Preview: Tasmanian Statewide Series, Round 1

press release 2 February 2015

Event;        Round 1 Tasmanian State Wide Series
Sponsor;   WT House Betta Electrical
Club;           Circular Head Kart Club
Track;         Briant Park, Smithton
Date;          Sunday 8th February

The 2015 Tasmanian karting season really kicks into action this weekend with Round 1 of the State Wide Series.

The Circular Head Kart Club has the honour of conducting the first round of the four round series in what should be a very interesting year for karters here in the island state.

With the introduction of the pathway motors the state wide series will be a real test for the state to maintain the numbers of karters.

Karting Tasmania has worked hard in the off season to help the transition from the old Yamaha J & S to the new IAME KA100.  Karting Tasmania will be allocating a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for both the new and old motors across the series with both engines eligible for the coveted red plate.

The Briant Park track will be in its full glory with a midsummer meeting that has attracted entries in the mid-eighties.

Starting with the new Cadet 9 and Cadet 12 classes which will see a sprinkling of the new Mini Rok engines on display. Ethan Wyllie (NWKC)  winner of the Cadet state title last year will be out to start his Cadet 12 season off with another victory but will have some tough opposition from Jesse Keeling(STKC), Fletcher Bellars (STKC), Callum Bishop (STKC), and local Logan Dixon (CHKC). Cadet 9 will see Jake Delphin(LKC), Kayla Sheals(NWKC), Xavier Renshaw(STKC)  and Launceston’s Toby Callow(LKC)  battle it out at the front.

Junior National see’s the biggest field of the meeting and also the class with the most pathway motors in use. JNL will be a ding dong battle with no less than 7-8 drivers in contention for the win including defending champion Jackson Callow(LKC). JNH will see a new champion crowned with 2014 champ Johnah Slater(NWKC)  moving to seniors, last year’s runner up Lachlan Newman(STKC)  looks the one to beat though.

Senior National Light looks to be a tough class to pick a winner from with defending champion Bodie Reading heading the list along with the Slater brother and Gemma Wyllie(STKC)  . Senior National Heavy also looks tight on paper with Murray Dadson(LKC) , Daniel Hinds(CHKC), James Pinfold(STKC)  and Alastair Lee(LKC)  all having claims as outright favourite.

Clubman light will be the only clubman class that has gained the required entry numbers with Shane Bray(NWKC)  heading the list together with Tabatha Badger(STKC).

TaG Restricted Light and Heavy are both eligible for the red plate with Light looking like a battle between Kayd Donnelly(LKC), Adam Garwood(LKC)  and Joel Toon(LKC), in Heavy defending champ Brodey Lovett(NWKC)  looks the man to beat.

Over 40s has had a name change with Masters pro and Super Heavy now on offer. Masters pro will see the 2014 Senior National Heavy Champ Johnathan Males (LKC)  make his series debut in the class for the elderly and looks the yard stick, he will see some tough opposition however from Freddy Cocca(LKC), reigning State Champ Michael Vaughan(STKC) and Scott Hildyard(STKC).  In Super Heavy the departure of the Sheahen Brothers and Shane Toon (LKC) to TAG 125 and the retirement of Scott Wrigley the title race is wide open with Terry Pinfold(STKC) perhaps the one to beat.

Above: Event sponsor WT House Betta Electrical

TAG 125 has gained some new drivers this year and both light and heavy producing good fields. In Light Jade Waddington(NWKC)  will be out to show his experience in the class as a host of clubman drivers have moved to this class including Brody Appleby(NWKC), Alastair lee(LKC)  and Nathan Zuj(LKC). Also making a return to racing this year is Ulverstone’s Waylon Sims(NWKC). Likewise in Heavy a number of clubby drivers have moved and Jake Rice(NWKC)  will need to be on his toe’s to keep Troy Stone(LKC), Jacob Morris(NWKC), James Fitch(LKC)  and the returning Jeff Dickson at bay.

With the weather forecast at a beautiful 26deg the start of the 2015 State Wide Series should be a cracker.

(CHKC) – Circular Head Kart Club
(LKC) – Launceston Kart Club
(NWKC) – North Western Kart Club
(STKC) – Southern Tasmanian Kart Club


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