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Another Biggie: Vic Country Series, Rnd 4

Another Biggie: Vic Country Series, Rnd 4
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Republished from kartsportnews

by Andrew Hayes, AHR Media

The Hamilton Karting Club has successfully hosted Round 4 of the DPE Victorian Country Series, which incorporated the 23rd annual Handbury Cup.

Tricky conditions in Hamilton. Vic Combined Medium form up, Alex Baker (19) and Remo Luciani (20) (pic – Pace Images)

189 entries took on the undulating Buckley Park Circuit over
the two days, with qualifying held in sunshine on Saturday afternoon. Whilst
most expected it to be wet all day on Sunday, the opening round of heats were
held in cool, dry conditions. The changeover point was the Cadet 9 heat two,
where a mixed bag of tyres rolled out the grid, by the next event all drivers
were on wet tyres.

The event ran smoothly, and there was some stunning performances, along with the usual tales of heart break.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom – Jarred Farrell (44) and Jake Krasna (75), KA4 Junior Light (pic – Pace Images)
  • full results on speedhive HERE
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  • More photos by Pace Images – Saturday gallery, Sunday gallery

CADET
9 (12 Entries)

Cadet 9 was first out for qualifying, and when the results shook out it was Mathew Basso on pole position (34.973), almost three tenths clear of second place. Basso was joined at the head of the queue by fellow series front runners, William Calleja, Ewan Anderson and Chelsea Humphrey. SA’s Mitchell Burgemeister setting the fifth fastest time.

Cadet 9, Chelsea Humphrey ahead of Aston Hill (44), Mitchell Burgemeister (88) and Riley Harrison (24) (pic – Pace Images)

Heat one of Cadet 9 was the opening event of Sunday’s
proceedings and despite most anticipating a wet track, conditions were dry.
Basso drove away from the field in the opening event to win comfortably by 8
seconds. Anderson was Basso’s nearest rival until a late race setback had him
in fifth place. Calleja grabbed the opportunity to slide past for second spot.
A last lap, last corner battle between Humphrey and Aston Hill resulted in
Anderson grabbing third, ahead of Humphrey and Burgemeister.

FASTEST LAP: Mathew Basso 35.424

Rain fell as the Cadet 9’s were on the grid for their second heat, with a mixture of wet and dry shod karts leaving the grid. The conditions may have changed, but the class of the field was still Basso as he again recorded a substantial 7.5 second win. The win was made all the more impressive by the fact that Basso was on slick tyres in the rain. Not to be outdone, second meeting racer Lewis Kucina used his wet tyres to his advantage as he overcome inexperience and the rain to escalate to second from tenth on the grid. Although his charge came to an end, and he dropped down the field, he showed real glimpses for the future. Second eventually went to the first of the wet weather shod karts in Humphrey, ahead of Anderson also on slicks. Calleja finished fourth ahead of a much improved Cayden Humphrey.

Track was drenched for Cadet 12 heat 2 (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Chelsea Humphrey 48.591

Anderson grabbed the lead at the start of the final, however
it was just two laps before Basso regained the ascendancy. Basso went on to win
and complete the clean sweep, and despite a late race spin in the esses, he
lapped all karts up to third. Anderson and Calleja duked it out for the
remaining spots on the podium, and after some dicing Anderson moved clear to
finish second ahead of Calleja in third. Chelsea Humphrey home in fourth, ahead
of Hill who finally got the top five he missed out on in heat one.

FASTEST LAP: Mathew Basso 48.068

1st Mathew
Basso (Oak), 2nd Ewan Anderson (Port), 3rd William
Calleja (Oak)

VIC COMBINED MEDIUM
(15 Entries)

Vic Combined Medium looked like a strong class on paper,
with a few inclusions for this round adding to the mix of the usual contenders.
One of those inclusions was SA’s Daniel Boorman, who promptly grabbed pole
position (32.322). Hot on his hammer and less than two hundredths off was Remo
Luciani, who had been the form driver of the class in the series. Another
strong qualifying effort saw Phil Zentai claim third ahead of Andrew Harvey and
Barry Clough.

Boorman made the best of the Heat One start, taking the lead
in the early running. By the middle of the race Luciani made his move for the
lead, and continued on to win the heat. Boorman stayed right in his shadow,
fighting off Harvey to take second place ahead of Zentai, who had a relatively
lonely race. Round 1 Winner Alex Baker and Clough staged an epic battle for the
duration of the race, swapping spots regularly and never far from one another.
Clough eventually got the better of the duel to clinch fourth over Baker.

FASTEST LAP: Remo Luciani (32.305)

The rain had hit by the time heat two got underway, and unlike the Cadets, all drivers were on wet tyres. Luciani was the master of the class at Cobden in the rain, and he showed that kind of form once again as he recorded a 4.9 second win. Some of the other wet weather specialists began to emerge as the field was reshuffled. Baker and Mick Angwin moving up to second and third as they handled the conditions better than some others. Harvey was home in fourth, ahead of Vern Kranz, who definitely likes the rain.

Remo Luciani (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Remo Luciani 37.542

The final went green without Zentai and Boorman, the two
early front runners both out of the running. It mattered little as Luciani
romped to his third consecutive final win, this one by 12 seconds. Second place
belonged to Angwin, who would be pleased after he had ran the earlier rounds in
the Heavy class. Kranz used his wet weather skill set to his advantage again to
take the final spot on the podium. Mal Mason was also speedy in the conditions,
and took until the last lap to overhaul Baker, those two home in fourth and
fifth respectively.

FASTEST LAP: Remo Luciani 38.161

1st Remo
Luciani (Wimm), 2nd Mick Angwin (Ball), 3rd Vern Kranz
(Oak)

KA4 Junior Light (10
Entries)

Christian Cowie once again proved he is the master of qualifying in KA4 Junior Light, adding another pole position to his collection. Cowie’s time of 31.582 was 3 tenths clear of last round winner Matthew Domaschenz and Jake Santalucia. Harrison Campbell and Jarred Farrell rounded out the top five.

KA4 Junior Light start their final, Matthew Domaschenz 92 and Christian Cowie 15 on the front row (pic – Pace Images)

Heat one belonged to SA’s Cowie, as he led from start to
finish to win by 5.2 seconds. The battle for second wasn’t so clear cut, as
Domaschenz and Santalucia went at it all race long, before Santalucia got the
upper hand on the final circulation. Campbell, Jake Krasna and Farrell were all
very evenly matched in this race, with fastest laps within a thousandth. At the
chequer it was Campbell and Krasna that filled the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Christian Cowie 31.829

Heat two was significant as it changed the trajectory of the weekend, as rain and Domaschenz arrived simultaneously. Domaschenz was supreme in the conditions, winning by 10.7 seconds and lapping 8 tenths faster than the nearest competitor. Krasna made a decisive move on the opening lap, moving from fourth to second. He would hold that position to the flag, having a comfortable buffer over Santalucia in third. Cowie had to settle for fourth, only just ahead of Cadet 12 graduate Brocklan Parker.

FASTEST LAP: Matthew Domaschenz 37.049

KA4 Junior Light 10 Oscar Maloney proving the bucket is still a great solution for an airbox cover (pic – Pace Images)

More of the same in the final, as Domaschenz proved to be in
a league of his own, winning by 15 seconds despite battling a head cold. Krasna
put a real stamp on his weekend to remain the best of the rest, and raced to a
very credible second place. Krasna again had a comfortable margin over third,
finishing 11 seconds ahead of the impressive newcomer Parker. Campbell and
Farrell completed the top 5, the last karts on the lead lap and some 30 seconds
adrift.

FASTEST LAP: Matthew Domaschenz 37.088

1st
Matthew Domaschenz (Geel), 2nd Jake Krasna (Mild), 3rd
Brocklan Parker (Port)

CADET 12 (25 Entries)

Whilst not being oversubscribed like the previous round at Cobden, Cadet 12 had one of the bigger fields of the weekend, and was littered with potential threats. As qualifying drew to a thrilling conclusion, SA’s Ben Holliday looked to have taken pole position. However another part of the story was yet to be written as Angus Hall snatched the pole (33.879) by just one thousandth of a second as the session ended. Behind Hall and Holliday, Leo Iannella and Xavier Avramides were also within a tenth of the pole time, with Ryan Newborn not much further off in fifth.

Cadet 12: 30 Juan-Felipe Forero, 9 Domenic Kucina and 81 Levi Dauncey (pic – Pace Images)

The opening heat was a lights to flag run for Hall, as he
made the most of the dry conditions to win by a small margin. Avramides and
Holliday battled on the opening lap, but settled in that order for the rest of
the race. Iannella was another to hold his place throughout, finishing in
fourth ahead of Tyce Hodge, who moved up a position to fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Xavier Avramides 33.866

Turmoil at the opening corner of heat two, as Holliday was sent spinning into the catch trap in the now wet conditions. The big benefactors being Iannella and Toby Dvorak, as they made their way to the front of the field. Iannella prevailed to take the win by 3.6 seconds, ahead of Dvorak, who had remarkably come from tenth to second on the opening lap. Hall consolidated to take third ahead of the twins Cadel Ambrose and Hodge.

Leo Iannella takes the Cadet 12 win (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Leo Iannella 43.933

Iannella proved to be the master of the conditions once
again in the final, opening a decent margin before cruising to victory by 5.3
seconds in a very complete performance. Ambrose continued his march up the
order to snare second ahead of Hall, who drove well all weekend. Fourth to the
flag was Ethan Briggs, after a staggering drive from sixteenth at the start.
Holliday resumed his place in the top five, after starting in ninth place.

FASTEST LAP: Leo Iannella 44.060

1st Leo
Iannella (GKCSA), 2nd Cadel Ambrose (Oak), 3rd Angus Hall
(Oak)

TAG HEAVY (8 Entries)

The King brothers added another to their list of Tag Heavy
pole positions this year, this time it was Adam going fastest (31.379), just
three hundredths ahead of Scott. Nicola Schmidt and Aaron Jackson were next in
the queue, just ahead of Nicholas Roberts, as just seven tenths separated the
field.

Heat one belonged to Adam King, as he made the most of his
pole position start to lead every lap on his way to the win. Scott was right on
his rear bumper for the entire race, but was unable to overhaul his brother.
Jackson set the fastest lap of the race on his way to third, ahead of the duel
for fourth between Schmidt and Beau Humphrey.

FASTEST LAP: Aaron Jackson 31.574

Scott King took just two laps to assert himself on heat two, moving ahead of Jackson and Adam before cruising to a 1.7 second victory. The wet conditions were definitely to Scott’s liking, and he looked comfortable at the front. Adam, Jackson and Schmidt were spread out for second, third and fourth, but Ray Dumesny got the better of Roberts to round out the top 5.

TaG Heavy winner Scott King leads Aaron Jackson and Nikola Schmidt (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Scott King 36.563

The final started dramatically, turn one contact between
Adam King and Jackson, saw King plummet to the rear of the field. What ensued
was reminiscent of Portland where he charged his way back to the podium. Third
would ultimately be his result, as Scott King drove to a clinical victory,
winning by 10.6 seconds. It marked a third consecutive round win for Scott.
Splitting the brothers for second was Schmidt, who performed well and showed
real emotion to finally clinch a VCS podium. Jackson was fourth across the
stripe, however a post race penalty slotted him in behind Dumesny in fifth
place.

FASTEST LAP: Scott King 36.881

1st Scott King (Port), 2nd Nikola Schmidt (GKCV), 3rd Adam King (Port)

KA3 Junior (8
Entries)

KA3 Junior looked open for the taking this weekend, and it was no coincidence that the top 5 in qualifying had all recorded podium finishes in this year’s series. Ethan Brown put himself in an ideal position by taking pole position (31.428). Jaxon Johnstone, Bronson Boult and Ethan Bray were all within two tenths of pole, whilst Isaac Woodhouse was further back in fifth.

Pole position agreed with Brown in heat one, as he drove
smart to record a 1.7 second win, bucking the trend of his epic comeback drives
from further down the field. Despite many battles during the race, the top five
remained the same, with Johnstone, Boult, Bray and Woodhouse filling those
positions again.

FASTEST LAP: Ethan Brown (31.561)

The pecking order got a bit of a shake up in heat two as
conditions worsened. Johnstone made the best of the conditions to grab the heat
win ahead of Boult and Brown as the top three spread out. Samuel Gibson made
his first appearance in the top five for the round, racing from seventh to fourth,
finishing just ahead of Bray in fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Jaxon Johnstone 36.555

Tyson White loses a wheel in the opening heat of KA3 Junior (pic – Pace Images)

Johnstone was untouchable in the wet final, adding his
second round win of the season as he won by a staggering seventeen seconds. His
drive was superb and sat rightfully up there as one of the drives of the
weekend. Boult had a consistent weekend to again stand on the podium with
second place, ahead of Gibson, who recorded his first VCS podium for the 2019
season. The two Ethans, Brown and Bray rounded out the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Jaxon Johnstone 36.473

1st Jaxon
Johnstone (Warrn), 2nd Bronson Boult (MGKC), 3rd Samuel
Gibson (Oak)

VIC COMBINED MASTERS
(15 Entries)

A dominating force in the Masters class had emerged over the
previous two VCS rounds, and it was therefore no surprise to see Phil Smith top
the timesheets in qualifying (32.035) at Hamilton. The margin was more of a
surprise, as Smith found himself four tenths ahead of Ash Mitchell in second
place.  Alan Roberts and Leon Forrest
both ran strongly in third and fourth, whilst Andrew Stubbs was remarkably
fifth after a huge practice shunt forced him back into his old kart.

Smith was clearly in his own league in the opening heat, as
he crushed his rivals in a supreme drive that netted a 7.3 second victory.
Roberts held second position in the early running, until contact with third
placed Mitchell resulted in Forrest sneaking through on both and Roberts
running up the grass.  Mitchell would
finish third after Forrest held him off till the end, however Roberts slumped
to thirteenth. Vern Kranz and Murray Swayn came from the middle of the field to
complete the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Phil Smith 32.178

Even when the rain hit, it was still Smith heading the field
in heat two, winning by a smaller margin but again setting the fastest lap.
Mitchell found the second place that he had craved in heat one, finishing ahead
of Matt Crane. Crane started fourteenth, recovering from a wiring issue that
saw him not complete a lap in qualifying and a lost battery in heat one.
Forrest held on for fourth place ahead of Ron Taylor, who had also come from
the clouds after not having his transponder on in heat one.

FASTEST LAP: Phil Smith 37.010

The big question heading into the final was if anyone could
deny Smith a clean sweep of the weekend and his third round win of the season.
The record books will say no, but it was very nearly a different story. Smith
drove superbly once again, but by mid race he came under fire from a rampaging
Crane, who had started seventh. Crane looked to have the speed to break Smith’s
reign on the class, but ran wide as he mounted his first attempt to pass. Such
was his speed that he caught back up to Smith by the time they set off for the
last lap, but had to settle for second behind the benchmark driver of the
weekend. Forrest and Mitchell were together again, this time it worked out in
the favour of Forrest, who grabbed the final podium spot. The unusually quiet
John Page snuck into the top five for the first time in the final.

FASTEST LAP: Matthew Crane 36.980

1st Phil Smith
(GKCV), 2nd Matthew Crane (Ham), 3rd Leon Forrest (Wimm)

TAG LIGHT (15
Entries)

Qualifying was very tight in Tag Light, the top 13 karts separated by less than a second. When the chequered dropped, it was Will Carroll at the top of the timesheets (30.774), just 2 thousandths ahead of James Sera in second place. Third place was a good start for Harley Benson’s first race of the year, finishing just ahead of Nathan Williams and Matt Wall.

The TAG Light battle in the dry: 26 Kai Allen followed by brothers Harley (15) and Maverick (51) Benson (pic – Pace Images)

Carroll got away well to lead the early stages of heat one
in overcast conditions, before Sera made his move and took over at the front
and was never headed. Carroll continued his strong form to finish second ahead
of a battle pack that included Kai Allen, Jordan Rae and Harley Benson.

FASTEST LAP: Harley Benson 31.121

Heat two in wet conditions mixed up the order as it had done
in many of the proceeding classes. Opening heat winner Sera was a notable
absentee as the lights went out. Carroll again best out of the blocks, but the
lead was again short lived, as Rae moved to the lead on lap 2. Allen plummeted
down the order at the same time, dropping from third to eleventh on lap 3. Rae
continued on to win, despite an engine misfire that threatened to derail his
campaign.  Maverick Benson emerged in
second place after working his way forward from sixth, laying down the biggest
challenge to Rae. Curt Sera was another driver on the march, moving from
seventh to the third to finish ahead of the always hard charging Luke Fong and
Carroll.

FASTEST LAP: Kai Allen 36.957

Will Carroll, TaG Light winner (pic – Pace Images)

Carroll once again to the lead at the start of the final,
but this time he went on with the job to secure the first win since his
comeback to karting. Mav Benson overcame Rae in the opening laps, which proved
to be the start of the decline for Rae, as mechanical issues dropped him down
the order to tenth. Benson held down second place until the middle of the race
before Allen steamed through with genuine pace to take second. Benson’s
challenges didn’t end there, as Fong threw the kitchen sink at him on the last
lap, culminating in a last corner drag race to the line. Benson home in third,
just ahead of a gallant Fong and the consistent Williams.

FASTEST LAP Kai Allen 36.766

1st Will
Carroll (Warrn), 2nd Kai Allen (MGKC), 3rd Maverick
Benson (Ham)

KA4 Junior Heavy (18
Entries)

KA4 Junior Heavy had been won by the same driver at each of
the previous three rounds, and his absence at Hamilton had several candidates
ready to fill the top spot. The driver to put his hand up first was Johnny
Hill, who had been unlucky not to have won a round this year. His pole time of
32.821 was just a tenth ahead of two hard chargers, Max Fahey and Braden
Clark.  Seth Burton and Nathan Pozo also
looking for a part of the action in fourth and fifth.

The action was tight in heat one as Hill and Clark went to
war, swapping places and also several momentum switches. Hill eventually got
the better of the dice, but it was just a taste of what was to come for those
two drivers. Burton and Maximus Chudasko swapped positions twice for the race,
once at the start and the other on the penultimate lap. Burton did enough for
third, Chudasko in fourth ahead of Jay Racovalis.

FASTEST LAP: Johnny Hill 32.933

KA4 Junior Heavy: 88 Johnny Hill, 18 Braden Clark, 5 Seth Burton, 3 Maximus Chudasko (pic – Pace Images)

The wet conditions did nothing to separate, nor alter the
front running duo, as again Hill and Clark raced hard at the front of the
field. Hill taking the honours over Clark once again, as Liam Pollard moved
into the top three as the conditions came to him. Third was a position held by
Chudasko early on in the race until a loose rear bar ended his campaign.
Racovalis and Toby Waghorn spent plenty of this race together and switching
positions as they worked their way up the order, Racovalis fourth ahead of
Waghorn at the line.

FASTEST LAP: Max Fahey 38.402

The final rolled out with the promise of a new round winner,
and it was near impossible to pick a winner. As they had done all weekend, Hill
and Clark headed the pack and fought tooth and nail for the elusive win. After
lap after lap of challenges and manoeuvres, it looked as though Clark had made
the decisive move on lap nine and was on his way to victory, however Hill had
other ideas. On the second last lap Hill put a move on Clark that would define
the weekend and also hand him the clean sweep of all sessions. Clark was
admirable in second in what has been the standout weekend of his series. Fahey
did as he always does and raced back into contention after some misfortune in
the heats, landing in third after another stirring run. Pollard and Burton
capped solid weekends with fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Braden Clark 38.200

1st Johnny
Hill (GKCV), 2nd Braden Clark (Oak), 3rd Max Fahey
(SWest)

VIC COMBINED LIGHT
(28 Entries)

Combined Light was the biggest field of the weekend, and sat right on the bubble of oversubscribing, when qualifying got rolling it was Andrew Sotiropoulos continuing his grip on the class. Remarkably, with Sotiropoulos’ pole time of 31.582, the next seventeen drivers were within a second of the mark. Terry Rankin continued his strong Cobden form to sit second, just ahead of the Warrnambool pole man Lachie Swayn. Regular podium finisher Jono McKean posted the fourth fastest time, just ahead of the defending series champion Joseph Clough.

Vic Combined Light had the biggest field of the day with a capacity 28 karts (pic – Pace Images)

Rankin made the most of the start of heat one, but it wasn’t
long before Swayn made his move and managed the race from there. McKean got by
Rankin on lap four, holding onto that position until the end as Rankin slipped
down the order to fifth. Sotiropoulos crossed the line third but was later
penalised and demoted to sixteenth, handing defending Hamilton winner Derrick
Rodgers third place and Rankin a spot to fourth. Cobden pole winner Dave Menzel
rounded out the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Andrew Sotiropoulos 31.690

McKean proved his credentials as a serious contender with a
stellar run to victory in heat two. Right on his rear bumper was Rankin, whose
improvement has been hasty. Rodgers was comfortable in the slippery conditions
as he once again held down third place ahead of the drive of the race from Alex
Ryan, who had started in twelfth. Swayn didn’t have his usual pace in this one,
but held on for fifth place.

FASTEST LAP: Terry Rankin 36.329

Vic Combined Light winner Andrew Sotiropoulos (pic – Pace Images)

The big field set of for the final in the hands of pole
sitter McKean, who looked comfortable at the head of the queue. By lap six
though, Sotiropoulos had charged his way from eighth to take over the lead.
From there McKean gave chase as the two picked through the lapped traffic, also
bringing Rankin into the pursuit of the leader as the race went on. At the flag
though, it was Sotiropoulos taking his third win of the season, ahead of McKean
and Rankin. Rodgers completed another strong weekend in fourth, whilst Ryan
proved he’s one to watch in fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Andrew Sotiropoulos 36.453

1st Andrew
Sotiropoulos (Oak), 2nd Jono McKean (Warrn), 3rd Terry
Rankin (Warrn)

KA3 Senior Light (20
Entries)

KA3 Senior Light has only seen two round winners this season, so it was only fitting that Nathan Williams and Jack Bell were both involved in one of the more dramatic finishes to qualifying for the day. Bell looked to be set to grab pole position as he entered the pits, only to be toppled by a last ditch effort from Williams. The top nineteen drivers were within a second of Williams’ time (31.267). Bell, Joel MacPherson and Nik Ryan were all within a tenth of the pole, with Jobe Stewart a tenth further back.

Kerb time for Jobe Stewart (pic – Pace Images)

Heat one saw many of the drivers retain their positions
lights to flag, with minimal overtaking after the early laps. The exception to
that was Bell and MacPherson, who traded places several times before Bell drew
clear for the opening win. McPherson held onto second ahead of Williams, whilst
Ryan and Stewart held sway in fourth and fifth for the distance.

FASTEST LAP: Joel MacPherson 31.375

The start of heat two in the rain looked to be more of the
same as Bell and MacPherson led the field in the early stages, although this
time in a line of stern. This all changed on lap eight as Stewart rounded up
both of the leaders in the one lap to snatch the win away. Bell home in second,
MacPherson third ahead of Ryan and Williams, who both had lonely races after
the start.

FASTEST LAP: Jobe Stewart 36.104

Tony Kart 1-2 in KA3 Senior Light, Jack Bell (37) winning ahead of Joel MacPherson (42) (pic – Pace Images)

The Final was a very intense race, as the combination of the
weather and slower karts threatened to influence the result. But for the third
consecutive round, it was Bell who did the business, finishing just ahead of
MacPherson. Bell complemented the courtesy of the lapped drivers post race,
after they had noticeably made it easy for the faster karts. Stewart made it
three podiums for his three VCS rounds this year by taking the chequer in third
place. Ryan was a contender all weekend in an improved showing, and fourth was
a solid result. Winston Smith also had his best run of the weekend in the
final, clinching a top five finish.

FASTEST LAP: Joel MacPherson 35.928

1st Jack
Bell (Oak), 2nd Joel MacPherson (Oak), 3rd Jobe Stewart
(Port)

KA3 SENIOR MEDIUM (15
Entries)

KA3 Senior Medium again had good numbers as the class
continues to build, importantly injecting a fresh new group of youngsters into
the field this season. One of those young tyros, who has been on the podium at
every round is Taine Venables, and he put the first marker down for pole
position (31.641). Defending KA4 Heavy champion Daniel Hookway put himself on
the front row, just ahead of Cobden winner Mitch Mackay. The unashamed Hamilton
kerb lover Aaron Jackson snared fourth, ahead of Todd Chambers.

Venables let his intentions be known with a commanding
lights to chequer win in the opening heat. Mackay got the better of Hookway at
the start, and they held those positions to the flag in a largely uneventful
race. Chris Thomas jumped up to fourth at the start, and finished there, ahead
of Chambers who had overcome Jackson, who slipped to ninth by the end of the
race.

FASTEST LAP: Taine Venables (31.818)

Heat two got underway and again it was Venables at the head of the queue, leading the opening three laps before it began to become apparent that tyre condition was an issue for the youngster. Jackson was the first to swoop, holding the top spot until Thomas came on strong towards the end to grab the lead on the penultimate lap. Thomas the winner ahead of Jackson, Scott King using his wet weather skill to move up to third. Jackson Hodgetts was also ascending, putting some nice laps together to move from eighth to fourth. Venables banking some handy points with his fifth place finish.

Christopher Thomas won KA3 Senior Medium (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Chris Thomas 36.352

The final race of the day and the final for KA3 Medium got
underway with Thomas leading the field away. And after what could be considered
a dry spell by his high standards, Thomas broke through to win in a calculated
and classy drive. Mackay jumped from eighth to third in the opening two laps,
and eventually got the better of Hookway, after the latter had held down second
place early. Jackson and King exchanged places on lap seven, Jackson getting
the upper hand in the battle for fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Mitch Mackay 36.302

1st Chris Thomas (Geel), 2nd Mitch Mackay (Swest), 3rd Daniel Hookway (Warrn)

(pic – Pace Images)

PRIZE WINNERS:

DPE Superstore voucher winners – Each karter picked up a $100 DPE voucher just for racing.

  • Levi Dauncey
  • Jordi Belton
  • Sam Newell
  • Phillip Eastham
  • Maverick Benson

Patrizicorse Bridgestone Tyre Winners – Both drivers picked up a set of Bridgestone tyres just for turning up

  • Ewan Anderson (Cadet)
  • Maximus Chudasko (Junior)
Vic Combined Light: 22 Steven Malkin scything through the esses (pic – Pace Images)

Dunlop Kartsport DK17 voucher winners – There were plenty of Dunlop Kartsport winners at Hamilton!

$50 Voucher

  • Hamish Allen
  • Jacob Dowlin
  • Alex Ryan
  • Jobe Stewart
  • Ashton Hill
  • Ethan Bray
  • Daniel Golightly

$25 Voucher

  • Barry Clough
  • Daniel Linke
  • Matthew Nietz
  • Jake Krasna
  • Robbie Turmine
  • Cayden Humphrey
  • Ben Holliday
  • Sophie Mansbridge
  • Daniel Hookway
  • David Menzel
  • Nick Ryan
  • Chelsea Humphrey
  • Josh Clay
  • Jarred Farrell
Combined Masters: 31 Anthony Taylor close to a big moment with one wheel off track and one in the air (pic – Pace Images)

Kartworx K1 Custom Racesuit voucher winners – Each picked up a $100 voucher towards a Custom K1 Racesuit thanks to KartWorx

  • Cadet: Ethan Briggs
  • Junior: Jay Racovalis
  • Senior: Terry Rankin

That’s a wrap of a great weekend of racing, with some awesome racing and some supreme driving in tricky conditions.

The Series resumes at Horsham on September 14&15.

KA4 Junior Heavy Toby Waghorn pointing out the new Pace Images sticker (pic – Pace Images)

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