Launceston Kart Club member Johnathan Males wins national title at Australian Kart Masters in Coffs Harbour

On track: Launceston karter Johnathan Males in scintillating form. Picture: Angryman Photography
On track: Launceston karter Johnathan Males in scintillating form. Picture: Angryman Photography

Launceston Kart Club member Johnathan Males has claimed a national title.

Males won the KA4 masters class at the Australian Kart Masters meeting at the Coffs Harbour Kart Club in NSW.

Males joined North Western Kart Club members Troy Sheahen, Allan Sheahen and Shane Stonehouse to compete in the TaG restricted masters class with the support of the Andrew Walter Construction Motorsport Academy.

The academy normally provides assistance for young drivers to compete on the mainland at rounds of the Australian Kart Championship but this time helped out the over 40s competitors.

Stonehouse also claimed a national championship in his class after defending dhampion Troy Sheahen qualified on pole.

The meeting was, however, cut short with torrential rain hitting the Coffs Harbour area on Saturday morning.

The entire complex was flooded, forcing organizes to cancel the finals with the championships decided on the finishing order of the first heat which both Males and Stonehouse won.

Allan and Troy Sheahen finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Interestingly, Males was to compete at the same meeting last year but was unable to attend due to the severe flooding that hit Northern Tasmania and prevented the Spirit of Tasmania from sailing.

Males, who has been racing karts for 30 years, said he was thrilled with his win and paid tribute to his father, Peter, who had started him out in karts when he was a kid and still helps out at local meetings.

Launceston Kart Club also passed on its congratulations to Males on becoming a national champion.

The next Launceston Kart Club meeting will be held on Saturday, July 1, featuring the KA3 Clubman Cup with multiple champions Nathan Zuj and Zane Wyatt keen to add their names once again to the list of previous winners.

There will be free entry for spectators with full canteen facilities available. The Launceston Kart Club is located on Pipers River road, Turners Marsh.