One last kart ride for Kel Treseder
THE 23-year karting career of Kel Treseder will officially come to an end this weekend when he competes in the final round of the Australian Karting championships in Melbourne.
On Wednesday night, on the Australian Karting site, the Bundaberg racer announced this year will be his last in kart racing.
Speaking to the NewsMail, Treseder said the time was right to hang up his karting helmet.
"I've been racing at the elite level for 12 years and I feel I don't have to prove anything anymore in the sport," he said.
"I'll still compete in one-off events, but it is time to move on to other opportunities."
Treseder retires with 23 Queensland state championships and four national titles over his twelve years of full time kart racing.
He also represented Australia three times at the Las Vegas Supernationals event in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
The focus now is on racing in other forms of motorsport.
"It's a high possibility I'll continue racing of some sort," he said.
"My plans for 2016 will be revealed next week."
For now the immediate attention is on Melbourne and his final event.
Treseder is currently ninth in the KZ2 class in the championship, and is battling with fellow Bundaberg karter Troy Loeskow, for a top 10 finish at the end of the year.
He has no real aims for the weekend though and just wants to end his career on a high.
"I'll sit with my mechanic, V8 Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin, and focus on doing well at the event," he said.
"We'll just enjoy the weekend though for what it is."
Treseder added the influence of McLaughlin, who has now raced in 103 V8 Supercar races, has been great for his qualifying performances.
"With his success in qualifying in the V8 Supercars, he's helped me a lot with slipstream, and getting my kart to the top of the timesheets."
When asked for his favourite memory, Treseder said it was the 2003 state titles held here in Bundaberg, when he won his first title in clubman heavy.
"That weekend was special for me and it allowed me to think I have a future racing in this sport."
Treseder also added he wouldn't have made it this far without the support of his family, his wife, and his long time sponsors Ray and Keryn Fulcher.