Father’s Day Slideways Sprints Turn It On

Slideways Sprint Racing Series Senior Heavy Race Start
Slideways Sprint Racing Series Senior Heavy Race Start

Perfect weather, quality fields, and hot on track action highlighted the sixth round of the Slideways Sprint Racing Series at Slideways Go Karting World Pimpama on Father’s Day.

The event featured two grids of Cadets (aged 7-11), an ever-competitive field of Juniors (aged 12-15), Senior Lights (drivers under 80kg), and Senior Heavies (over 80kg).

Next up on the Slideways racing calendar is the Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge, Slideways Go Karting World’s first ever three-hour long endurance race, scheduled for this coming Sunday.

The event has the best ever prize for a Slideways event, with the winning team jetting to Melbourne for the National Hire Kart Finals, plus a day out at the Supercars’ Sandown 500 retro round.

There will also be a host of random draws for Pepsi Max Supercars merchandise on the day.

Entries are now available online at the Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge website.

Following on from that, the Slideways Sprint Racing Series continues with its marquee event of the season, the Monster Jam® Race Day on October 1.

Featuring random lucky draw prizes for VIP Monster Jam prizes (for the Brisbane show on October 7 at QSAC), the event is one not to be missed.

All the details are available on the Monster Jam® Race Day website.


Qualifying set the scene for a cracking pair of races for the Cadets, with Hamish Shields claiming the pole position for the opening race with a time of 52.608sec in group two, while Hayden Quayle’s time in the first qualifier was only 0.013sec shy of the ultimate pole time.

Following a restart at the first attempt on the all-new mass grid start, it was tight at the top in the opening top-50% field, with Quayle heading Shields to the chequered flag by a little over half a second.

Third home was a top result for Lochie Crowther at his second ever Slideways Sprint, leading home a tight pack featuring Christian Jardine, Spencer Myatt, Olivia Herbison, who made a strong comeback after her brakes locked on at the race restart, and Ryan Tame.

In eighth and ninth were Angus Jardine and Lachlan Trevillien, while Herbison set the fastest lap of the race with a 52.601sec.

The podium in the later outing was a mirror image of the first, with Quayle leading home Shields and Crowther.

Christian Jardine was next home, just edging out Herbison, Tame, Trevillien, Myatt and Angus Jardine.

The two wins for Quayle lift his season total to three victories from the 12 races contested to date.

In the lower 50% races, it was newcomer Jude Livermore all the way, claiming both of the heats.

In the first encounter, the margin was 5sec back to Ryan Jardine, ahead of Juliette Bogart, Daniel Sullivan, Matthew Scholten and Zaiden Toirkens.

For the later outing, Livermore’s margin was reduced to 0.28sec from Ryan Jardine, with Sullivan coming through for third, from Toirkens, Bogart and Scholten.

Showing the competitiveness of the field, four of the six runners in the bottom 50% field set lap times in the 53sec bracket, showing that they would be more than capable of mixing it with the top runners.

Many of the Cadet racers hone their skills in the new-look Slideways Karting Academy, with a fully structured course of tuition providing drivers with the skills they need to go fast.

Full details of the Academy structure can be found on its dedicated web page.


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Senior Heavies

Qualifying set the scene for an enthralling battle in the Senior Heavies class, with Pete Brown claiming the pole position with a hot lap of 43.680sec.

In a session which fluctuated at the top of the time charts, Joel Dimmack was pipped on the final lap by only 0.006sec, with Dean Ferguson a further two-tenths back, with the top-ten on the leader board within a second of the pole time.

Brown made the best of the mass grid start for the opener, and managed to hold on for the duration, with Ferguson closing down late to make the final margin only 1.2sec.

It was Brown’s eighth race win of the season.

Dimmack was third home, ahead of Christian Bishop, who was somewhat on his own in fourth.

Stefan Russell started his best-ever day results wise with fifth position, just edging out Leighton Cook, from Fraser Ward, Clayton Hydes, Jason Toirkens, Richard Trevillien, John Willmott, with Erin and James Shields rounding out the results following a mid-race tangle.

Fastest on track in that heat was Ferguson with a 43.426sec lap, with that form continued in the finale, when he successfully hunted down Brown, taking his third victory for the season after picking up a pair of Lights wins earlier in the year.

Dimmack (fastest lap of the race with a 43.786sec) also made his way past Brown, who crossed the line in third.

Fourth was a personal best for Stefan Russell, ditto for Leighton Cook in fifth, who just led home Christian Bishop and the hard-charging father-daughter combination of James and Erin Shields.

Hydes was ninth home from Jason Toirkens, Richard Trevillien, Fraser Ward and Willmott.

Next weekend Brown will be looking to lead his team Global Action Photography squad to victory in the Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge, after his team won the major prize in 2016.


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Senior Lights

The Senior Lights proved to turn on some of the most competitive racing of the day, with a little over a second covering the eight returning drivers, who were joined on track by two first-time Slideways racers.

Clay Seaborne (42.890sec) topped the timing charts in qualifying, ahead of Michael Seeto (42.901sec), and Matt Hudson (42.987sec).

The top-three qualifiers finished in that order in the opener, with Seeto pushing Seaborne all the way to the flag, with the final margin a scant 0.495sec.

Fourth place belonged to Tim Hatton, just ahead of Alex Heaton, then Kyle Toirkens, Samuel Hayward, Jordan Toirkens, Aaron Newall and Jeremiah Joseph.

Fastest on track was Seeto with a time of 43.126, who from grid two on the mass grid start for the second race was shuffled wide by CTS Motorsport team mates Seaborne and Hudson.

Hudson pushed Seaborne all the way to the chequered flag, only 0.247sec between them after 12 circuits.

The win has elevated Seaborne’s Slideways season success tally to six.

Seeto, after falling back and engaging in several battles, set the fastest lap of the race (43.299sec) en route to forging past Alex Heaton in the closing stages to claim third.

Behind Heaton in fifth was Kyle Toirkens, who equalled his PB result, then Jordan Toirkens, Hayward, Joseph, Newall and Hatton.

Set to feature in Sunday’s Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge, Seeto’s TSR outfit will be looking to repeat their last start Enduro victory, while Seaborne and Hudson will seek to break through for CTS Motorsport’s first Slideways Enduro success of the season.


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The Junior field of racers aged 12-15 years old once again showed that the pack is closing in on the leaders.

Liam Hydes topped the times in qualifying, with a 43.119sec lap, 0.54sec clear of Jacques Goodman, who was only 0.073sec ahead of Euan Shields.

The finishing results from both races ultimately proved to be identical, but the racing was tight.

Goodman’s margin of victory over Hydes in the first race was 0.528sec, which was closed to 0.328sec in the finale, giving the youngster a total of six wins to date this year.

Shields was in the thick of the action throughout, with his close third place efforts showing that he can take the next step up the podium before the end of the season.

Juliette Russell starred with a pair of fourth place finishes, especially in the second race, where she was ultimately only 2.3sec off Goodman after 12 laps, all while setting the overall fastest lap of the race with a 43.625sec time.

Hydes (43.267sec) meanwhile was the fastest on track in the opener.

Lewis Spencer claimed a pair of fourth places, from Chloe Herbison and Stefanie Wilmott.

Multiple Juniors are scheduled to compete in Sunday’s three-hour Enduro, after recent strong results in the long format events.

Meanwhile several of the Juniors are regulars at the Slideways Karting Academy, where they are given the tips and tricks to improve their lap times and race craft.


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