Riders raced around the Mountainview track last weekend, not even the wet weather enough to slow them down.
Riders raced around the Mountainview track last weekend, not even the wet weather enough to slow them down. Debrah Novak

Fine line between winning, losing

KEN Shephard knows of the fine line between staying upright and ending up on your backside.

It's the same line that separates winning and losing.

At the Grafton Kart Club's round two of the North Coast Road Racing Club Championships last weekend, rival Warren Swift again stayed on the right side of the line at the right time. Shephard did not.

“He fell off in race one and I fell off in race five,” said Shephard, who unfortunately has made a habit of finishing behind Swift.

“We finished with 100 points each but because of the countback, whoever finished better in the final won.

“That's one thing that racing teaches you: the difference between staying upright and ending up on your butt is a fraction of a second.

“But it's just good fun. You take it on the chin and keep going.”

In tough conditions, a smaller than usual number of competitors turned out. Many Brisbane riders pulled the pin on an appearance due to the wet weather.

“We had so many offs during the day,” Shephard said. “You go from racing to trying to stay upright. You have to tip-toe around the track.”

The third round of the series is at Coffs Harbour on May 14-15.



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