AUSSIE Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo started out in kart racing at the age of nine.
In fact that’s where a passion for motorcar driving started for most of the top drivers in the world and there were some budding aces, both local and visiting, slugging it out at the Stony Creek Go Karts’ monthly race day last Sunday.
And you could not have hoped for a better winter’s day for high-standard racing.
Operators of the meeting and owners of the track, Graeme and Callum McCaughan, couldn’t have been more pleased.
“We’ve got great numbers here today and we’ve had some terrific, close racing as well. The weather has been superb,” said Callum last Sunday.
And don’t doubt it; go cart racing can be an extremely well-resourced sport for those with the drive to take it all the way. You can pay as little as $300 for a cart on ebay or as much as $50,000 for a full racing setup including covered racing trailers and cars.
Tight-budget privateers and the flashy teams were all on track at Stony Creek last weekend and it was an exciting day of racing with several locals on the podium at the end of the event.
Here’s a summary of results: 125cc/Open final 1st Josh Hayward 6:57.251 (10 laps), 2nd Dayne Warren (highest speed 74.623km/h, fastest lap 38.594)), 3rd Brett Hayward, 4th Zac Van Delft and 5th Glenn Forsythe.
Cadets: 1st Cadel Ambrose (age 8) 7:15.975, 2nd Cooper Stapleton, 3rd William Warren. Clubman Heavy: 1st Scott Armstrong 7:07.823, 2nd David Musgrave, 3rd Bill Karakolis. Clubman Light: 1st Andrew Turnbull 7:10.613, 2nd Mike Vella, 3rd Daniel Howl. Junior 4-stroke 1st Ethan Warren 7:37.302, 2nd Charlie May, 3rd Chloe Ponton. Practice Open (fastest lap) 1st Glenn Forsyth 72.215km/h, 2nd Jake Wallace 72.103, 3rd Josh Hayward 71.733, 4th Stephen Craig 71.211 and 5th Neil McAuley 71.146.
On track for excitement at Stony Creek Go Karts