Sold Out Slideways Sprint Spectacular

Slideways Sprint Racing Under Lights
Slideways Sprint Racing Under Lights

The third round of the Slideways Sprint Race Series at Slideways Go Karting World was sold out, with a capacity field facing the starter for the mini-enduro format event.

Joining the Sodi World Series event on track was the Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup, with a growing field of competitors turning on a great evening of racing.

Next up on the Slideways racing calendar is the Slideways Junior Racing Series, which is scheduled for this coming Sunday morning.

April’s month of racing concludes with an Enduro next Friday (the 27th), with early bird entries closing tomorrow, with all racers entered by the cut off eligible for a free bonus practice session.

The Slideways Sprint and Ladies Series return on Wednesday May 23, with early bird entries closing off on Friday May 18.

Check out the Slideways Gold Coast Go Kart Race Days page for more information on all Slideways outdoors race events.

Slideways Sprint Race Series

The format for the third Sprint event for the season saw competitors take to the track for a pair of 15-minute-long races, followed by a feature 30-minute encounter.

The playing was once again levelled using the Sodi weight box system, while the format saw a random draw grid for the first race, followed by an inverted order for the second, with combined points determining the starting line-up for the finale.

In the opening race, it was Liam Hydes who proved to be the class of the field, with his victory against top-flight competition excellent preparation for his attack on the Sodi World Series finals in Italy later this year, where he will represent Slideways and Australia in the Junior section of the competition.

Second in the race was a staunch effort by Stef Russell, ahead of Keenan Faulkner, then Jackson Faulkner, Michael Seeto, Samuel Hayward, Jason Fischer, Richard Trevillien, Gavin Faulkner, Christian Bishop, Robert Fernandez, Alex Heaton, Matt White, David Reiser, Clayton Hydes, Phil Edwards, Shaun Willcocks, Cody Cotton, Wade Roberson and Michael Gibbs.

Fastest on track proved to Edwards, the only driver to crack the 40sec barrier with a 39.938sec lap set on the comeback trail through the field.

Jackson Faulkner bounced back to win the second race, ahead of Christian Bishop, with Alex Heaton rounding out the podium.

Fourth went to Gavin Faulkner, ahead of Fernandez, Liam Hydes, Edwards, Reiser, Seeto, Clayton Hydes, Willcocks, Cotton, Russell, Trevillien, Hayward, Fischer, White, Roberson and Gibbs, with Kennan Faulkner and early retirement after a first lap skirmish.

Fastest on track was Jackson Faulkner with a swift 39.372sec lap time.

Jackson Faulkner continued the strong form into the last race, with a clear-cut win after 42 gruelling laps, with Christian Bishop coming through for second place from Liam Hydes.

Seeto was fourth, from Fischer, Heaton, Gavin Faulkner, Hayward, Clayton Hydes, Fernandez, Cotton, Edwards, Reiser, Willcocks, Roberson, Trevillien, Gibbs, White and Russell.

Fastest on track in the final was Jackson Faulkner (39.391sec lap time), with Bishop, Liam Hydes, Seeto and Heaton all setting times below 40 seconds.

Overall for the night behind Jackson Faulkner on the podium was Liam Hydes and Bishop, with Seeto fourth on points from Gavin Faulkner and Heaton.

Edwards was awarded the Best and Fairest for the evening, while Fernandez claimed the Encouragement award.



Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup

The Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup continued with the same three ten-minute long race format as the opening two events, with an identical grid format as the Sprint Series.

Special guest for the evening was Heather Maltman from Sea FM, who showed solid improvement throughout her first ever race at the outdoor venue.

In the first race, Juliette Russell came through to take the victory by 3.352sec from Amanda Rohde and Melissa Thompson.

Fourth was Chloe Buck, then Rebecca Blacker, Leisa Skerman, Lissa Jade, Jessie McLean, Maltman and Jessie Smart.

Russell was the fastest on track with a 41.350sec best lap time.

Rohde struck back in the second heat with clear win over Russell, with Blacker coming through for third.

Thompson made a strong comeback to finish fourth ahead of Skerman, Buck, Jade and McLean.

Rohde was the fastest on circuit with a 40.584sec lap.

In the finale, Russell claimed her second race win of the night, just edging out Thompson, with a race that went right down to the wire.

Blacker finished third, ahead of Kerman and Rohde, who spun on the last lap.

Buck was next home from McLean, while Russell set the quickest race lap with a 40.737sec time.

Overall for the event, Russell was on the top step of the podium from Rohde and Thompson.

The Best and Fairest for the evening was was earned by Blacker, while McLean was awarded the Encouragement Award.



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