Territory Teens Shine on National Stage!
Picture: Keelan Edwards leads the charge for top 10 in class KA3 Senior.
Four Darwin go-karters recently travelled to Bolivar, Adelaide to compete in round three of the Australian Karting Championship. The short, tight, twisty track made for a jammed packed weekend of close, exciting racing. 15 year-old Palmerston Christian School student, Aleeanz Voltz competed in his maiden championship round in the competitive Restricted 100cc KA4 Junior class finishing the final 26th from 35 starters. Experienced championship competitor, 17 year-old Mackillop Catholic College student, Keelan Edwards overcame early difficulties in qualifying and the heats; making up 11 places over the course of the weekend to finish an impressive 10th for his final in a high quality, 55 strong field of Unrestricted 100cc KA3 Senior Class. Recent graduate from the junior classes, 14 year-old Darwin Middle School student, Tyson Mattiazzo also stepped up to take on the adults in KA3 Senior. However, an incident forced Mattiazzo to retire his kart in qualifying. Despite this set back he impressed in the heats to qualify for the final making his way to 20th before another unlucky incident saw him lose places and finish 27th. Veteran Darwin Karter and club vice-president, Chris Gatt, accompanied the teenagers competing in the high horsepower 125cc X30 class. Gatt had trouble in the heats but matched the pace of some of Australia’s best drivers to finish 25th out of 37 drivers in the final. Karting is considered the first step on the Motorsport ladder with many of Australia’s best drivers, including Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo and home town Super Car driver Bryce Fullwood both formerly competing at the club and national levels. Darwin Karting Association will be holding round 5 of their Club Championship at Hidden Valley on Saturday 22 May with racing starting from 3pm and running throughout the evening.
Darwin Karting Association will be holding round 6 of their Club Championship at Hidden Valley on Sunday 6 June 2021, with racing starting from 9am and running throughout the day.
Entry is free with food and drink available for purchase. Go-karting is a family orientated sport for all ages with boys and girls from seven years of age all the way up to masters able to practice and compete. New members, spectators and officials are always welcome and encouraged to attend. Further information can be found at www.dka.org.au
Picture: Tyson Mattiazzo catches the camera in class KA3 Senior.