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Burley exits Young Guns in style

Natasha Herne of Lismore races in the Young Guns at the Lismore Kart Club track.
Natasha Herne of Lismore races in the Young Guns at the Lismore Kart Club track. Marc Stapelberg

CASINO kart driver Chris Burley had mixed feelings after winning back-to-back titles at Lismore's Young Guns meet at the weekend.

With 139 drivers and their crews from throughout Australia competing, it was wall-to-wall karts on the Lismore Showground track for the two-day event.

Burley, 15, has now raced in his last Young Guns but has turned his focus to the upcoming NSW championships before moving to the senior ranks next year.

"I had a good qualifying, made pole," the Lismore Kart Club member said of Saturday's heats.

"So that's always good."

In his first race of the weekend, he had the lead, experienced an engine problem and finished last.

It was the only blemish on his way to two titles.

"That was disappointing but overall it was a great weekend ... I won the Lite and the Pro (Junior) titles," he said.

"That's 12 to 16s and this is my last year racing Young Guns.

"It's a bit sad but it was good to finish on top and back-to-back." Burley won the corresponding events last year but had the icing on the cake this time around, with his winning ways netting him a drive in open wheeler later this year.

He was one of three to win a development day experience with Anglo-Australian Motor Sport Formula Ford.

"I have the state titles in Port Macquarie next weekend," Burley said of his next kart event.

Father Rodney and brother Daniel are his pit crew and usually work late into the night to keep his machine at peak performance.

The Ipswich Kart Club collected the lion's share of titles, taking out five of the eight divisions.

Lismore won two and one headed further north to Gladstone.

 

Winners

Junior National Lite: Chris Burley (Lismore).

Junior National Pro: Chris Burley (Lismore).

Junior National Heavy: Brock Plumb (Ipswich).

Junior Max: Brock Plumb (Ipswich).

Cadets: Harrison Hoey (Ipswich).

Cadet P-Plate: Broc Feeney (Ipswich).

Rookie: Joshua Rogers (Gladstone)

Rookie P-Plate: Jye Hopkins (Ipswich).

Topics:  chris burley, kart racing, lismore kart club, young guns


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