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Friday Night Challenge - Week 46

Posted on January 26, 2022 by

Hello and welcome back to Kingston Park Raceway for the final round of the Friday night challenge of 2017. For this round, we saw 42 drivers make their way to Kingston Park Raceway for what is going to be a quick night. For the practice races the drivers were split into 2 groups with our early birds going out first followed by our regulars and late arrivals. With the early birds, out on track, they showed there is serious competition in this group majority of the drivers achieving a 63 second lap or better. The group 2 drivers were up next for their warm up round and majority of the drivers achieved a low 63 second lap or better. With the 2 groups warmed up and ready to go the night was underway with all drivers racing hard on track to earn the most points to be in top 10 positions for the semi-finals. From the top 10 drivers in each semi-final group only 3 drivers will make it into the super final to race for the champions trophy.

The semi-finals got underway with the top 10 drivers from group 1 on points resume the battle for the top 3 positions. The top 10 drivers in group 2 were up next to see who will make it through as the other top 3 drivers.

From the semi-finals, the top 6 drivers in the super final were Jayden O Toole, James Barton, Joshua Manser, Josh Dreaver, Michael Ha and Jorden Enders. As the drivers finished the safety briefing for the final race, it was time to get the main event under way. All of the drivers switched from being laid back and joking around to competitive mode for the big race that will crown another Friday Night Challenge winner. Its time to go and the drivers headed out on their pace kart lap. The pace kart peeled back into pit lane and it was time to begin the gentle rolling start up to the start/ finish line. The lights went green and we are underway. From the start O Toole got the jump on the other drivers to open up a quick gap. As the other drivers were fighting for positions Barton slid wide at turn 1 and all the drivers took advantage of the mistake except Manser who fell back to 5th place. The biggest mover was Enders going from last to 2nd at the start of lap 2. After getting clear of the other drivers Enders was in the clean air to start his charge after O Toole. At the end of lap 2 all the drivers were doing a 62 second lap. Enders caught up to O Toole at turn 4 and was looking to make his move for the lead. Coming into turn 5 Enders lined up next to O Toole going around the corner. He finally completed the move coming out of turn 6 and taking the lead. At the end of lap 3 Enders and Dreaver are doing a 61 and the other drivers are doing a low 62 second lap. All of the drivers are making the race look easy but looking at the lap times it is anything but easy on them.  At the 3-quarter mark of the race Enders, O Toole and Dreaver are all 2 seconds apart from each other, while Ha and Manser are bumper to bumper fighting for 4th place. Coming onto the final lap all they were all trying their hardest to close the gaps but were quickly running out of time. Manser timed his run coming out of turn 8 to line up next to Ha down the main straight. Just before the finish line Michael Ha lifted off the accelerator and when he returned to pit lane he was quizzed on what happened. He said “early Christmas present for Manser.

1st Place - Jorden Enders

2nd Place - Jayden O Toole

3rd Place - Josh Dreaver

Fastest Lap of the Night - Jayden O Toole with a 60.792

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 Im sure the drivers would not disagree upon and you could see that they'll be back the next chance they get for some fantastic racing.

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 dont 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!

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.