Karters take the lead at CQ Series finals in Emerald

ROARING START: Racing gets under way in the TAG Restricted division during the CQ Series final at Emerald.
ROARING START: Racing gets under way in the TAG Restricted division during the CQ Series final at Emerald. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emekart

EMERALD karter Tarina Rix put her best foot forward at the Central Queensland Karting Series Finals in Emerald on Saturday.

Despite racing as the only female competitor in her CQ Sportsman Y Light category, the trailblazer finished fastest in three of her four rounds contested to place a narrow second overall.

The staging of the series finals at the relatively new Central Highlands Motorsport Facility was a major coup for the not-long established Emerald Kart Club.

It was also lauded as one of the first big tests for the track under a day/night format - something which, given the right funding, the club hoped to host more of in the future.

Emerald club spokesman Brett Aird was blown away with the standard of competition.

"The quality of racing out there was superb," Aird said.

"It was just good, hard, clean racing."

Home-grown karter Chris Armstrong might have been just off the pace in the CQ Sportsman Y Heavy division at the weekend but he has been quick to find his feet after a few years away from the track.

"He's been a karter since he was young," Aird said. "But he went away from it for a while and just started to get back into it."

Thankfully the rain held off almost to the end of racing, with the final round of Cadets the only race affected.

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