Loeskow hits top gear to test Europe
THE James Courtney Trophy has some famous Australian motorsport names such as Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup etched on it.
And after the final round of the CIK Stars Of Karting series it has a potential future star's name as well.
Troy Loeskow won the KF2 class after five rounds, thousands of kilometres and dozens of flights after finishing the 2013 championship runner-up.
Along with the trophies and the acclaim from his peers, the win has given Loeskow a great opportunity.
In February next year he will race for Team Australia against Europe's best in the recently released Ricciardo Kart, owned by Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Loeskow will pilot the new chassis in the Winter Cup at the freezing South Garda in Lonato, Italy, and said the trip would be fantastic.
"I think racing overseas will be a big highlight and even winning the championship some of the names on the CIK trophy were pretty impressive," Loeskow said.
"If I go well there I could be recruited and asked to race in one of those teams," he said.
"(It's) tough because it's win it or bin it."
From the minute Loeskow rolled his kart on to the Todd Rd circuit at the weekend he was on the pace and will have to be on his game against some top drivers in Italy.
He will take the knowledge that he can drive fast against good opposition.
This year he won two state titles in the KZ2 class, New South Wales and Victoria.
In the lead-up to the trip to Italy Loeskow will drive a KZ2 kart on the Gold Coast and he will learn plenty from the experience, because driving against Bundaberg's Kel Treseder and Mason Barbera will have him ready for Europe's best.
Treseder and Barbera had mixed results in the last round of the CIK series.
Treseder was quick over the weekend and finished second to championship winner Joey Hanssen in Saturday's final and Sunday's pre-final and was fourth for the round.
Barbera was fast but had mechanical problems and was 18th.