Titles. The 2017 Tall Timbers State Championships provided a multitude of racing action at Briant Park over the weekend.
Circular Head Kart Club racers Daniel Hinds, Logan Dixon, Louis Popowski and Ben Popowski represented the region at the annual event each putting on thrilling performances.
Racers aged between seven and 60 featured at the titles with eight classes, including three junior and five senior, on display throughout the program.
Representing the TAG Restricted Medium class, Hinds completed qualifying and all three heats with flying colours to lead for 26 laps throughout the final – until disaster struck.
As he entered the second last lap, a broken chain was his Achilles heel and the kart shuddered to a halt for Scott Hildyard and Shane Stonehouse to take the title and runner up places.
Racing in KA3 Senior Medium, Louis received a black flag in the final when his bumper became unhinged preventing him from finishing the race and allowing Benito Montalbano of Victoria to place first and fellow Tasmanian racers Jordan Distill and Jackson Callow to place second and third.
Competing in KA4 Junior Light, Logan finished his race well however did not place while current Australian number one Jay Hanson of Victoria earned the blue plate.
Ben, racing in the TAG Restricted Light division, dropped from third in the starting line up while fellow Tassie drivers Harry Ward and Brodie Sward took the honours.
Also at the event, Circular Head Kart Club committee member Colleen Hinds was presented a Life Membership for more than two decades of support to the sport.
“It’s overwhelming because I don’t do these things for recognition, it’s just what I do,” she says.
“This is my way of being involved. I can’t drive a kart . . . I don’t have the speed or the ability, this is just my way of being involved.”
In other racing action, Lewis Francis took the Cadet Nine title followed by brothers Cameron and Rhys Jeffrey in second and third.
In Cadet 12, Brodie Thomson held the pace to earn the win ahead of Tasmanian driver Toby Callow.
The TAG 125 Light final saw Launceston racer Alastair Lee claim his maiden state title while second went to Brad Hobden of Hobart and in TAG 125 Heavy fellow Hobart racer Mitch Evans claimed the victory.
Circular Head Kart Club will host Jake Sale, a karter from the south of the state, in an attempt to achieve a Guinness World Record next month.
Sale hopes to beat the current distance record of 1361 kilometres driven in a 24 hour period to help fundraise for cancer treatment for his uncle.
The event will be held at Briant Park, Smithton on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10.