GALLERY: Auskart drivers challenged in Nanango
MOTOR SPORTS: Auskart drivers enjoyed the thrill of tackling a different course in Nanango for round six of the 2018 championships last weekend.
Auskart Racing president Todd Dening said they enjoyed the hospitality of the South Burnett Kart Hire team for their competition away.
"We really enjoy the hospitality, the area and the track itself is awesome, Alan and Rose are just fantastic people, looking after us,” he said.
The kart drivers, mostly from Brisbane, especially looked forward to the novel challenge of night racing.
"The track cools off, the karts go a little quicker because the engines perform better, but you do get a little bit less grip because the track's colder,” Dening said.
The night races gave the drivers a bit more variety, as they learned how to navigate under the track lights.
"You're sort of zooming up that straight heading towards darkness, it's quite exhilarating,” he said.
Across the classes they had 27 drivers competing in Nanango, with the juniors division, Bambino, starting at six-years-old.
The drivers competed for the trophy for the stand-alone away round six.
After the qualifying rounds, the drivers do 12-lap races before moving onto the championship finals.
Auskart is a four-stroke racing club, creating more affordable race for the drivers.
"We can race the whole season on one engine, all you have to do is basically change your oil after each race, so it's very inexpensive,” Denning said.
"They're not quite as fast as the two-strokes, but they're still evenly matched so you have really good racing.”
The open performance class however, competes with twin engines.
"They're different to drive because they're more balanced with the two engines,” he said.
The competitions can be quite competitive but the drivers are all very friendly, Dening said.