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Friday Night Challenge - Week 45

Posted on January 26, 2022 by

It had been competitive all night, the drivers came into the briefing area fully prepared knowing full well what needed to be done to seal the victory for the night. However, the quality of drivers that were there, made sure that doing so would not be an easy task whatsoever and the rain that was beginning to fall was going to make the track hard to negotiate with. The drivers were chatting and joking with each other before the race, however they knew that to win they were going to need to do anything in their power to beat the person sitting either side of them. The pace kart goes out on track and the drivers follow closely behind, sitting on the front row was Josh Dreaver and Michael Ha, on the second row was Josh Manser and Liam Neutze, third row was Lewis Barry and Marcello Genta  and coming from the back was Nathan Batrachenko and Jay Harvey. The pace kart peels into the pit lane and the drivers come up the straight, awaiting that signal to begin racing.

Green Light!!! The drivers begin racing with Josh Dreaver getting the holeshot on Michael Ha with Liam Neutze following closely behind. The three top drivers already pulling a small gap on the other drivers but turn 3, however with the conditions the way they are, its anyones race. Coming up to turn 4 and you can see that Liam is looking quick and eager to try and get passed Michael and as they come up to turn 5 Liam passes Michael and sets his sights straight on Josh up in first place. Coming around to start lap 2 and Liam is hot on Joshs tail and looking pumped to get passed Josh, however creeping back up behind him was Michael and by turn 5 Michael is going for a move up the inside of Liam, however goes too hot up on the inside and drifts out wide, losing a lot of time on Liam in the process and giving fourth place a chance to get passed him. Coming up to lap 3 and Liam is still right behind Josh and looking more and more likely that he is going to jump in to first. However disaster strikes and Liam spins out, giving Josh a 5 second lead on Liam and also giving Michael a chance to catch back up, only being 4-5 kart lengths behind him now.

As we enter the fourth lap, the rain starts to get heavier and the drivers have to change their driving style to suit the conditions. Joshua Manser, who had been quick all night was back in fifth however was getting quicker and quicker, looking like he was going to get passed and take back fourth place, further back in the pack there were little battles forming between drivers and the action was picking up again after a quiet fourth lap. The leaders come around to begin their fifth lap and Michael was looking QUICK! Catching Liam at an alarming pace and as they come out of turn 4, Michael makes his way around Liam to get back into second place and set his sights on Josh Dreaver, who at this point in time had a fairly uncontested lead. The three leaders came through turn 7 and Liam had come in too hot and spun out Michael Ha, however, showing a great sense of sportsmanship, slows down and waits for Michael and readdresses as they get going again. This however gives Josh Dreaver the breath of fresh air that he had been waiting for, as he enters lap 6 with a 17 second lead!

As Josh realizes he has this gap, he slows himself down, minimizing the risk of spinning out. Furthe back in the pack, Joshua Manser and Nathan Barachenko are fighting over fourth place and going through turn 2 they are side by side and Joshua Manser gets the run out of the corner allowing him to slip by and get in to fourth place. As the drivers begin their last two laps, Marcelo Genta spins out at turn 8, which pushed Jay Harvey up into sixth place and put Marcelo Genta a lap down giving Lewis Barry the chance to get into seventh place. As our leaders come down the main straight on the final lap, our marshalls have the chequered flag ready and as Josh Dreaver comes down the straight hes already celebrating his flawless win. Coming out of turn 8 was Michael Ha and Liam Neutze, with Liam getting a better run out or turn 8 and with a side by side finish, Liam by only 0.112 seconds comes in second over Michael, fourth place went to Joshua Manser, fifth place went to Nathan Barachenko, coming in sixth was Jay Harvey, seventh went to Lewis Barry and coming in eighth went to Marcelo Genta.

TOP 3 of the Super Final:

1st Josh Dreaver    (62.042)
2nd Liam Neutze  (61.528)
3rd Michael Ha     (62.123)

Fastest Lap of the Night: Liam Neutze  (61.528)

At the trophy presentation it was smiles from everyone as they were chatting about the race they just had. Chats were had between all drivers and great sportsmanship was shown as they all shook hands, talked about the night and you could see some new friendly rivalries forming between drivers. Overall a fantastic racing was had that I’m sure the drivers would not disagree upon and you co What more could you ask for in the best karting event you can participate in outside of official competitive racing. With practice, 3 heats, the best drivers after all 3 heats going into a semi-final and then the best of the best going head to head for their shot in the super final. But don’t take my word for it, if youre interested, keen or even just looking for something exciting to do on a Friday night then come on down and check it out for yourself. Or even better yet jump on in and give it a crack for only $89pp. For more information check out our website or call our sales team on 07 3826 2222. Also dont forget to follow us on Facebook for updates on special events, offers, deals and more. Once again a big thank you to all who joined us here for an action packed, adrenaline filled, unbeatable night karting here at Kingston Park Raceways Friday Night Challenge!


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If you want to take on the best Go Karting racers in Brisbane then all you need to is front up on a Friday night and let your driving do the talking for you.


Registration is at 6:00pm, Practice starts at 6:30pm with racing from 7:15pm sharp and we recommend you book as Friday Night Challenge is a very popular event here at Kingston Park Raceway!


Call 07 3826 2255 to enter the next race and check out the FNC page for details