KART RACING: Kerry Petersen will be aiming to win a title this weekend. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
KART RACING: Kerry Petersen will be aiming to win a title this weekend. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Father and son set to battle for title

TWO championships are on the line this weekend as the final round of the 2015 season will be held at the Bundaberg Kart Club on Sunday.

Doubling up as the Jordan Page Memorial the event will see nine categories take part in racing.

Currently 40 entries have nominated with the club hopeful of getting up to 50 by the time the event starts.

Those still interested can still nominate with entries not closing until Sunday at 8am.

President of the club Richard Litzow says he would have preferred more.

"It's the wrong end of the year for us as everyone is away, or getting close to holidays," he said.

"With a reported heatwave as well many people may have opted not to compete."

Despite the lack of ideal numbers the club is excited about the weekend ahead.

"It should be a fun meeting as championships are decided," he said.

"We have drivers competing from Gladstone, Rockhampton, and Ipswich so the quality will be good."

This meet is focused on short racing with the aim of getting through the categories in one day.

There will be three six lap heats to determine the grid for the final and main races late on Sunday.

Those two races, over eight and 10 laps respectively, will decide the winner in each of the categories.

With two championships on the line, consistency will be the key.

In Sportsman Heavy there is nothing between the top two drivers.

After Tristian Sticklen won the last round in August, both he and Liam Jensen are level on 26 points heading into this weekend.

It will be a winner-takes-all showdown with the highest-place finisher taking the crown.

In Sportsman Light it will be a battle between father and son, as the Petersen family contest the title.

Kerry Petersen leads by five points over his father Stanley, who has competed in two less events over the year.

With pressure on both drivers it could be an interesting weekend for both of them.

Litzow says it is great to see championships decided on the final weekend of racing.

"It promises to be exciting," he said.

"I'm looking forward to the Sportsman Heavy the most with both drivers level in the title race."

The weekend will also see the Jordan Page shield awarded to whoever sets the fastest race lap in the junior national light.

It will be fourth year of the event after Page was killed in a car crash in 2011.

The favourite to take out the crown will be Blake Wagner who leads the championship.

Liztow says Page loved to race karts in Bundaberg.

"It's the clubs way of keeping his memory alive by awarding a shield in his honour," he said.

Entry for the event is free and begins at 9am Sunday.



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