The 2018 racing season at Slideways Go Karting World was the best yet, with growing fields and ever competitive racing.
Some of the highlights included:
- Night racing and midweek racing
- Alternating reverse and normal track direction events for all categories
- First Australian all female hire kart race series
- The introduction of the Sodi weight box system, ensuring a level playing field
- A free bonus practice race for all early bird entries
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Slideways Enduro Series
Now in its third full season, there was a changing of the guard in the Enduros, with GJK Racing stepping up to claim the title in a winner takes all finale.
With five round wins from nine events, the team of Gavin, Jackson and Keenan Faulkner claimed the final three event victories to round out a brilliant year in both the sprint and team format races.
Second overall for the season were Global Action Photography, with team drivers Pete Brown, Jake Albertson and Camron Robertson joined at stages by Matt Hudson and Tom Brown.
After claiming the opening two wins of the season, the team finished second in all but one race.
Streamline Karting were another squad to jump up in the final standings, with drivers Jacques Goodman, Phil Edwards and Christian Bishop always a formidable combination.
All told, 25 teams entered various races during the season.
1. GJK Racing – 7757
2. Global Action Photography – 7620
3. Streamline Karting – 5268
4. 1788 Kangaroos – 5086
5. HP Racing Australia – 2091
6. SMH Racing – 1599
7. Notorious B.U.S. Drivers – 1508
8. GTR – Girls That Race – 1004
9. Ark Em – 917
10. Bunji Kangaroos – 908
Slideways Sprint Series
After 10 rounds, it was Jackson Faulkner who wound up on top of not only the Slideways Sprint standings, but also the Sodi World Series pointscore for Australia, earning an invite to the 2019 World finals in Spain.
A total of 11 race wins for the year at Slideways Go Karting World saw Jackson claim 37th overall in the worldwide standings for the year from the nearly 8,000 registered participants.
Jackson also scored the Best & Fairest prize of a test drive in the Slideways Hyundai Excel race car.
Second overall for the year was another strong showing from Christian Bishop, who picked up a pair of race wins along with numerous podium placings.
It was a massive year for third place Liam Hydes, who not only successfully retained his Slideways (and Australian) Junior titles, but also raced in Enduros and the Sodi World Series Finals in Italy, where he qualified on pole in the Junior section.
For his first year in senior sprints, he won a total of three races.
1. Jackson Faulkner – 25117
2. Christian Bishop – 20348
3. Liam Hydes – 20222
4. Michael Seeto – 17786
5. Phil Edwards – 17650
6. Gavin Faulkner – 16247
7. Keenan Faulkner – 12028
8. Clayton Hydes – 9753
9. Robert Fernandez – 9295
10. Leighton Cook – 7635
Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup
New for 2018, the Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup went right down to the wire, with awesome racing from the leading drivers throughout.
In the end it was Amanda Rohde who just held on after a late charge by young gun Olivia Herbison, who stepped up after claiming the Cadet title in 2017.
After 10 rounds, only 50 points split the top two, the equivalent of less than one position on the race track.
Chloe Buck was consistent throughout in claiming third overall, while Chloe Herbison was awarded the Best & Fairest, as a total of 23 participants faced the starter in the series’ inaugural year.
1. Amanda Rohde – 21749
2. Olivia Herbison – 21699
3. Chloe Buck – 14809
4. Mel Thompson – 10938
5. Chloe Herbison – 5956
6. Juliette Russell – 5337
7. Tracey Overell – 5065
8. Lucie Loiselet – 2652
9. Bianca Williams – 2250
10. Rebecca Blacker – 2142
Slideways Cadet Racing Series
As reported earlier, Matthew Scholten was the class of the Cadet field for racers aged 7 to 11 years old, being pushed all the way to the title by Daniel Sullivan and Carter Skewes.
Even with an expanded grid of Cadet karts, the field was more often than not split into two, which by season’s end had also reached capacity.
Look for some of these Junior speedsters to step up in class for 2019, with a total of 32 racers facing the starter throughout this season.
1. Matthew Scholten – 22987
2. Daniel Sullivan – 20979
3. Carter Skewes – 19021
4. Brayden Hill – 18960
5. Luke Wilson – 15006
6. Zachary Naylor – 14313
7. Lachlan Trevillien – 13883
8. Jack Hurley – 7784
9. Bodhi Norman – 7662
10. Juliette Bogart – 7089
Slideways Junior Racing Series
Liam Hydes made it two from two in the Junior racing ranks, although he didn’t have it all his own way, with 2017 Cadet champ Olivia Herbison right on the money by the end of the year.
With a field high on talent, Jude Livermore had the consistency to break through for third at the end of 10 rounds.
A total of 29 12 to 15 year old drivers competed in the Juniors throughout 2018.
1. Liam Hydes – 21322
2. Olivia Herbison – 21252
3. Jude Livermore – 18293
4. Lewis Spencer – 16223
5. Charlie Edwards – 13880
6. Juliette Russell – 12044
7. Chaad Hewitt – 10640
8. Corey Kai-Fong – 8432
9. Ethan Bryson – 8287
10. Leo Ninness – 7344