Ready, set, Wroe

TRAVELLING to China to take part in an invitation race in the SQ class was an opportunity that was too good to pass up for Maryborough's Paul Wroe.

The invitational race was held as part of the World Go-Karting Championships.

In an international field of 18 drivers, six Australian's competed in the event.

The race was held to showcase SQ racing and further its development.

It was a hard-fought race. The event was gridded up using a ballot system where each driver picked a number out of a hat and Wroe started 15th, making it a difficult race from the first lap for the experienced go-kart driver.

But Wroe, an engine builder and SQ dealer, was determined and was soon making ground on the other drivers. Wroe had what was hailed as the drive of the race, finishing second out of grid 15 and losing narrowly to Malcolm Hayes from Victoria.

Peter Pontello from New South Wales was third.

Wroe has been competing in go-karting for more than 40 years and he described the race as being one of the most interesting experiences of his career.

“It definitely was an experiences - I never thought I would have to opportunity to do something like this.

“I'm duly impressed and humbled by the whole thing.”

Wroe is happy with how he did in the race but reckons he could have done even better with a couple more laps.

“If the race had been another lap or two longer I could have won it.”

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