Kel takes on the fast lane
BUNDABERG'S gun go-kart driver Kel Treseder has a new toy to play with – it’s bigger, faster, louder and rated by Formula One legend Michael Schumacher as the most physically demanding motor vehicle to drive.
The 125cc Shifter will make a return to the CIK Australian Go-Kart series in March, bringing Australia up to speed with a vehicle the rest of the world has become familiar with.
“We used to race them here but it stopped for about five years,” Treseder said.
“They decided to re-introduce it to bring us back to the world standards.”
The Shifter has 15 horsepower more than the standard 125cc and has front brakes and a gear box, making for a faster, more challenging ride.
Thirty-five new machines have already been imported to the country since October, which should mean a full grid when race day comes around.
“We are really pumping up this series. It’s what we all look forward to each year and I think it’s attracted some international interest as well,” he said.
Drivers from the United States, England and New Zealand have said they are keen to take part but it’s got nothing to do with the money, according to Treseder.
“There’s not enough cash in it — it’s all about the love of the sport, that’s why we’re here,” he said.
Before he starts thinking too hard about the first meeting in the series in Newcastle on March 5, Treseder and 12-year-old Mason Barbera will head to the Oakleigh Go-Kart Racing Club for the Victorian Open.
“We have a great base of junior riders and we’re basically just getting Mason to tag along and see how he goes,” Treseder said.
“It’s really too soon to tell if he has the makings of a great driver but we’ll just see what happens.”