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10/12/05

This just in from the Queensland Superkart Club

Pacific Superkart Challenge

Set to fly again!

The 2005 Pacific Superkart Challenge is set to take off this weekend, with 21 Superkarts coming from as far away as Victoria to fight for Australia's richest Superkart prize on Sunday December 11.

The Pacific Challenge is a trophy that dates back over ten years and has been run at now defunct Lakeside Raceway prior to moving to its present home at Queensland Raceway.

One of the fastest competitors in the class has been former New Zealand racer Steve Murray. Now based in Queensland, his RS250 Honda powered Stockman MR2, supported by Gas Action Services, Northern Rivers Capital Amusements and Pennzoil Oil, has been quickly joined in the battles amongst the top Queensland racers, which in Carlo Chermaz and Steve Cloake, include two of the top four ranked Superkarters in the country.

"We've had some good close exciting racing," said Murray. "It's nice not to have a runaway winner each round."

"I'll be pretty hard pressed to beat Carlo Chermaz, and it'll be good to see Bob Roberts in his new 250 International class Superkart. A top finish is always good but Carlo is a rapid driver."

Another star on the rise is fourteen-year-old Sprintkart racer Bodine Antrobus. One of the fastest karters in the country, Antrobus team has recently purchased an 80cc Honda powered Gladiator.

Last month the reigning Queensland Junior National Heavy Sprintkart champion made his debut in the Gladiator, finishing a close second in class to former national 80cc champion Chryss Jamieson.

"I've been quite enjoying it," said Antrobus. "The main thing I'm having trouble with is the clutch starts, not having had a clutch before."

Antrobus has been club champion in three different clubs and won races from Bundaberg to Coffs Harbour, racing against the best in the country, with an amazing finishing record of 19 podium finishes from 20 starts this season.

The family based team have, with the support of their sponsors Ausbuild, Kennedy's Project Group P/L, Multi-Hire, Cooline Air Conditioning, Compass Electrical, SEQ Scaffolding and Caltex have been looking at Superkarts to broaden Antrobus' horizons towards a circuit racing career.

There will be five classes of Superkarts racing this weekend, led by the 250 km/h 250cc International class (twin cylinders), 250 National (single cylinder), 125cc, 80cc and the clutchless 125cc Rotax class.

Competition across the field is expected to be fierce at Queensland Raceway, particularly the four circuit format which will be in use over the day, helping to balance the various merits of the classes. Racing starts early at 6:00am with an early afternoon finish ahead of the post meeting party.

For more information on Queensland Superkart Racing, contact:
Mark Jones: 0412 678 237
and refer to the club website:
http://www.qldsuperkart.org/


Queensland Superkart Club Race Report

19th & 20th June at Queensland Raceway

Sunny Queensland was not apparent at this meeting as it was extremely cold with a southerly wind to boot. 

Our numbers were down due in some cases to the mishaps of the previous meeting. That said there were still a number of nonstarters, which unfortunately left us with only 15 runners all up. The only reasonable excuse I heard from any of the non starters was that John Hedges developed a hernia supposedly lifting Matts 250 on and off the trailer that rendered him unfit after an op to fix the problem. It seems as though QR has rattled some runners, must be the bumps or something. 

250 Internationals (twins) saw Carlo Chermaz and Steve Cloak doing battle at the front again with Carlo taking the points for the weekend. Mark Maczek was a consistent third all weekend. Something about him being somewhat busy with a few other classes as well. Tyrone Gautier and Lee Swindle (RAGS RACING) were racked with problems all weekend. 

250 Nationals (Singles) saw Steve Talbot and Mark Stockwell doing the honours with Mark taking out the points for the weekend with a fine drive in the last event. 

125 Gearbox had only three competitors with Bob Roberts taking the point for the weekend. Barry Kunowski and Geoff Nothdurft took 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

80 Gearbox had four players and young Russell Jamieson showed the way by taking out the points for the weekend. Jason Smith, Tim Philp and Drene Jamieson, who now can see over the steering wheel, filled the other places. 

Overall it was a reasonable weekend of racing apart for the numbers being down. Maybe next time we race at QR there will be more starters. 

It was good to see that those competing were negotiating the bumps with confidence. Again a big thankyou to all the support crews however, we still need many more. 

Keep On the black stuff. 

Bob Roberts

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Queensland Superkart Club Race Report

May 15 & 16 at Queensland Raceway

27/05/04

This just in from Bob Roberts 

Back on the big track was a refreshing change except for the bumps of course. Weather was fine all weekend however the spectator area was extremely sparse to say the least, maybe next time.

As we found we and the other categories were the support act for the televised Tattersals  Classic and the race program was manoeuvred around the filming stages. That didn’t create much ado but the computer malfunction left us stagnating for some 3 to 4 hours. I keep telling them to get Macs. Once the computers were back on line the pace certainly quickened and took most by surprise what with the short turnaround between classes. But it was creditable to all for maintaining the pace.

The old adage of everything happens in threes certainly came to the fore. Mark Stockwell started it off. Kissing the wall on the back straight Saturday causing him to sit it out for the weekend. Then Phil Silcock come adrift on the main straight, after the dreaded bumps and had a coming together with the wall resulting in a trip to the hospital for observation and check up on his ribs. The good news was that he was released later that day and went home. Then Reg Underhill had a coming together with the wall at the end of the back straight. His head made contact with the wall and he was taken to hospital. Nothing heard at going to press regarding his condition but from the damage to his kart I would suggest that he might also have some rib problems as well.  In all there was considerable kart damage requiring much straightening out in all cases, however, I think Phil’s kart may need considerable more. To all involved we convey a speedy recovery and look forward to your return to racing.

On the racing front overall we stole the day with some fine racing in ALL categories. For those that attended Carlo was the talk of the day and rightly so as he and Steve cloak put on some fine racing that caught the attention of the promoters and commentary staff in a big way. Well done to all.

250’ Internationals was very exciting with Lee Swindle (RAGS RACING) showing us what he can do with a properly prepared kart. Carlo and Steve, what can we say except well done. Matt Heysen had clutch problems all weekend but managed to get fired up and produce some good racing.

250 Nationals ended up a two-horse event after the demise of Mark Stockwell but Dan Alexander and Steve Talbot put on an excellent show. Dan showing us his expertise and experience once the cobwebs were removed.

125 gearbox was a three-horse event after Bob Roberts put holes in his reed petals at practice on Friday. All three seemed to have problems with their machines throughout the weekend. What with Geoff Nothdurft and John Hedges anticipating doing an automotive electricians course at TAFE soon. Barry Kunowski earned a first and found out what it was like to start of from the pole position. The last race for the weekend saw very close racing as all were firing well.

80 gearbox turned out to be a battle of the young guns. Tim Philps and Russell Jamieson put on a good showing. Jason Smith had a few mechanical problems to start off with but once sorted did well. Drene Jamieson is still coming to grips with his return to racing and for his first intro to QR finally settled down and produced a creditable 3rd finish.

Rotax 125 was in force with three additional Mexicans from south of the border in the form of Steve Pitman, Rick Bostock and Nathan Austin trying out the big circuit racing. In fact I am positive that we will see much more of them in the future as they were really stoked up. Not only that, two of them also cleaned up the class. One of them, Steve Pitman, also cleaned up the class in his sedan racer as well, a busy weekend for him. Neville and Duncan Crisp had their last run in this class and will front up at the next meeting in 250 Nationals, be warned. 

Overall the weekend was a very successful one for superkarts in general and will go along way in convincing people that we are still a force to be reckoned with. Mention must also go to those who support us the pit crews. Even though they were short in numbers they were there all the time. 

Keep On the black stuff. 

Bob Roberts (Big Bad Bob)

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Queensland Pacific Superkart Challenge

November 27th & 28th at Queensland Raceway

Courtesy of the QLD Superkart Club Website

Calling ALL SuperKarters,

It's back on again...now with PRIZE MONEY !

The Pacific SuperKart Challenge at Queensland Raceway.

This year we have created an online race pre entry on the Queensland web site. This is to help us understand entry numbers and organise additional track time if required.

Entries for Pacific Superkart Challenge on November 27/28, will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Remember you will still have to complete your full CAMS entry through the Queesland MG Car Club.

Apart from securing a start at The PSC meeting, pre-entry will make things much easier for both you and the officials. Pre-entry will ensure that you are sent the full entry form and Suplementary Regulations by the promoter (expected 4 week before race date). Your race entry form will be pre-printed and ready for your signature at scrutineering, saving everyone time and allowing the race meeting to get going quicker. Pre-entry is required to be scored in the PSC.

At this stage, it is expected that the all-classes combined Superkarts will have one practice/qualifying session and four races in the shared race meeting run by the Queesland MG Car Club. Based on pre-entry number we will negotiate for additional track time.

Be sure to get your pre-entry in.

More Details ?

This race meeting will be promoted and organised by the Queesland MG Car Club. 
The four regular heats and one pratice session will be allocated to superkarts, this will form the basis for the PSC.

Entries will open for next Monday  29th April and will close two weeks before the event Saturday 27th November 2004.

Conditions of entry will be a minimum of four events completed in 2004 in your own club's calendar.
 
1) Entry fee $220 (based on 2003 MG November meeting).
2) Competitors may pre-enter over the net
3) 1 practice sessions & 4 races on the day ( this could change). Friday is available for practice ($75 1/2 day, $100 day)
4) Prize money will be offered for positions 1,2,3 in each class together with the overall PSC champion.
5) Final prize money allocation will be determined 4 week prior to the event. Regular updates from club secretary leading up to the event.
6) Tropies will be awarded for positions 1,2,3 in each class, and the perpetual PSC Champion.
7) This meeting will be a round of the QLD club championship & incorporating the Pacific Superkart Challenge.
Saturday Night will feature festivities at the Sundowner Motel, including a Calcutta auction for drivers, and raffles. 
A three course meal will be put on by our hosts.
As this is close the Xmas period please book early - Sundowner Motel - 07 3202 4622 - www.sundownermotorinns.com.au

The pre-entry is required to ensure a place, get yours in early.

 Who do I contact for more information ?

Contact:: Club Secretary - Geoff Northdurft - team5zeroracing@internode.on.net



If you would like to get onto the mailing list for this event and know first hand as to what is occurring please drop your e-mail address to me
team5zeroracing@internode.on.net

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Queensland State Superkart Championships

Morgan Park circuit

Queensland                24 – 25 May 2003

The latest in from Geoff Nothdurft from the Queensland Superkart Club

03/04/03 

Hi all,

Well our club has just completed our first meeting at Morgan Park raceway, and have all come away giving the track 10 out of 10.

With 12 corners, a chicane, and a rise of 12 mtr on the track makes for some interesting driving. Brian Stockman came away with a 1.01.96 narrowly missing the lap record set by Derrick Pringle in his Formula Holden with a 1.01.93.

So guys make sure you pack your low gears c au se you will need them.

The other concern we found out was accommodation during the event. You cannot lob into town and expect to find a bed for the night, I would advise anyone coming up for the weekend to book as soon as possible with 10 Motels in town and 200 race cars arriving, well, I am sure you can do the math.

Our club will be holding a BBQ at the Centre Point Mid City Motor Inn located at 32 Albion St on the Saturday night, we would like all you superkarters from down south to attend, nothing fancy just some steak, snags, and salad for a nominal fee around the pool with a few drinks, good friends and friendly conversation. We of course require numbers for catering purposes so when you e-mail Ashley or Bob your intention to attend, would you be so kind as to let them know if you would like to accept some good old Qld hospitality, we would like to see you all there.

Accommodation List.  

Centre Point Mid City Motor Inn  07 4661 3488

Comfort Inn Warwick  07 4661 1699  57 Victoria St

Country Rose Motel   07 4661 7700

Golden Harvest Motel 07 4661 1810

McNevins Gunyah Motel 07 4661 5588

City View Motel 07 4661 5000

Alexander Motel   07 4661 3888

Comfort Inn Warwick (there are two) 07 4661 1533  17 Albion St

Jackie Howe Motel  07 4661 2111

Buckaroo Motor Inn  07 4661 3755

Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel  07 4661 0600

All accommodation in town is within 5 to 10 min drive to the track. You are able, if you wish, to camp at the track however, the cue of a morning to the one shower does get a bit long.

There are also Caravan Parks that can be booked but I do not have contact details for them, if anyone is interested please let us know and we will get the details for you.

Do not reply to this e-mail address as I will be going off line this Friday 04th April and will not be back on for some two months, all e-mails should be addressed to;

Ashley Zahal at.  tzr@bigpond.com or: Bob Roberts at.  tankvet@bigpond.com.au

 Regards

 Geoff and Ann

Team 5ZERO Racing

Committee Member

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Hi Guys,  

Qld Superkart Club is holding The Qld Superkart State Championship on the 24 – 25 May 2003 at the new Morgan Park Racing Circuit located just outside the town of Warwick , 130 k west of Brisbane .

The event will be run over two days in conjunction with other categories of racecars such as, Gemini, Formula V, HQ Holden’s, Super 1300, Improved production, and Sports Sedans.

Preliminary talks have indicated that at this stage we will run two categories of Karts,

Category 1: 100cc Non-Gear Box,

                  80cc Gear Box, and

                  125cc Max.

Category 2: 125cc Gear Box,

                  250cc Nationals, and

                  250cc Internationals.  

The track will be available for private practice on Friday 23 May 2003 for those racers interested.  

The proposed format is as follows:  

Saturday AM: One 15min practice session for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                     One 15min practice session for 125cc gearbox, 250cc National, and 250cc International classes combined.

 Saturday Noon : One 15min practice / qualify session for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                        One 15min practice / qualify session for 125cc gearbox, 250cc National, and 250cc International classes combined.

 Saturday PM: Heat 1 of 4 being a 6 or 8 lap race for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                     Heat 1 of 4 being a 6 or 8 lap race for 125cc gearbox, 250cc National, and 250cc International classes combined.

 Sunday AM: One 10min practice session for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                   One 10min practice session for 125cc gearbox, 250cc National, and 250cc International classes combined.

 Followed by: Heats 2 and 3 of 4 being 6 or 8 lap races for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                   Heats 2 and 3 of 4 being 6 or 8 lap races for 125cc gearbox, 250 National, and 250cc International classes combined. 

                    Heat 4 of 4 being an 8 or 10-lap race for 100cc non-gearbox, 80cc gearbox, and 125cc Max classes combined.

                   Heat 4 of 4 being an 8 or 10 lap race for 125cc gearbox, 250 National, and 250cc International classes combined.                                                                                                

                   

The above format is a proposal only, however has received verbal agreement at this date.

 An indication from interstate competitors who would like to nominate for this Championship Race would be appreciated, and is required by our committee by the 11th April 2003 .

 Those personnel can e-mail the following;

Ashley Zahl: tzr11@bigpond.com

Bob Roberts: tankvet@bigpond.com.au  

This will allow our club to keep you updated and informed as changes occur.

Please be assured that all will be done to make your race weekend an enjoyable one, remember this weekend is also a combined racing weekend with six other categories of race machine.

The Qld Superkart Club have run the above format with race cars for the past year and can only say it is a most memorable and professionally run weekend, everything is supplied for you, from the pit marshals to flag personnel. The atmosphere competing  with 150 other race machines pitted and racing at the same venue has to be experienced, all we have to do is to turn up and race; the promoters handle every aspect of the race for us, so come up and enjoy this fabulous Qld sunshine and hospitality.

Regards,   

Geoff Nothdurft

Qld Superkart Club Inc.committee member

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