Record entries highlight another spectacular meet
HE may have been itching to get back into a kart himself to try and defend the title he won last year but John Martin couldn't hide his delight at the results that he and the committee of the Coffs Harbour Kart Club had created. As the finals were being raced yesterday afternoon in glorious sunshine, Martin knew that another successful East Coast Over 40s Titles meant another step in creating even better driver facilities at the Hawthorne Drive track could now be reached. "We've had a record number of entries," he boasted. "The club's had fantastic support of the canteen which means we've made a lot of money over there. "Now we're going to put that money into next year and we're going to have a new out grid here." Record numbers are no surprise for an event that is becoming an unofficial national titles, especially considering that compliments about the long weekend titles are more common than a bicycle in Beijing. "The word around the pits is that everyone's had a fantastic time regardless of the weather," Martin added. "They wouldn't have this event anywhere else because Coffs Harbour's such a fantastic location with fantastic accommodation and you've got the Jetty with all the restaurants. "This is the feedback we're getting from people from all over Australia." And when Martin says all over Australia, he means it. "We had 17 drivers from Tasmania this weekend but they've come from further away than that," he said. "A guy from Western Australia had his kart shipped across and then flew, and we've had guys from as high up as Cairns." Not even the inch of rain that fell Saturday afternoon could put a dampener on the weekend and Martin found his own positive spin to put on the wintry conditions that the club has managed to avoid in the past. "We've had one day of pouring rain and one beautiful day so it's really given us a test of the driver's all-round ability."