Competition thrills spectators 

Stronger fields in many of the classes provided great entertainment at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club July meet.

The first race of the day was the Rookies and Cadets classes; drivers bettered their times and kept the same race results in all four heats and the final. In the Rookies class Robert Schilling in Kart 5 first place and in the Cadet class Bailey Cooper first place in Kart 7 and Chelsea Essai second place in Kart 13.

The Junior Performance class excited spectators and fellow drivers with skilled driving and consistent close racing in the four heats and the final. The racing was so close with drivers working hard to keep the driving lines on corners, trying not to lose a split second anywhere on the track. In heat 4 no clutch meant two drivers were left sitting on the fence. First place win was Jack Loftus in Kart 8, second place Christopher Cooper in Kart 94 and third place went to James Otton in Kart 32.

The Clubman Light class always provides great spectator entertainment; there was some very close racing between the first two place getters. Clifton Young first place winner driving Kart 38, Kelly Simpson second place in Kart 24 and third place went to Samantha Simpson in Kart 25. The Junior National Heavy class was a great event to watch with the largest field of competitors. There were some great duels between drivers with a variety of results in the four heats that kept spectators’ interest throughout the final.

First place winner Coire Donnelly in Kart 61, second place Jack Loftus in Kart 8 and third place went to Christopher Cooper in Kart 94. Coire Donnelly was consistent and skilled; on his first visit to the Sapphire Coast Kart club he gave the local lads a big shake-up.

The Clubman @155kg was a fun class to watch with Ian Crawford a very consistent first in all four heats and the final. Ian’s return to the Sapphire Kart club prompted some very close racing, in particular between Ian Crawford and Trevor Simpson, past rivals on the bitumen. First in this class Ian Crawford driving Kart number 5, second Terry McConkey in Kart 11 and third place went to Colin Tresize in Kart 26.

The last class of the day Tag Restricted Light did not disappoint with great racing. Lance Ogier first place winner in Kart 9, Daniel Smith second in Kart 75 and third place went to Scott Cooper in Kart 94. It was Scott Cooper’s first race. He was on P plates and attained a place win. Daniel Smith had travelled from Wollongong to compete successfully on the day at the Sapphire Coast Kart Club.

A special mention to Jay’s Brush Fencing who supplied all trophies for the day’s racing.

The next meet is scheduled for Sunday August 5, racing starts at 10am and continues until the early afternoon.

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