Locals have no clear advantage on home track

A STRONG field of more than 60 karters from across North Queensland converged on the Whitsunday Raceway for the final instalment of the Triple Crown Series on Sunday.

The highly anticipated annual event is run jointly by the Whitsunday Moto Sports Club (WMSC), Townsville and Mackay karting clubs with each club hosting one round of the series.

Drivers across all classes hit the tarmac track in Mackay on Saturday, before backing it up at the Whitsunday Raceway on Sunday.

WMSC president Adam Stroud said the two events set the scene for a great weekend of competitive racing.

"The faster open performance karts were hitting speeds of 140km per hour but the track condition itself was a bit slower than normal so lap times were a little bit down on previous meetings," he said.

"It really comes down to the amount of grip the karts have on the day."

Current Queensland karting champion Bevan Garioch was on form in the sportsman heavy division but he was no match for Stroud, who claimed a well-deserved first place after posting solid times in all heats.

WMSC members Dale McDonnell and Leo Rodriguez were hot on the heels of Mackay's Brett Cruickshanks in the open performance heavy class and both men performed well to take out second and third place respectively.

Youngster Jake Downs also showed promise on track while competing against Townsville's Luke Grasso in the junior clubman.

Stroud said most drivers had competed at the Whitsunday Raceway previously, giving no local competitors a clear on-track advantage.

The club's committee members will now be working around the clock in preparation of hosting the Shakedown Great Barrier Reef Titles on June 7-8.

The event is expected to attract more than 200 of the regions finest who are hoping to score as much track time as possible before the QLD State Titles in July.



1st - Raith Sheerans

2nd - Devon De Froberville

3rd - Jaysen Poltorasky


1st - Riley Le Garde

2nd - Max Deguara

3rd - Dylan Le Garde

Junior clubman

1st Luke Grasso

2nd - Jake Downs

Junior national light

1st - Declan Fraser

2nd - Jarva Sheerans

3rd - Cohen Ogilvie

Open performance light 160kg

1st - Mitchell Naylor

2nd - Joshua Smith

Open performance heavy

1st - Brett Cruickshanks

2nd - Dale McDonnell

3rd - Leo Rodriguez

Sportsman heavy

1st - Adam Stroud

2nd - Bevan Garioch

3rd - Steve Muscat

Yamaha 100 TAG

1st - Matthew Dell

2nd - George Poltorasky

3rd - Ricky Eisel

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