By Shane Jones
There were plenty of smiles for Bundaberg Kart Club president Andrew Wagner on and off the karting track last weekend.
And the smiling will continue well into the next few years if he is successful in getting the event back again.
More than 75 entrants competed at the 4SS trophy in seven classes at Dromeside Raceway as the best from around the state vied for trophies and the chance for an orange plate as the best in the state in their class in the four stroke karts.
It was the first time Bundy had hosted it and the first time in Australia a state title like this received so many entrants.
“It’s the biggest field of 4SSs ever,” Wagner said.
“For Bundaberg that is massive.
“We had 21 juniors competing, the biggest ever in that class, and 10 cadets competing, which is the biggest in the country.”
Now, following the success, Bundaberg is planning on making this event it’s event by looking at doing it for the next two years.
“We’re lobbying to get the event for the next two years,” Wagner said.
“All of the club delegates from all of the other Queensland clubs will vote on it.
“We’ll know in October.”
Wagner said he’d been working hard over the past two months to make sure the case was too good to refuse for the other kart clubs.
He’s also secured sponsorship from Triple M and Patrizicorse.
The focus on the future comes after the event was run and won over the weekend, with Wagner winning his class in Supermaxx Heavy.
He led all laps during the heats and the final as well as setting the qualifying record at the track in his class with a 39.607-second time.
But the final was anything but easy.
Wagner led well from the start, before something happened a couple of laps into the race.
“I hit a kerb in the third lap, so it bent the disk rotor and the car was shaking from then on,” he said.
“I didn’t have the pace to keep up with the guys behind me, so I stayed ahead just enough to hold in the next few laps.
“Then they (Scott Svensson and Zac Walvin) caught me but we all then ran into lapped drivers.
“Lucky I got through and they took a bit longer, which gave me the gap to win.”
Wagner said it was a great result considering he was just in his second year of karting.
“I only started out last year and I’d never driven a kart,” he said.
“So it was great to win.”
Wagner was one of two Bundy winners, but there were great results from other Bundy karters in the field.
Max Acquasanta finished second in the juniors class while Zoe Vuichoud finished third in the cadet class.
In other results, Oliver Acquasanta finished fourth in the cadet class with Lilly Doessel and Jack Doessel finishing fourth and sixth in juniors as Evan Mitchell finished sixth in the Supermaxx Medium Class.
Finally, Craig Silcox and Michael Acquasanta finished fifth and sixth respectively in the Supermaxx Heavy class with Scott Svensson finishing second behind Wagner.
“Thanks to all the competitors that came to compete and to all the sponsors,” Wagner said.
“Special thanks to the council who gave us a $1000 grant towards the trophy event.
“And major credit to Shane Chung who did all the promotion for the event.”