Sean Butcher takes to the raceway.
Sean Butcher takes to the raceway.

Karters hit overdrive

IT was a case of every thousandth of a second counting at the Sandy Creek Raceway, located just outside of Warwick, during qualifying at the Queensland Sprint Kart Championships yesterday.

Queensland pair James Macken (Gold Coast) and Tyler Greenbury (Toowoomba) were separated by a mere 0.001 seconds at the top of the timesheets during qualifying in the 125cc Rotax Light category.

Highlighting the competitiveness in the category, the next three of Ashley Quiddington (Ballarat, Vic), Bradley Jenner (Melbourne, Vic) and Michael Robson (Sydney, NSW) set times within 0.03 seconds of each other around the 993m circuit.

“It’s extremely close. You can’t actually get any closer than Tyler and myself at the top of the timesheets,” said Macken.

“We’ve had a bit of a rivalry going for a while now, so it’s good. To get one up on him, even if it is only in qualifying, is a good feeling.

“I knew I had some good speed to be able to get up near the front but to snare pole position was a bit of a surprise. The competition in Rotax Light is very tough and I’m really looking forward to some great racing across the weekend.

“The Warwick Kart Club has done a fantastic job getting the track to where it is and the recent extensions to the layout have been a great addition.”

Forest Lake teen Brock Plumb secured a pair of pole positions during today’s qualifying action. In his first major event aboard an Australian-made Arrow kart.

Plumb set the fastest time in Junior Clubman ahead of Mitchell Gee (Sunshine Coast, Qld) and Mawson.

Plumb backed this performance up in Junior National Heavy when he outpaced national champion Anton de Pasquale (Melbourne, Vic) and James Golding (Warragul, Vic).

Fujitsu Cool Scholarship driver Joseph Mawson (Hinchenbrook, NSW) snared pole position in the fastest junior category – Junior Max.

The Sydneysider was the only driver to break the 44-second bracket in the category with a time of 43.977 seconds.

Toowoomba driver Sean Butcher qualified fastest in the Senior National Light division ahead of Darren Harris and Chris Farkas.

Garry Humphries, Department of Communities regional manager for the south-west region, and Rugby League legend Shane Webcke officially opened the proceedings at the championships.

Webcke, who was born in nearby Toowoomba and currently resides in Leyburn, was in awe of the championships.

“It is a real credit to the club and all of the volunteers who have put this event together,” said Webcke.

“As a local, you don’t even have to be a fan of motorsport to be a fan of this event and the flow-on effect it is having for the local region.”

Webcke was also amazed by the sophistication in the karts and the speed at which they race.

“They really motor around here. It’s an amazing sight. ,” said Webcke.

Heat races started yesterday and will continue throughout today, with the championship finals to be contested on Sunday.

Sandy Creek Raceway is on Sandy Creek Rd, just outside of Warwick. Admission is free for spectators.

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