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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 13
Teenage Hills dirt go-kart
exponent Jacob Baxter notched
the best result of his fledgling
racing career earlier this month.
Competing in the junior heavy category,
Baxter finished third in the SA Dirt Kart
Championships held at Renmark over May
The junior heavy class specifications are
for competitors under the age of 16, with
the combined weight of the driver and kart
The St Francis de Sales College student
commenced racing in 2013, following in
the footsteps of father Jason who became
involved in the sport in 2011.
Prior to taking up driving, the 14-year-old
regularly accompanied his father to the
Angas Go-Kart Club track at Strathalbyn,
helping with maintenance and preparations
in the pits and the push-off area.
It left Baxter with a strong desire to compete
himself, and two years ago he climbed into
his own kart in the junior heavy class.
During 2014, Baxter competed at his
maiden Australian title meeting which was
hosted by the Loxton Dirt Kart Club, and
featured 29 competitors from SA, WA and
Having driving consistently to qualify for
the 12-lap final, the Nairne teenager more
than held his own against some the nation’s
leading juniors and was officially placed a
respectable ninth at the event.
The recent State titles at Renmark once
again found Baxter displaying his improving
ability on the track by accumulating
consistent points throughout the four heats
to qualify in fourth spot on the grid for the
Baxter was able to maintain a solid pace
near the head of the field and was suitably
chuffed to claim the State junior heavy
number three plate for 2015.
Besides the strong support of his family,
Baxter has also received great assistance
and sponsorship from Nairne Engineering
and Balhannah Junction Meats as he has
made his way in the world of karting.
Having cut his teeth in dirt kart competition,
Baxter is now currently planning to move his
racing activities over to tarmac competition
on sealed tracks, while he harbors an
ambition to go as far as he can in his racing
opportunities, and hopefully be able to
become involved with a professional team
on some basis.
Leading drivers from throughout the nation
will converge on the Monarto Karting Complex
this weekend for Round 2 of the Australian Kart
The event to be staged from May 22-24 will feature more
than 200 competitors from across eight classes battling
for supremacy around the 1020m bitumen circuit at high
speed, with drivers sitting just 2cm from the track surface.
The meeting will be the first time that the international
KZ2, KF2 and KF3 classes have competed at the Monarto
KZ2 class is the toughest within Australian karting,
featuring a six-speed gearbox with the international
specification engine able to reach speeds in excess of
The Australian championship is being contested over
five rounds, with the first round having been held in Port
Melbourne during April.
Following the Monarto meeting, the title chase will
continue with rounds at Ipswich and Newcastle before
winding up with the final round at Geelong in late October.
An influx of interstate talent is set to line up on the grid
this weekend, with 76 nominations from Victoria, 35 from
Queensland and 30 representing NSW, while drivers from
Tasmania, WA and the NT will also feature.
Defending the local pride of SA will be 54 drivers
throughout the various categories, including several from
the Adelaide Hills.
A high profile nomination in the KZ class is renowned
sprintcar competitor Luke Dillon of Cherry Gardens.
The 34-year-old Dillon, who has numerous victories on dirt
track speedways throughout Australia, will make the switch
to bitumen in an Italian-made kart he recently purchased
from V8 supercar driver Scott McLaughlin.
Bridgewater resident Josh Fielding will compete in the
125cc Z30 class, hoping to make up for a disappointing
result in the opening round in Victoria.
A past winner of the Festival State Cup series, the 22-year-
old Fielding recently launched this year’s SA Festival Cup
season with a fifth placing in the initial round held at the
Glenburnie track near Mt Gambier.
Other local drivers expected to provide a challenge to the
strong interstate posse include SA champion Josh Tynan
from Paralowie and Salisbury East’s Ben Edwards in KF2
ranks, along with Cockatoo Valley’s Josh Denton in KF3.
V8 supercar champion James Courtney is running a
team in this year’s karting season, while McLaughlin is a
mechanic for Queensland driver Kel Treseder.
Jack Doohan will compete in the KA junior class, while his
well-known father Mick Doohan – a five-time World MotoGP
champion – is also actively involved as chairperson of the
Karting Australia events and sporting committee, which
also includes supercar competitor Jason Bargwanna.
Karting has become one of the cheapest forms of
motorsport and caters from drivers from the age of nine
at numerous clubs throughout Australia, with a number of
drivers having gone onto high profile racing careers after
commencing in kart ranks, including Jamie Whincup, Mark
Winterbottom, Michael Caurso and Tim Slade.
The racing program at Monarto will commence on Friday
with practice from 10am to 4pm, before qualifying and
heat races are staged on Saturday between 8.30am and
Finals in all categories will be held on Sunday commencing
at 8.30am and concluding around 3.30pm.
The Monarto Karting Complex is situated at 3711 Old
Princes Highway at Monarto, 1.5km from the zoo toward
Murray Bridge, with directions to be signposted over the
With no admission charge, the opportunity to watch
Australia’s best karting exponents in action should ensure
a large crowd over the weekend.
Tracking to success
Fast pace at Monarto
Echunga Golf Club conducted
an Ovarian Cancer Charity
Day round at its course on
Wednesday, May 6.
A field of 40 lady golfers were in
attendance to enjoy the event, despite
enduring some cold, windy and wet
Nevertheless, the course was in
great condition with the greens
in magnificent shape after recent
attention from the green keeper,
together with the bonus of steady
The game was a four-ball better-
ball format, where teams of two play
individual stableford games but only
record the better score for the team.
The winning duo were from McLaren
Vale with a score of 41, second place
went to a pair from Stirling, while a
local Echunga combination finished
Lunch consisted of home cooked
yiros with a dessert of strawberries,
meringues and cream, while a
successful raffle was held.
Despite the testing weather, there
were no cancellations, and all players
had fun and donated generously to
the charity, with more than $600 being
raised for the cause.
The weekly Wednesday Echunga
womens competition has now moved
to a 9am start.
Any new or visiting players are
welcome to join on the day, while
further details are available by
contacting the club on 8388 8038.
Birdwood were strengthened with the
return of Ed and Alex Mattschoss.
The opening round of singles provided
three wins for each team.
Andrew Green, Danny McMahon and Jacob
Snoad won their matches for Lenswood,
while A. Mattschoss, Steve Mason and
Aidan Saunders were Birdwood’s winners.
Lenswood took control during the reverse
singles, winning five rubbers.
It was just as well because Birdwood won
all three doubles with two going to five
The top doubles went to 16-14 and
the second double to 14-12, however,
Lenswood’s early successes provided a
tight 8-33 to 7-25 win to consolidate top
In other Division 3 fixtures, Harrogate had
its first win after defeating Woodside Blue
8-32 to 7-23 and Woodside Red downed
Lobethal 12-38 to 3-13.
Premiership tables: Division 1/2:
Lobethal Dippers, 42 rubbers, 138 games,
8 points; Cudlee Creek, 41, 138, 8; Lobethal
Tigers, 35, 124, 6; Woodside Outriders, 35,
124, 4; Birdwood, 31, 117, 4; Mt Torrens,
26, 101, 2; Harrogate, 15, 71, 0; Woodside
Warriors, 15, 66; 0.
Division 3: Lenswood, 49, 161, 8;
Woodside Red, 42, 142, 8; Lobethal, 27, 97,
4; Birdwood, 29, 91, 2; Harrogate, 18, 71, 2;
Woodside Blue, 15, 63, 0.
out in derby
Continued from Sport 11
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Nairne’s Jacob Baxter claimed third place in the junior heavy category at the 2015 SA Dirt Kart
Championship held earlier this month in the Riverland.
Hills teenager Jacob Baxter displays his smooth dirt karting style during a
Luke Dillon of
Cherry Gardens will
switch to bitumen
this weekend when
he competes in the
KZ class during the
second round of the
Past Festival State Cup series winner Josh Fielding (68) of Bridgewater will be among a strong field
of SA and national drivers contesting Round 2 of the Australian Karting Championships at the
Monarto Karting Complex this weekend.
Image courtesy Gemma Frazer.
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