Port Pirie hosts state go-kart championships

For three days, Port Pirie was the number-one spot for 164 drivers chasing honours at the state go-kart titles.

But for organiser Chad Rodda it was a near-miss – he could manage only a second place in the 200cc Open class.

He recently finished second in a national championship and has taken a state placing only once in 17 years of racing.

“It is driving me crazy. I started first in the final of the Open, but I missed out by one point,” he said.

Chad proudly supplied a photograph of himself and two other Port Pirie racers, Ryan Afford and Brody Maywald, who also finished second in their classes.

“I have never seen a kid with a bigger smile for the whole presentation night than Brody,” he said.

The track off Port Germein Road became a tent and caravan “city” as dozens of racers, crew members and spectators settled in for the program.

“At titles, everyone takes it so seriously. Everyone is racing for sheep stations and in bed by 9pm,” Chad said.

Race-goers watched the action on a damp track from Friday to Sunday after rain on Thursday.

“The rain, no matter how annoying it was, was a blessing for us because the track had never been so good to race on,” Chad said.

Cheers went up at the presentation dinner at the Port clubrooms on Sunday when talented announcer Wade Aunger named Adrian Charlson as winner of a $10,000 lottery. The fundraising raffle cost $100 a ticket.

Second prize of $1000 was won by Barb Spurling and third prize of $500 by Nancy Caruso. Licence: M13468