Treseder shines in 2011 finale
KARTING: Australian representative Kel Treseder turned it on on his home track to win the Queensland Sportsman Heavy division of the Bundaberg Karting Club's last race meeting of the year.
With 15 starters in the field and Treseder returning to take on front-runners Andrew Pearson, Dale Evans and Clinton Marcon, it was always going to be top racing.
But club president Darren Ey said after Pearson took out the first heat and Treseder coming from the rear only to manage fourth place, it looked like it would be another cake-walk.
But Treseder hit back in the second heat to win from Gavin Whitmore, who had been disqualified from heat one, with Marcon taking third.
"With a reverse grid pre-final we knew we were in for some action with Kel and Andrew starting rear of field, but Kel managed to work through to take out second," Ey said.
"However Andrew got caught up in traffic and limped home in ninth place with a bent axle and broken rim while fresh from juniors, Rylee Walton took out the win.
"In the final, the first seven karts were nose to tail for most of the way which was great to see, but in the end, Kel showed his class to take the win with Clinton not far behind him and Andrew in third."
Ey said the Queensland Sportsman Light also provided some good racing throughout the field.
"Veteran Stan Peterson battled all day with John Meechin for a spot on the podium before grabbing third," he said.
"At the front, Jeremy Landt, in good form after his state title win this year, seemed to have the goods on Troy Loeskow who made the move from juniors, but after some set-up changes, Troy turned the tables on him, going on to take out the pre-final and final."
In Junior National Light, Ey said with a few of the older juniors making the move to seniors, Jordi Marcon had no trouble blitzing the field.
"But Jacob Bright and James Litzow fought it out for the minor placings with both making two to three passes every lap - it was great to watch and with all the moves nice and clean, it was very impressive, with Jacob winning the battle for second," he said.
"Cody Ey was the only Junior National Heavy and while he managed to keep the Lights honest for the first few laps, he was never in the hunt with those extra kilos taking their toll, but he did have some good battles with Jacob Zunker behind the front runners.
"Midgets was a battle in two with Leyton Ey and Jayden Golan fighting it out all day with some very close racing including with Jayden clipping Leyton in the first heat and spinning.
"Jayden went on to win heat two and the pre-final comfortably but Leyton put his head down in the final and while it was nose to tail for the first eight laps he drove away from Jayden in the dying laps to take out the final and the day."
Tayla Pearson wound up third.
In Rookies, Ey said after they had had good numbers all year, it was a shame to finish the year off with only two starters after a few boys made the move to juniors for the last meeting.
Wyatt Davidson claimed the honours, proving too good for Joseph Black, who has just made the move to Rookies after having been one of the top runners in Midgets in Queensland during 2011.