Bundaberg world champion retires
BUNDABERG World Champion karter Kel Treseder has contemplated retirement from the world karting circuit.
After 17 years on the track, five national titles and 20 state championships, the 25-year-old felt he had achieved all he could on the karting circuit.
But the relaunch of the CIK Stars of Karting series helped the Bundaberg speedster change his mind.
“I was getting to the point where I was getting burnt out from racing, but more so racing the same type of racing, spending a week away four or five times per year to race at state and national titles was very tiring and I was thinking about hanging up the helmet,” Treseder said.
“All of this went out the window a couple of months ago when I heard the Pro Gearbox was going to be run in conjunction with the CIK Stars of Karting Series.
“The last time I raced CIK was back in 2000, but haven’t even sat in a gearbox kart before so it is all a new challenge, but one I am really looking forward to.”
The Kel’s Karts and Parts owner bought a new Arrow kart to compete in the Pro Gearbox (KZ2) Championship and has been working to get in shape for the rigorous race.
“I’m working pretty hard to shed a few kilos and get into shape as I’m expecting the racing to be pretty physical,” Treseder said.
“My kart landed in Bundaberg last week and my engines are due to arrive shortly, as soon as I get it all together I will be out to get my head around how to drive the six-speed gearbox monster before the opening round in Newcastle.”
The CIK Stars of Karting series will start in Newcastle on March 5-7 and will incorporate championships for the Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) categories.
Competitors in the Pro Light category will use the 125cc IAME KF specification engine, as used in the 2009 championship that was won by Newcastle driver Hayden McBride.
The Pro Gearbox drivers will take to the track powered by a six-speed 125cc gearbox machine while the Pro Junior drivers will use a 125cc Vortex KF3 specification engine.
The 2010 series will be run over four rounds with the opening round in Newcastle (March 5-7) followed by Ipswich (May 7-9), Sydney’s Eastern Creek (June 18-20) ahead of the finale at Melbourne’s Todd Road circuit on August 6-8.