by Troy Thompson
The 8th annual Arise Racing King of the Hill was run in great weather conditions with a format that was new to WA karters. The Seniors ran on Saturday & the Cadets & Juniors raced on Sunday.
The feedback from competitors was extremely positive after the event. Personally, I enjoyed not having to take Friday off work just for practice, there were enough sessions each morning for drivers to dial their karts in.
TAG 125 Restricted
The event always features the TAG 125 Restricted classes, highlighted by a particularly large field of 30 Mediums (still can’t get used to saying that), the big fellas were out in force. Their King of the Hill for 2017 was Adam Cornick who dominated the meeting in his Energy Kart, P plater Neil Power was second with Troy Stewart in 3rd.
The TAG 125 Restricted Light King of the Hill was Tom Bowsher made it two in a row with 4 wins, Roy Tester was second and P plater Mitchell Hade drove consistently for a fine 3rd.
Kip Foster absolutely dominated the TAG 125 Light class this day making sure he stayed ahead of the carnage behind him, he won every race, he even won the final by 7 seconds over TAG rookie Shae Thompson. Young Cory Minton was second overall with the evergreen Adam Levi driving with a level head to take 3rd on points.
State Champ Simon (Gumby) Gwilliam showed the heavies how it’s done in him FK with pole and winning every race. Bayley Bell bought his buggy home in 2nd overall with the persistent Lewis Shugar grabbing the bronze in his CRG.
KA3 Light was lead all the way by State Champion Tom Schou until 6 laps from the end of the final when his accelerator jammed, sending him into the dirt for a DNF. This enabled the Gillard pilot Daryl Henderson to take the overall win, Schou managed 2nd on points with Bradley Nock scraping in for third.
KA3 Medium was mainly a race between Jason Betts & Jayden Peirce, with Betts taking a clean sweep while Peirce was snapping at his heels. Shae Thompson bought his Arrow home in third place overall after overcoming a few issues early in the meeting.
WA Open Performance
Jason LeCocq lead a strong field of 15 Opens all the way in his twin Rotax to take the gold from Blake Preston who finally had a meeting without a DNF and Nathan Will driving consistently for the bronze.
WA KZ Series
This professionally run series will produce their own report, however Jake Klarich took home the spoils in the final from Simon Gwilliam and Daniel Currey. The guys put on a great display of racing.