WHILE Aussie car fans everywhere spent last Sunday glued to their TV screens for the spectacle that is Bathurst, another fiercely-contested car race has just been staged.
The cream of the Sunshine Coast car sales industry crop gathered at the Big Kart Track Landsborough on Wednesday night for the third annual 2012 DRIVE Go Kart Challenge.
About 60 staff from such esteemed businesses as Garry Crick Autogroup, Garry Crick Prestige, Caloundra City Autos, Audi Centre, Pacific Motorgroup, Ken Mills Toyota, Daddows, Martin Jonkers Toyota, A Cullen and Son, John Page Nissan, Ray Grace Truck Centre, Madills Motors and Sunshine Coast Mazda gathered to challenge for the prized Drive Go Kart Challenge Cup.
On a balmy, clear October evening racers of all ages and skills tested their mettle and threw the go karts around the track with reckless abandon - and mixed results.
The final was a thrilling affair, with many racers crashing through tyre walls or spinning off their track as they desparately tried to haul in a runaway leader in Troy Connolly of Garry Crick Nambour.
However, Troy's competitors' efforts were in vain and he raced home to win by the proverbial country mile.
Claiming second place on the winner's podium was Gunther Kettniss of Ray Grace Truck Centre.
The bronze went to Audi Centre's Dave Wylie.
Models from Yandina-based Dolle Models added a touch of glamour to the evening and waved the chequered flag on the winning car.
The winning racers were also awarded prizes such as Gold Coast holidays, car packs and luxury accommodation, courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Daily and its Saturday motoring liftout, Drive.