HISTORY CREATED AT THE NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TOWNSVILLE History was made at the 47th National Sprint Kart Championships sponsored by Yamaha in Townsville over the weekend. Victorian Matthew Wall etched his name into history at Sun...
HISTORY CREATED AT THE NATIONAL KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TOWNSVILLE
History was made at the 47th National Sprint Kart Championships sponsored by Yamaha in Townsville over the weekend.
Victorian Matthew Wall etched his name into history at Sun City Raceway by becoming the first driver to secure a National Championship in every major category in the sport with victory in the highly competitive Clubman Heavy class.
In a field that included no less than 10 current or former National Champions, Wall led for the majority of the final before being passed by Sydney driver Jason Hryniuk with a lap and half remaining.
Wall used all of his experience to guide his Australian-made Arrow kart past Hryniuk on the final turn and go on to claim his seventh National Championship.
"This Clubman Championship is the one that I have been chasing for my entire karting career, it means so much to me to be able to win it here this weekend," said an emotional Wall on the podium.
"I've won a lot of Championships in my career but this one will go down as the most special of them all. There were times when I didn't think that I'd ever get it done but now if I decide to retire I can do it knowing that I've achieved everything that I ever could."
Mackay's Justin Garioch took advantage of the last corner melee to narrowly snare second place ahead of 2008 Champion Shayne Piper, Hryniuk and Townsville's Brad Belcher.
Belcher went three better in the Leopard Heavy category but he was unable to topple Bundaberg's Kel Treseder from the top spot.
Treseder, who struggled with mechanical gremlins early in the weekend, drove a calculated race in the 16-lap final to claim his fourth National Championship ahead of Belcher and Newcastle's Simon Roberts.
Ryan Fulcher made it two wins for the Bundaberg drivers when he halted Scott Simpson's run of victories in the Clubman Super Heavy category. Simpson, who had won the previous three National Championships, was forced to settle for third behind Fulcher and second-placed finisher Lee Foster from Western Australia.
Chris Hays took a dominating win in the prestigious Junior Clubman category. The Vodafone-backed driver crossed the line ahead of Canberra's Warren White Jnr and Ipswich driver Ben Jurczak.
It was a shame that a great Senior National Heavy final will not be remembered for that reason -- as controversy reigned in the second final of the day.
The first pair across the line at the chequered flag were Townsville's Marshall Watson and Sydney's Corey Lean. But an off-track excursion by the two on the final lap saw the result thrown into question even before the chequered flag was even unraveled.
Another local in Hayden Stephensen edged Nathan Sinclair by half a kart length cross the line in third place. The first two placegetters are under appeal and the results in this category remains provisional, meaning that the two Townsville drivers have a few sleepless nights ahead waiting on final ruling from race stewards.