by Russell Innes, Ipswich Kart Club.
The huge numbers for karting events in South East Queensland will continue this weekend, with another 265 entries confirmed for the 4th Round of the Ipswich Kart Club Championships on Saturday.
The Feature classes will be TAG Restricted Light, TAG Restricted Medium and TAG Restricted Masters.
TAG Restricted Light has a massive 34 entries and as he has done all year Brent Reading will be the likely pacesetter, but there may be serious challenges from the likes of Keegan Fraser, Melanya Rudd, Dion Jarvis and Cameron Hargrave. In TAG Restricted Medium, Joshua Herne has been dominant all year and will be the favourite for the Title. Others in contention though will be Adam Wood, Phil Ouzounis, Dene Hollier, Jason Smith, Gav Whitmore and Rudy Farkas. Farkas and Whitmore will be some of the few doubling up in TAG Restricted Masters and are expected to be amongst the leaders again with the likes of
Nick Newman, Michael McLean and Pete Nolloth.
The Final Round of the 2021 Queensland KZ2 and KA2 State Series will also feature on the program and with Australian Champion Troy Loeskow absent, the young guns, Taylah Agius, Oscar Targett, Tristan Griffin, Coby Govini, Lachlan Cowie and Lachlan Hughes will be amongst the front runners.
In KA2, Jack Wells, Slade Orsmond, Alice Buckley, Carter Mobbs, Elliot Cleary and Zane Rinaldi will be battling it our for the podium.
Qualifying for feature classes will start at 7.30am and racing is expected to go through to 8.00pm with most finals being raced under lights.
This Round also sees the return of the popular IKC Clubday Challenge Program which offers Group Winner opportunities in the “development classes” Cadet 9, Cadet 12, KA4 Junior Light, TAG Restricted Light, TAG Restricted Medium and TAG Restricted Masters. So effectively there are “races within a race” for those who may not normally be in contention for podium placings
Ipswich Kart Club will also be holding a special presentation during the day to honour IKC Life Member and karting legend Alf Capri, who passed away recently.
With the relatively free COVID restrictions Queensland currently has in place, all in attendance are asked to comply with current recommendations around social distancing and face masks and check in at the facility using the plentiful QR Code scanners available.