TRESEDER AIMING TO BREAK DOWN THE WALL After winning four National Championships and numerous State Championships Bundaberg kart racer Kel Treseder entered the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series because he wanted a new challenge in the sport he...
TRESEDER AIMING TO BREAK DOWN THE WALL
After winning four National Championships and numerous State Championships Bundaberg kart racer Kel Treseder entered the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series because he wanted a new challenge in the sport he loves.
But after an extraordinary performance during the opening round in Newcastle last month the 25 year-old has raised the bar for what he wants to achieve this year -- he's got his sights set on the Pro Gearbox (KZ2) title.
Despite not having driven a six-speed gearbox kart prior to the start of the series, Treseder rapidly came to grips with the extra horsepower provided by the 125cc KZ2-specification engine before crossing the line in second place, just behind Victorian Matthew Wall.
"The six-speed gearbox kart is unbelievable to drive, it has got more power and a very different concept to any other kart that I have ever driven," said Treseder.
"The CIK Stars of Karting Series is certainly a real highlight for Australian karting and I can see it helping move karting forward as it has provided us with an elite level of the sport once again.
"I was a little bit surprised by my results in the opening round as I'd done very little testing leading into the event but it has certainly given me a boost in confidence and I can't wait to get to round two at Ipswich."
Treseder has taken advantage of the eight-week break between the opening two rounds to spend time behind the wheel of his European-made CRG kart in an effort to take over the championship lead from Wall.
"At the first round we were very much running 'by the seat of our pants' as we came to grips with the Maxter engine on our CRG kart, so it has been good to have a decent break which has allowed us to test in between rounds," said Treseder.
"We've also purchased a new IAME engine, actually the first one in Australia, and have been focusing on comparing it to our current Maxter engine to see how it goes.
"Wall and his team-mate Chris Hays are the obvious ones to beat. Wall because of his experience in all sorts of karting and Hays because he was fast in his Gearbox debut and Ipswich is his home track.
"I'll be entering the round with the aim of qualifying inside the top five and then slowly creep up the order and look to be inside the top three by the end of the weekend to keep the championship points ticking over."
Treseder will be in action for round two of the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series at the Ipswich circuit on May 7-9. Entering this round Wall is on 77 points, nine clear of Treseder in second place with Gold Coast's Chris Hays in third -- a mere one point further back.
The CIK Stars of Karting Series incorporates three Pro categories - Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) categories. Competitors in the Pro Light category will use the 125cc IAME KF specification engine, as used in the 2009 championship that was won by Newcastle driver Hayden McBride. The Pro Gearbox drivers will take to the track powered by a six-speed 125cc gearbox machine while the Pro Junior drivers will use a 125cc Vortex KF3 specification engine.
Running in conjunction with the series will also be a Clubman and Junior National category, where competitors will be vying for the East Coast Title, along with one class chosen by the host club. The winner of the Clubman class across the four rounds will also receive a trip to the All Japan Kart Championships later in the year courtesy of the Yamaha Motor Company.
Approximately 100 drivers are set to take to the Willowbank Kart circuit for the second round of competition across the six categories being contested. In addition to the three Pro categories the up and coming competitors will contest the opening round of the East Coast Title for Clubman and Junior National while local competitors will battle it out in the Formula 100 category for the Queensland F100 Cup.
Practice will be held on Friday May 7 followed by qualifying races on Saturday May 8 and the finals on Sunday May 9. Admission for spectators is free.