Driver sets sights on top finish
BRETT Sinkins will be satisfied with a top-five finish in the Rotax heavy class at this weekend’s Queensland Karting Championships which have attracted 392 drivers to Sandy Creek Raceway.
Sinkins hails from Warwick and has been a kart racer for the past decade.
He was second in his class at the Queensland Closed Championships at Sandy Creek last year and knows to win he will have to beat last year’s winner Brendan Nelson, a former Toowoomba driver, who now lives on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast driver Lane Moore is the current New Zealand champion and Newcastle drag racer Simon Meyer the Australian champion, and both will be at
Sandy Creek for qualifying on Friday and racing on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
“I am in one of the most competitive classes,” Sinkins said.
“Dad (Gary) and Cliff Edwards are two of my helpers in the pits.”
Sinkins led last year’s state series going into the last round before a fourth place after some carburettor issues put him back to fourth overall.
“I am racing for position in the final from my first race this weekend, the placings are determined in the final and you want to be at the front of the field at the start.”
He is sponsored by his employers Southern Downs Automotive, Ryanie for Tyres and Albion Street Auto.
Southern Downs Automotive manager Bruce Mondientz said his company was pleased to sponsor his own employee as well as two championship events at the weekend.
“It will be exciting if Brett can have a podium finish,” Mondientz said.
Bruce Bunch, of Albion Street Auto, might race cars in sprint events but said, if you like motor sport, you like every part of it.
“I used to be involved with kart racing and have known the Sinkins family for a long time so I’m happy to help.”