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Wollongong's First Picton Race Meet

by Cody Gillis 12 March 2013

On Sunday 10th March, Wollongong Kart Club held its first race meet for 2013 at Picton Kart Track. It was great racing all day, with competitors trying to work out their way around the track and pit crew figuring out the fastest set up for the new venue.

By the time finals came around the drivers had an idea of the track and were starting to determine the best places to pass and where to hold it flat.


Jaiden Pope was strong all day taking a clean sweep with Aaron Turney and Jordan Giannopoulos battling for second place. When it came to the final Turney went with Pope and contested for the lead before getting caught up with back markers. Overall all the cadets did a great job with everyone improving throughout the day.

1st  Jaiden Pope
2nd Aaron Turney
3rd Jordan Giannopoulos
4th Dylan Debono
5th Angus Wallace


Even though there were only 3 rookies the racing was still great to watch. Lewis Hodgson proved too strong for Daniel Cassar and Luca Krkovski with another clean sweep for the weekend.

1st Lewis Hodgson
2nd Daniel Cassar
3rd Luca Krkovski

Junior National Light

During the day it was close racing between John Iafolla and Josh Car, sharing heat wins between them. Car came out on top for the prefinal securing a pole position start for the final. In the final Iafolla battled hard with Car for the lead crossing the finish line in first followed closely by Car with Jessie Attard in 3rd.

1st John Iafolla
2nd Josh Car
3rd Jessie Attard
4th Harrison Morabito
5th Luke Scanu

Junior National Heavy

Another small class which produced some good racing all day. In the final all drivers were within one tenth of each other but it was Gus Flynn that came out on top followed closely by Harrison Morabito and Alex Waters.

1st Gus Flynn
2nd Harrison Morabito
3rd Alex Waters

Junior Max

Once again with only 3 competitors Junior max drivers battled it out amongst themselves. Luke Scanu had a successful day of racing coming out on top in front of Keiran Fairlie. Unfortunately in the final Kiara Beattie had a DNF with exhaust problems.

1st Luke Scanu
2nd Keiran Fairlie

Junior Clubman

With a field of 5 Christopher Sandrone and Alex Waters battled all day but unfortunately on lap 5 of the final Sandrone outbroke himself into turn 2 causing him to spin. This left Waters with a big lead and an easy drive to the checkered flag. In Second was Glen Ormerod on his debut in clubman, driving his new Karting World Tony Kart followed by Alex Attard in third. After his win in Junior National Light, also in his debut in clubman, John Iaffola finished in 4th.

1st Alex Waters
2nd Glen Ormerod
3rd Alex Attard
4th John Iafolla

Senior National Pro

After great racing all day between Shaun Tidyman and Anthony Borg it was Tidyman who came out on top after many passing manouvers over the 12 laps.  In another battle Mitchell Fredericks and David Mills were fighting for the final place on the podium with Fredericks taking the 3rd place trophy.

1st Shaun Tidyman
2nd Anthony Borg
3rd Mitchell Fredericks
4th David Mills

Clubman Light

In the final for clubman light it was Josh Seiffert that got the jump over Dean Henry-Smith. With the exact same times in the final race of a 30.126, Henry-Smith managed to secure the win by 2.5 tenths.

1st Dean Henry-Smith
2nd Josh Seiffert
3rd Scott Harris
4th Mitchell Scullion

Clubman Heavy

The final for clubman heavy saw Domenic Marciano keeping up with the clubman light competitors and win the heavy category by 7 seconds over Ronald Arnold and Kyle Jackson in 3rd.

1st Domenic Marciano
2nd Ronald Arnold
3rd Kyle Jackson
4th Mitchell Leeson
5th James Taylor

Tag 125 Light/Heavy

In the Lights Ryan Suter was able to secure 1st place convincingly crossing the line 2 seconds in front of George El Hazouri and Angus Murphy. In Heavies it was close racing between Victor Roy and Jeffery Tresidder for all 12 laps, but Roy managed to take the win.

1st Ryan Suter
2nd George El Hazuori
3rd Angus Murphy

1st Victor Roy
2nd Jeffery Tresidder
3rd Raymond Stilp

Tag Restricted Light/Heavy

With a fair few new comers to the sport Tag restricted had a few extra competitors for the day. In the light category the top 3 drivers raced hard for the whole final with numerous lead changes. Nick Namini proved too strong for his fellow competitors and snatched the win over Warren Southwell and Nathan Godina. In heavies it was Chad Sugden who was able to win his first ever race over Mark Jensen and Christian Mertens.

1st Nick Namini
2nd Warren Southwell
3rd Nathan Godina

1st Chad Sugden
2nd Mark Jensen



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