bit ordinary,” he admitted.
“I had engine dramas in one of the heats and that set me back.”
MacMaster is yet to see the nominations for his division but expects Matt Hibble to be the one to beat if he decides to put his name forward for the Clubman Heavy class.
The fast improving local karter is not too concerned about racing on the Gladstone circuit as he has competed on it three or four times before.
“Gladstone (track) is a bit different, I like it even though results have been average,” he recalled, “but I intend to improve this weekend.”
Being in his early 20s MacMaster is young enough to dream about his future in motor sport.
“I want to try and get the best results I possibly can and see where that takes me,” he said.