Combined Districts Karting Club

April 30 Race Report

Juniors battle for the thrilling 50 lapper at Combined Districts Kart Club

The Round 3 Championship at Combined Districts Kart Club was a testament to the never give up attitude of the karting community. With cold, wet and icy conditions, 95 karters and their respective family and friends braved the extreme weather on Saturday. For many karters young and old, thrills and spills were a plenty, as this was their first experience driving in the wet. And that was just practice!

Weather conditions eased slightly overnight, and we woke to see the rain clouds part for Race Day. “Despite a pretty horrible weather forecast, I was really pleased to see 126 Karters race on the day,” explains Russell Becker, CDKC Club President.

The Race Day feature was the Junior 50 Lapper. Following a full day of racing, 32 eager karters were ready and up for the challenge. The grid line-up saw Junior Light at the front with Junior Heavy drivers at the rear, and a reverse order where the fastest drivers were placed at the rear of each division.

As the field made their way through the tram tracks, the excitement and anticipation was palpable (and that was just the parents!). The lights go out and the battle is on!

Fuelled by pure adrenalin and 2-stroke, the start resembled a 6-lane highway in China, as the drivers pushed and shoved their way into position going into Turn 1. Thankfully, all survived the rumble and lap 1 of 50.

With all karts on slick tyres, the variable conditions throughout the race tested each driver’s skill and ability to the limit. By lap 20, both the rain and temperature began to fall, and in some sections the track was more like a slip’n’slide with marbles on it. As drivers tried their best to stay on the icy track, one-by-one they began to fall and by the end there were only 17 drivers remaining.

It was a nail-biting race to watch, as the track tested each karter’s determination and endurance as they raced to the checkered flag. Honourable mentions go to race winner Kurtis Jackson. Starting at the back of the pack, he skilfully climbed his way through the field to take victory for the day. Congratulations also go to place getters, Joshua Benaud and Riley Skinner. Each class was given a handicap based on lap records at the track, Junior Heavy given a 20 second start over Junior Light (0.4 seconds per lap).

In the end, the real winners on the day were the karting community. Rain or shine, a great day was had by all. As Russell explains, “Our club continues to deliver quality race meetings and appreciate the support of all entrants.”


 Race Results


  1. Vasili Baralos
  2. Hudson Petta
  3. Jacob Harris


  1. Joel McGrath
  2. Denilson Silva
  3. Zac Brown

Junior Light

  1. Tommy Rizk
  2. Askr Sendall
  3. Travis Campbell

 Junior Light C&D

  1. James Ford
  2. Leo Salerno
  3. Bowie Wanda

Junior Heavy

  1. Kurtis Jackson
  2. Joshua Benaud
  3. Josh Hunter

Junior Heavy C&D

  1. Nate Hughes
  2. Callum Donnelly
  3. Christian Ayrouth

 TAG R Light/Heavy and SP Light

  1. Joshua Shipley
  2. Jye Wagstaff
  3. Marcus Jackson

TAG R Heavy

  1. Nick Becker
  2. Chris Nobbs
  3. Mitch Lozina

Thank you to Liza Taylor