|by Troy Thompson||9 February 2017|
Truly awesome weather greeted the opening round of the Western Cup at the Hurricane Go Kart Club in Wundowie, although flooding the week before did make for a very interesting track that had many drivers scratching their heads chasing the winning setup. Having said that, there were several that absolutely nailed it by qualifying on pole and winning every race, which is a huge achievement against fields of the “best in the west”.
Above: James Howe upside down in pre-final 1 of KA3 Light (pic - Brooke Maisey)
State Champion Thomas “Mr Part Time” Schou dominated the KA3 Light class and showed the large gaggle of former juniors how it’s done. KA3 Junior graduates Keb Evans and Jakson Timmer completed the podium. Two red flags in four races for the class isn’t ideal and hopefully everyone settles down for the next round.
Above: Victory in KA3 Light went to Tom Schou (5) (pic - Brooke Maisey)
Cadet 9 saw a great battle between State Champ Jackson Mitchell-Rosenauer and Nash Ferraro. Nash went into the final with the lead but DNF’d handing the meeting to the State Champ. Nash still managed third for the meeting and Kai Roggio finished a fantastic second.
KA3 Masters were led all the way with a masterful performance by John Ray. Paul “Hugger” Hughes and Roy Tester fought out a close battle for the minor placings with Hughes coming out on top.
Open Performance saw one very evil beast of Praga kart with twin Vortex DVS motors win every race. The pilot, Glenn Fisher did an awesome job of controlling it and taking the day over Nathan Will and class rookie Jack May for third.
KA3 Junior saw “Flying” Flynn Thompson almost pull off a perfect meeting with pole position, four race wins, lead every lap but one and three fastest laps. His Flatout powered Arrow was on rails to finish ahead of Ryan Bender’s FK Kart & Chase Hoy who managed the fastest lap of the final in his Kart Force powered Italkart.
Above: Flynn thompson, KA3 Junior winner, leads Ryan Bender (pic - Andrew Hooper)
Cadet 12 is one of the best classes to watch again this year, the depth of the field is impressive. A big field fought it out with Jack Clohessy taking victory over Caleb Sumich and second generation karter Jett Demarte. These boys will have plenty of great battles over the years to come.
Above: Cadet 12 form up, Jack Clohessy #2 and Lachlan Marshall #43 on the front row ahead of Brandon Locke (6) and Jett Demarte (8) (pic - Andrew Hooper)
Both the TaG 125 Restricted classes were a bit low on numbers to previous years for some reason. Brad Smith took victory in the Medium class over the “Kalbarri Express” Gavin Kennedy and P plater Bryce Moore grabbed the win after a great battle all day with Daymon Nicoli in the Light class.
Junior KA4 Light saw two very talented Cadet 12 graduates take the top 2 places. Mason Harvey had his Deadly kart hooked up with a clean sweep of the meeting ahead of Max McRae in his Arrow. Jacob De Cerqueira rounded out the podium in third.
Above: Junior KA4 Light winner Mason Harvey (29) alonside Max McRae (18) followed by Riley Trager (60) and Liam Cain (6) (pic - Brooke Maisey)
KA3 Medium showed up with good numbers and Jason Betts was the class of the field at his home track over State Champ Braedyn Bowra and Jordan Morris. Betts had to overcome a DQ in qualifying and still managed three race wins.
Above: Jason Betts, 1st KA3 Medium (pic - Andrew Hooper)
TaG 125 Light saw the cat amongst the pigeons with the “Flying Welshman” Darryl Henderson showing incredible pace in his Rotax powered Gillard kart to take three massive wins in an X30 dominated class. Daniel Curry finished a solid second and KA3 Junior graduate Bart Horsten took a fine third place overall in his Riccardo kart.
Above: Daryl Henderson enjoyed a clean sweep of TaG Light (pic - Andrew Hooper)
Junior KA4 Heavy was won convincingly by the pocket rocket Jacob De Cerqueira, who only had his colours lowered in the final by Max Whiting who took second for the day over Kieren Ellis in a consistent third.
TaG 125 Heavy saw 22 drivers battle it out. In the end, local lad Taylor Thomas managed to come away with four close fought wins in his CRG kart. Robert Hooper kept him honest in second place with Daniel McLeod filling the final podium spot.
Above: Taylor Thomas won TaG Heavy (pic - Brooke Maisey)
All in all, it was a great day of racing, thanks to all the officials and volunteers who help make the meeting happen, you all did a fantastic job.
Next round of the Western Cup is at the Mid-West Kart Club in Geraldton on 25th March, hope to see you all there.
1. Jackson Mitchell-Rosenauer, 2. Kai Roggio 3. Nash Ferraro
1. Jack Clohessy, 2. Caleb Sumich, 3. Jett Demarte
Jnr KA4 Light
1. Mason Harvey, 2. Max McRae 3. Jacob De Cerqueira
Jnr KA4 Heavy
1. Jacob De Cerqueira 2. Max Whiting, 3. Kieren Ellis
1. Flynn Thompson, 2. Ryan Bender, 3. Chase Hoy
1. Tom Schou, 2. Keb Evans, 3. Jackson Timmer
1. Jason Betts, 2. Braedyn Bowra, 3. Jordan Morris
TaG 125 Restricted Light
1. Bryce Moore, 2. Daymon Nicoli, 3. Tom Bowsher
TaG 125 Restricted Medium
1. Brad Smith, 2. Gavin Kennedy, 3. Robert Barakat
TaG 125 Light
1. Daryl Henderson, 2. Dan Currey, 3. Bart Horsten
TaG 125 Heavy
1. Taylor Thomas, 2. Robert Hooper, 3. Daniel McLeod
WA Open Performance
1. Glenn Fisher, 2. Nathan Will, 3. Jack May