Challengers come from everywhere as Ryan Beaumont leads the way through a bend during the Beef and Reef meeting at the weekend.
Challengers come from everywhere as Ryan Beaumont leads the way through a bend during the Beef and Reef meeting at the weekend.

Queen of karts

FIRES may have raged around Capricornia, but at Fitzroy Park Raceway it was Elle Brydon who was running hot.

Racing in the Leopard Heavy category, the star karter was at her best to repel the challenge of Matthew Dicinoski at the Beef to Reef annual two-day meeting.

While the Rockhampton duo did well they will be looking over their shoulders in future weeks as Alex “Axel” Jones cruised into third position despite only recently returning to the sport.

Unfortunately the bushfire dramas being enacted throughout the region resulted in a smaller number of nominations than anticipated.

In many cases those missing the event were earthmoving contractors who were using their machinery to prevent the spread of blazes.

Nevertheless the meeting still attracted karters from Brisbane, Townsville, Bundaberg, Emerald and even Mackay, where that club was holding its own club meeting.

Publicity officer for the Formula K Kart club, Kevin Doherty, said in the circumstances having 78 karters at the event was pretty good.

Although numbers were lighter than expected, Doherty said the quality of racing was a high as ever.

“There was great racing throughout the fields,” he said.

Conditions over the two days varied with karters racing in the heat on Saturday and then battling strong wind in Sunday's racing.

“Strong head winds play a big part when racing with a 100cc motor,” Doherty explained.

Doherty had a special reason for being happy with the way the meeting went as his children, Brooke and Michael excelled in their divisions.

Brooke took out the Senior National Light section while Michael had some enthralling battles in the Clubman Heavy.

Kevin said the challenges were coming from all over the track in that division with Craig Butler of Gladstone, Matt Hibble and Mark Jamieson all close on Michael's tail.

“At one stage the karts were three wide coming around canteen corner,” Kevin Doherty said.

Racing was not so tight in the Leopard Light section as Scott Dagan took on the field and won with ease.

Not all local drivers could record a victory, but nevertheless did manage to catch the eye with good displays that showed they are on the improve.

Alister Ingram was one big improver, claiming a third position in the Junior National Heavy division, while Clinton Lewis was also on his game when placed in the junior National Lights and Michael Baker was another to take a podium place

There are two meetings next month with a C and D (licence) race titles event scheduled.



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