Hi, I’m Terry Hill living in the Central Queensland town of Emerald, 270kms inland from Rockhampton. I am usually the guy behind the lens but after a chance encounter I find myself supplying the words also, a bit out of my comfort zone but hey let’s give it a go.
Whilst my friends down south are photographing all sorts of exciting events, I have been fortunate this week in covering 2 Motorsports events here in Central Queensland namely Round 4 of the CQ Moto x Series held in Clermont on Saturday and Sunday and the Emerald Karting Club event “The Coal field Titles” held just 5km’s out of town. The Karting Event is a warm up for the July21-23rd round 4 of the “Australian Karting Championship” to be held in Emerald. Top drivers including Nick Percat from Brad Jones racing will be attending as will countless others who aspire one day to drive on the bigger stage, there will also be international driver’s visiting the Central Highlands to race.
The inclusion of Emerald into the championship is a welcome addition to our sporting life and all involved in making this happen are to be congratulated.
The karting in the “Coalfield titles” did suffer from a reduced entry list and limited competitors, but this did not detract from the driving skill on show especially from the younger drivers. The cadet 12 race was an exciting event where all of the eventual place getters struggled against each other in a titanic battle that saw them driving three abreast into the first corner on three consecutive laps. The eventual overall winner was #26 Ethan Feather -2nd #96 Ty O’Neill – 3rd #60 Carter Mobbs.
The cadet 9’s also proved an enthralling race to witness with the young drivers #2 Steel Nesbitt competing against girl racer #55 Maddison Feather, they also swapped the lead numerous times during the 3 heats and final, with Maddison #55 prevailing in the final but Steel Nesbitt #2 winning the overall competition on the day after count back based on the fastest qualifying time.
The Moto X action in Clermont on Saturday did suffer an inauspicious start when it was discovered that the track had been overwatered and required a front end loader to scrape away the excess mud so racing could begin, so 2 hours later!
As a photographer you get there early just to wait and wait until the action begins, in the hope you will get “the shot ” at the end of the day and you didn’t get “the shot”, you go through your images captured and realise you didn’t do such a bad job and have captured a bit of the drama that happened in front of your lens. Winners on the day apart from the riders were the parents and people who donate their time to either be a flag marshal or work in the canteen or volunteer their time over the two days and allow Motorsport to flourish in all parts of this country.
Class winners over the weekend are listed below
Junior Lites 2 – #927 Tye Jones
50cc Auto – #497 Heath Fisher
Masters – #82 Peter Stapleton
Ladies – #F41 Nicole Kenny
Mini Lites 9-12yrs – #143 Lachlan Hawkins
Mini Lites 12-16yrs -#4 Zachary Watson
Senior Open – #16 Luke Weaver
Clubman Open – #476 Ashley Carvolth
65cc 7-10yrs – #497 Heath Fisher
65cc 10-12yrs – #163 Lachlan Hawkins
Junior Lites 4 – #927 Tye Jones
Senior Lites– #927 Tye Jones
Clubman Lites -#207Benny Streeter