Firing on all cylinders
COFFS Harbour Kart Racing Club members travelled to Lismore for the final round of the Interclub Championship between Raleigh, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Lismore where a number of Coffs Harbour drivers took out the class Championship point score.
The talk of the meeting was Nathan Coleman who was the leading Coffs Harbour performer in the four race series with a very close third in the overall driver championship and winner of the clubman heavy class on the day.
He also won the clubman heavy class for the championship.
Coleman runs out of spark
In a field of 15 drivers Coleman came first from fourth in the first heat, second from 12th in the second heat and second from second in the pre-final.
In the final Coleman quickly made his way to the lead on the second lap and went out by 50 metres over the rest of the field with local champion Brian Adams and former Australian Champion John Baxter of Lismore trying to stay in touch.
With two laps to go of 18 laps Coleman who looked like he had the win, came onto the front straight and after tuning his carbie the sleeve of his race suit pulled the plug lead off the spark plug.
The kart rapidly began to slow with Adams and Baxter sniffing what would have seemed a certain upset, Coleman calmly reached down, took hold of the end of the spark plug lead, avoided something like 30,000 volts and simply put the lead back on just as Adams and Baxter caught him.
The Kart restarted and Coleman accelerated away and held them off over the remaining two laps to secure a not so comfortable but memorable win.