Sale seals world record

In a world record breaking feat, Southern Tasmanian Kart Club racer Jake Sale achieved an incredible personal triumph at Briant Park in Smithton over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Renee Chettle.

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Triumph. Home to Circular Head Kart Club, Briant Park has entered the record books.

Over the weekend, Southern Tasmanian Kart Club racer Jake Sale utilised the only track in the state with lights to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest distance driven in 24 hours in a fundraising effort for his uncle, Stuart Sale. 

The record of 1361.09 kilometres was achieved by American Trey Shannon in New Castle, Indiana in 2011. Sale smashed this record to reach a distance of 1378.46 kilometres.

The 25-year-old took on the challenge to allow his uncle to access cancer immunotherapy, a treatment which can cost more than $80,000 per year.

With a goal to raise $25,000, Sale set off on Saturday morning. Taking breaks to fuel up and stretch his legs every hour, and for a change of tyres every second hour, Sale raced through the night towards his goal.

It has been the best and worst 24 hours of my life,” he said after breaking the record on Sunday.

“Definitely mentally it was the hardest thing I have ever done, I got to a point where I just wanted to give up.”

Pushing on, the support of spectators and crew members as well as the thought of his uncle kept him going.

“I actually went into shock at one point from the pain, shivering all over at 2am.

“I feel like maybe if they weren’t there . . . they were a big part of what made me push through.”

As well as this support, a terrifying prospect pushed him further.

“I dreamt that I failed the attempt. I felt so [awful] when I work up, I didn’t want to feel like that again.”

Scattered showers added to the mental burden as the karter of more than 15 years manoeuvred more than 300 laps with slick tyres.

Proud of his efforts, rest was calling Sale on Sunday after reaching the record with an hour to spare.

“I don’t know how to feel to be honest, I have no energy but I think I will be proud tomorrow.

“Just exhaustion. There is no proper motor function left, I’m absolutely spent.”

More than $2000 was raised throughout the weekend. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/24-hours-for-stu-wr-attempt.

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