Landt claims state karting title
JEREMY Landt thought all hope was lost when the chain flew off his kart in the second heat of the Queensland State Open Titles.
The kart became uncontrollable, swerving and weaving until he hit the barrier.
“Gutted is the only way I could describe the feeling,” he said.
“I was sitting there thinking, ‘how on earth am I going to come back there from this?'”.
In a remarkable comeback Landt, 15, claimed the Queensland State Title in the Junior Heavy category despite his failure to finish the heat relegating him to last.
“Things weren't looking good for me but I was hoping if I could post a good time I'd be in with half a chance,” he said.
Landt blitzed the track in the final heat, setting a new track record of 42.18 and crawling his way from 14th position to third.
“Everything just came together and I knew it was going to be a pretty smart time,” he said.
“It was an absolute scorcher.”
A collision between the two race leaders on a notorious hairpin bend of the Mackay Go-Kart track paved the way for Landt's title win.
The Shalom College student was able to avoid the accident and take the inside track to claim victory.
“The fact I'd won a title really didn't sink in at first,” he said.
“It wasn't until the event was over that I really started to realise that I'd won it.”
Landt's ascent to the top tier of the podium turned plenty of heads at the titles held in Mackay, and he beat a field of 24 competitors from across Australia in the open event.
“There were some pretty quick racers there so to win is a pretty good feeling,” he said.
He plans to increase track time at the Bundaberg Kart Club raceway in an effort to hold on to the title next year.
“This has been a big boost to me and the title is something I'd like to keep for a while,” he said.
“I'll be out there with my kart practising and racing, you can count on that.”
Landt has been racing for the past six years and hopes to swap his go-kart for a V8 Supercar in coming years.
“I love go-karts but I think I like V8s better,” he said.
“The power and speed and the adrenalin you'd get is all pretty appealing.”