Nissan Car Club Australia Inc.
Nissan Car Club Australia Inc.
NCCA Go Kart Challenge - Round 2
Last Updated: 30/09/2010


It was a fresh night that greeted the latest batch of drivers at this episode of the NCCA Go Kart Challenge.  11 drivers took up the opportunity to beat Steve Porter last night at Ace Karts in Sunshine.  Our faithful organiser Jan managed to wangle a great deal for those competing and it was obvious from the first lap of qualifying that things were going to be interesting.
 

Leigh “Humphrey” Garrioch and Andrew Bell led the charge from the first lap, with Cary Seabrook following closely behind.  There was a bit of “biffo” going on further back in the field with many drivers experiencing a little “rubbing” and enjoying some trips off into the scenery (it seems you can’t take the rally out of the go-kart driver!).  

At the end of the 15 minute qualifying session Leigh had shown his heels to Andrew, despite Andrew being faster on average time.  Cary followed being hounded by Daniel Williams who was on a return to NCCA based club competition.  Steve Porter had his work cut out for him to get past these four drivers in the races to follow. Our president Ian Curry was next over the line, with son Mikey chasing him over the line.  Scotty soon followed and Aidan O’Halloran led Rowan Woollard across the finish (despite Rowan’s kart trouble and subsequent 7 minute lap).  Gordon Ledwidge was out for a cruise and completed his qualifying session in 11th place.  The female side of things was ably represented by Sally Schultz, who longed for kart number 13 to be heated but still finished with a respectable time. 

Our drivers all fared vey well in qualifying, with all separated by just over 2 seconds!  Leigh was fastest driver for the week and all of our drivers were at the top of the leaderboard for the weekly track times. 

Sally and Gordo succumbed to the cold and strenuous nature of these superkarts and joined the hot chocolate cheer squad in the warmth of the reception area for the first of the two ten minute races.  Jan, Trevor, Rhiannon, Correne, Kellie and Kim were in loud voice although not necessarily aware of what was going on outside on the track.  It seems there was more noise listening to “the cripple” tell tales of dogs and toileting, fights and smoke alarms than outside on the track itself!

In the first of the two ten minute finals there were tired bodies, but still hard and fast competition.  Humphrey still had the measure over Bell, who was swapping times with Cary.  Steve gained some position over Danny but was unable to catch the three flying frontrunners.  Ian was next, and Aidan passed Mikey to be in 7th.  Scotty and Rowan the Birthday boy bought things home. 

Inside, the hot chocolate was flowing, and conversation was turning to steppers, maths equations and kicking.  There was still only a vague comprehension of the epic battle going on outside on the track. 

With extremely tired and some now-bruised bodies hitting the track for the final race, some drivers were more interested in going sideways (when no-one was looking of course) than in the race itself.  Humphrey kept his concentration however and still bought things home in first place, untroubled for the duration after starting in pole position.  Bell and Cary were still battling, but Bell took the honours after a thrilling race.  Steve (who must have had a bad kart?) stayed ahead of Danny who was in 5th at the end.  Rowan found his groove and overtook all ahead to come in closely behind for a major improvement and 6th spot.  Ian was relegated to 7th with Rowan’s climb of the rakings.  Scotty was next home and Aidan held up the rear of the field after finding that combining wet grass and a kart leads to spins. 

Trophies and hats were presented and post-race discussions were long and lengthy.  The next race is in three months, and everyone is keen to have another go - especially Steve..... 

The times at the end of this epic race were:

 

 

Qualifying Session

Race 1

Race 2

Leigh “Humphrey” Garrioch

time:

38.884

38.452*

38.468

 

average:

40.154

39.014

39.25

 

position:

1

1

1

Andrew Bell

time:

39.034

38.864

38.795

 

average:

39.921

39.468

39.376

 

position:

2

2

2

Cary Seabrook

time:

39.232

38.89

38.811

 

average:

40

39.539

39.348

 

position:

3

3

3

Steve Porter

time:

39.4503

38.937

38.924

 

average:

41.786

39.509

39.451

 

position:

5

4

4

Daniel Williams

time:

39.366

39.133

39.202

 

average:

40.836

39.798

39.815

 

position:

4

5

5

Rowan Woollard

time:

41.237

40.052

39.314

 

average:

79.86

47.317

40.179

 

position:

10

10

6

Ian Curry

time:

39.738

39.773

39.192

 

average:

41.289

40.609

40.52

 

position:

6

6

7

Scotty

time:

40.089

39.826

40.067

 

average:

41.785

41.326

40.912

 

position:

8

9

8

Aidan “Black Stig” O’Halloran

time:

40.289

39.832

39.979

 

average:

41.63

40.588

41.007

 

position:

9

7

9

Gordon “Gordo” Ledwidge

time:

43.292

42.521

 

 

average:

45.742

43.775

 

 

position:

11

11

 

Michael “Mikey” Curry

time:

40.028

39.674

 

 

average:

42.213

40.611

 

 

position:

7

8

 

Sally Schultz

time:

45.552

 

 

 

average:

48.914

 

 

 

position:

12

 

 

* = track weekly record