Young karters show promise

Young karters show promise

Jaiden Marshall and Lucas Furphy are two shining examples of what the future of the Circular Head Kart Club holds. 

With two wins from two starts for Jaiden, and Lucas consistently claiming podium places, the future is bright. 

Jaiden’s father Michael said Lucas encouraged Jaiden to try his hand at the sport.

“He actually had a go in [Lucas’] kart at a come and try day at Briant Park,” said Michael. 

“He was a bit keen, he loves that sort of thing.”

Since then, Marshall has joined the karting family, travelling to Burnie Kart Club for two race meets and claiming first place on both occasions.

Jaiden will graduate from Cadet 9 to Cadet 12 next month when he turns 10. 

“He’s really enjoying it, while he’s enjoying it we will keep doing it.”

Michael said he knows Jaiden’s performance will continue to improve as he gains more experience. 

“He just needs more laps, that’s all it is.”

A year younger, Lucas has been involved in eight race meetings. 

“He’s found his feet pretty well,” said his father Darren.

“He likes a bit of motorsport, so we got him a beginner’s kart and off he went.”

Now Lucas is a proficient kart driver, taking out the North West Super Series for Cadet 9 and picking up a sponsorship from Maximal Oils. 

Darren was quick to admit that he was a little nervous when Lucas first got involved with the sport.

“It’s very daunting for an eight-year-old to be out there on the track in a kart by himself,” he said.

“But he loves it, he absolutely loves it.” 

Darren said he and Lucas are grateful for the support the club has offered Lucas during his first year.

“The kart club has been sensational,” he said. 

“Colleen and Tim [Hinds] have really helped us out.”

Though kart numbers are falling across the state, Circular Head Kart Club is heading on the way up.

“We’ve actually got some of the best facilities in Tasmania I reckon,” said Darren.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction.”