Budding racer sets new PBs at kart meeting
KARTING: Nine-year-old Riley Newing competed in his second Warwick Karting Club meeting at Sandy Creek Raceway at the weekend.
He set some personal best lap times in the cadet 9 class and is set to go up to cadet 12 next year.
Riley is a member of the Warwick Karting Club.
"I like racing and my favourite part of the track is the long straight,” he said.
Riley and his father Mal hail from Spring Creek, north of Allora, and were at the Sandy Creek Raceway early Saturday for practice before their second karting meeting.
While he has only competed in two meetings, Riley has been practising at Sandy Creek Raceway and Willowbank since the start of the year.
He competed at the September meeting, missed the Junior Top Guns round and then lined up again at the weekend.
Since Riley has started racing, his father has also joined in driving in the tag-restricted medium class.
"I am just driving for a bit of fun,” Mal said.
"I am too old to be doing it seriously.”
The racing day on Sunday was round seven of the club championships and attracted 51 drivers.
The points in most classes are close and championship winners are still to be determined.
The winners in two of the classes are clear cut.
Warwick driver Dave Dyson is set to win the restricted heavy class and Nic Lane is certain to win tag light 125.
Warwick Karting Club president Peter Lane said the meeting was pretty laid back and casual for the last round of the championships.
"More than half the drivers were juniors, which is good for the club,” he said.
"I am hoping all the juniors return next year.”
The final event for the year is the Christmas meeting on December 9, which will be a social race day.
The meeting will have no bearing on the club championship winners who will be honoured at the Warwick Karting Club Christmas Party at Clippers Bar and Grill that night.
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