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Race Night Results for week 26

Friday Night Challenge 28-06-2019

Good evening and welcome back to another night of adrenaline fuelled action here at Kingston Park Raceway’s Friday Night Challenge! It was a wet and wild ride out here tonight with the rain coming down but still over 40 drivers came out to take up the challenge of the wet conditions with only one of them able to take home the top prize here tonight. The heats went by pretty quick and the wet conditions getting the better of even some of most experienced drivers but only the top 6 were going to make it through to the final, those drivers were James Maroske, Braydon Bateman, Beau Coplick, Joshua Manser, Jeremy Van Der Merwe and Daniel Young. Now let’s dive right into tonight’s main event.

Through the night the track had started to dry up but towards the latter part of the night the 100 Le Mans track was doused with a bit more rain and during the warm up lap Daniel Young somehow drove straight into the back of Joshua Manser and Jeremy Van Der Merwe which was very odd but in this instance, he was let off with a warning. Continuing with the warm up lap the pace kart returns back to the pitlane, the FNC finalist continue down the main straight waiting for the lights to go green. Green lights come alive and off they all go! Sliding out of turn one is Joshua Manser managing to loose a few spots in the process and is now at the back of the field.

Braydon Bateman gets a little too close to the chicane at turn 4 and get himself stuck into those tyres but he manages to shake himself out and continue with the race. Six laps to go and the wet track is proving to be a great test for the six finalists as they drift their way around turn 2 again. With James Maroske leading the pack, Jeremy Van Der Merwe is slowly but surely catching up to our first placer, being very careful not to slide out too far and loose his position.

There is only three laps to go now but the water has played a big role with the performance of the go karts as our leader James Maroske has all of a sudden lost power right around turn 7 and as he returns into pitlane, furious, James plows into the back of the parked go karts in pitlane and that was him for the rest of the evening. With James retiring it now puts Jeremy Van Der Merwe in 1st postion with only 2 laps to go! Right after James Maroske pitted, driver Braydon Batemans kart also lost power too resulting in Braydon also retiring from the race.

We’re now down to the last lap of the Super Final and Jeremy Van Der Merwe showing his skills around the wet weather track, Jeremy Van Der Merwe crosses the finish line in first place signalling the end of yet another great Friday Night Challenge!

1st Jeremy Van Der Merwe – 80.085

2nd Daniel Young – 82.436

3rd Beau Coplick – 81.578

Thanks to everyone for joining us here tonight, competitors, spectators, friends and family for making Friday night Challenge a night to remember. If you are interested in jumping on in don't be shy, check out our website at www.kingstonpark.com.au or call our friendly Sales Team on 07 3826 2255 for more information and to secure your spot on the grid. Race hard, race fast and we'll see you at the next one!