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Friday Night Challenge - Week 48

Posted on January 21, 2022 by
The final Friday Night Challenge for the year and the last chance for our drivers to win some prizes and it brought the best of the best out. Starting off the front row was Dean Ferguson and Michael Ha and off the second row was Josh Callaghan and Si Ne Lou for the Super Final. Dean Ferguson was on fire all night taking the win over Michael Ha in all the previous races so far, however Michael Ha was going to do his best to make sure that Dean Ferguson didn’t leave with the clean sweep. I predict that this is going to be entertaining race!

The pace kart heads out onto the track and our drivers follow on behind, getting a feel for their kart and intimidating their competitors. The pace kart pulls into the pit lane and the drivers make their way up the main straight awaiting the green light, knowing full well that if they go to early they’ll be awarded the dreaded black flag. Green lights are on and it’s time to go racing. Dean Ferguson pulls off a good start with Michael Ha getting pushed back to third place. It wouldn’t be too long however before Michael Ha took back Second place into turn 4. This does however leave Dean Ferguson with a nice tidy little gap on Michael Ha and giving Michael Ha some serious driving to do if were to catch up to Dean Ferguson. 

As the race goes on Michael Ha seems to be only catching up little by little, with a tenth of a second here and there. However all of a sudden Michael pulled half a second on Dean Ferguson and then the battle really began. Dean Ferguson, sensing that Michael Ha was right behind him, started driving on the offensive and Michael Ha was having a hard time trying to get around the fat line that Dean Ferguson was driving on. It looked like it could be either one’s race this time as they drove around with only a tenth of a second between the two of them! The excitement was building in the crowd and you could almost see the smile on the faces of the two drivers as the intense racing was heading towards its climax.

Three laps to go and Dean Ferguson has held off Michael’s relentless attacks from behind, and was looking pretty comfortable and composed in the kart. However as they approached turn 3 Michael Ha made a move where most wouldn’t dare even think of. Michael threw it up the inside of Dean Ferguson in possibly one of the smallest gaps I’ve seen a go kart go through. A little rub occurred between the two drivers, but to quote the great Harry Hogge from Days of Thunder, “he didn't slam you, he didn't bump you, he didn't nudge you... he rubbed you. And rubbin, son, is racin”. The drivers obviously looked at this the same way as they just kept on racing hard and fast. After the pass on the inside of Dean Ferguson, Michael Ha seemed to just pull away a little from Dean Ferguson and led the remainder of the race until the checkered flag was out and waving.

1st   Michael Ha (fastest of the race 62.348)
2nd  Dean Ferguson 
3rd  Josh Callaghan

Fastest man of the night - Michael Ha 61.801

Fastest woman of the night - Si Ne Lim 66.6

Come the trophy presentation and all you could see was happiness on the faces of our drivers, they reminisced on the race that had just occurred, fueling the fire on the addiction that is karting in their lives and I have no doubt that they’ll be back to participate in the Friday Night Challenges next year. 

What a night we had with ups and downs, excitement and drama. 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 at gold in the super final. But don’t take my word for it, if you’re 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 at www.kingstonpark.com.au or call our sales team on 07 3826 2222. Also don’t 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 Raceway’s Friday Night Challenge! 

If you want to take on the best Go Karting racers in Brisbane then all you need to do 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!