from Russell Innes, Ipswich Kart Club
Ipswich Kart Club certainly had a fantastic racing season in 2022 with huge participation numbers and continued to entrench itself as the premier club championship in Australian karting.
2023 is shaping up to be an even bigger season at Ipswich Kart Club, with an 8 Round Club Championship, the 2023 Queensland State Cup and of course an AKC Round back at Ipswich.
The 2023 Club Championship will get underway with Round 1 on Saturday the 4th of February with the famous Unofficial World Cadet Titles. Close to 180 entries have already been received for this race meeting and Cadet 12 and KA3 Junior Light have already reached the maximum of 40 entries. It is highly likely that close to 300 entries will ultimately be received for this race meeting.
This Round will also be Round 1 of the Pineapple Cup for Gearbox and KA2 Junior, a 3 Round Series in the 1st half of the year at Ipswich which will provide plenty of opportunity for KZ2 and KA2 competitors to race club days at Ipswich leading up to the AKC Round in July.
Round 2 of the IKC Club Championships will be on Saturday March 4th and the Queensland 4SS competitor base will be out in force for the IKC 4SS Titles. This Round will feature qualifying for all classes and will be a 2 Heat and a Final format, with a different track configuration in use for this Round. The IKC 4SS Titles will be Round 1 of the 4 Round Super Series and Club Championship for the 4SS Senior classes.
Round 3 on Saturday April 1st will be the KA100 Titles for KA3 Senior (Championship weight) KA3 Junior Light and KA3 Junior Heavy. The 2nd Round of the Pineapple Cup for Gearbox and KA2 Junior will also be part of this Round.
The Queensland Open Performance Titles will be contested at Round 4 on Saturday 29th April. Queensland Open Performance Light and Queensland Open Performance Heavy will have qualifying and all classes will have 3 Heats and a Final. The 2nd Round of the 4SS Super Series will also be contested at this club round.
Round 5, contested over 2 days on Saturday 10th of June and Sunday 11th of June will serve as the AKC Shakedown meeting and being the weekend following the AKC Round at Newcastle will offer a fantastic opportunity for all southern state based competitors to travel north after Newcastle and race the next weekend at Ipswich. All classes will have qualifying and 3 Heats and a Final. This will also be the 3rd and Final Round of the Pineapple Cup for Gearbox and KA2 Junior.
The Australian Kart Championship of course returns to Ipswich in 2023 and will be on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of July.
Saturday 5th of August will be Round 6 of the IKC Championship and will be the TAG Restricted Titles. This will be another Round where all classes will qualify and will be a 2 Heats and a Final format. This Round will also be using another different track configuration.
Saturday 2nd of September will be the date for IKC Round 7 for the TAG Titles. TAG Light and TAG Heavy will have qualifying and all classes will contest 3 Heats and a Final. Round 3 of the 4SS Super Series will also be contested at this Round.
30th of September and 1st of October, Ipswich Kart Club will be hosting the Queensland State Cup, which will include KZ2 and KA2 Junior as State Cup classes.
The Club Championship season will finish with Round 8 on the 28th of October with the Capri Cup on the famous Reverse Track K configuration and this will also be the 4th and Final Round of the 4SS Super Series.