Martin in return to kart roots
THE Supercheap Auto series are always hotly contested but when there is a racing ace like John Martin in the field the action is certain to be even more intense.
The former Blackwater ace has been taking a break with family in the Capricorn area and could not resist the temptation to nominate for the event.
There is a big difference in racing at Fitzroy Park Raceway and Brands Hatch, while going back into karts after competing in the Superleague Formula series is also a drastic change in category.
Martin is recognised as one of the top racers sitting immediately below the Formula One group but on the verge of making it to the next level of the sport.
Having raced in Europe, Martin returns to his roots on the karting scene and is certain to be one of the flyers during this two-day event.
Formula BK Karting Club publicity officer Kevin Doherty said it’s been a few years since Martin raced at the Rockhampton circuit but he is expected to be the man to beat in the Club Pro division.
The Supercheap series has five rounds of competition with the opening round at Rockhampton and then further racing at Ipswich, Bundaberg and Toowoomba before the final round of the series in Gladstone.
In the Supercheap Auto series racing is in six regular divisions of Midget, Rookie, Junior National Pro, Club Pro, Leopard Light and Leopard Heavy with an optional division named by the host club which this weekend is the TAG 100.
Martin is not the only big name attending the Rockhampton round of the series as state champion, James Greenwood is also one of the nominations for the Leopard Light division.
There will also be a lot of local entries ready to mix it with the visiting karters in a field of about 90 karts.
Matt Hibble has been racing well at local meetings but will need to be at his best as he has nominated for the Clubman Pro category.
Ashley McMaster will be there or thereabouts while popular racer Matt Dicinoski will be flying the flag in the Leopard Heavy class where he will race against close friend and former Smartcity Vocational team mate Scott Dagan.
Dicinoski promises to not only be fast but also eye-catching as the kart has new colours and spectacular designs on the bodywork to promote the team’s major sponsors which now include Occupational Skills Centre Australia and Webbers Retravision.
Fellow team member Mark “Chooky” Edwards is also set to challenge for a top finishing spot in his division.
It is not just about the guys on the track with Mark Jamieson taking his foot off the accelerator to work behind the scenes as an organiser for the duration of the series.
He will be alongside administrators from three of the areas where rounds of the series will be raced.
Racing begins today at 8am with the qualifying sessions to ascertain grid positions. Then there will be three 15km races (two on Sunday) to find the winners of the round.
Racing on Sunday will begin at 9am.