NSW Speedway Kart Championships

By Brian Van De Wakker 14 June 2013

The Central Coast Speedway Kart Club hosted the 2013 NSW AKA Dirt Kart Titles last weekend and the racing throughout was first class. Michael Saller was the big winner taking two blue plates, but Garry Morris, Andrew Sayre, Tim Beattie, Daniel Sayre and Donald Stevens also took their rightful place on the top step of the podium.

Over the years Garry Morris had not been able to shake off the monkey on his back, until last weekend when finally, after years of trying, took his first ever state crown. Morris never looked troubled in the twenty lap final leading from start to finish and was relatively relieved after taking the win. The minor placing’s on the podium were hotly contested. Matthew Fahey ran second for most of the race until Peter Archer got around him in the closing stages. Archer held on for second with Fahey completing the top three.

Andrew Sayre was thrilled when he claimed the NSW Rookies State Title for 2013
Above: Andrew Sayre was thrilled when he claimed the NSW Rookies State Title for 2013
pic - Brian Van De Wakker

After starting on the outside of the front row, Andrew Sayre went on to take the win in the Rookies class. Kaidon Brown had a great weekend to come home comfortably in the second spot. Liam Camilleri held off a train of karts as Luke Geering and Zak Blanch tried their hardest to get into the top three throughout the middles stages. But no one could get passed Camilleri has he held his nerve throughout the entire twenty lap final to hold onto third.

Clubman Heavy proved to be a fantastic race. Matthew Elliot took the early lead after starting from the pole, but Michael Saller was quickly making a charge after starting from third. Saller hit the lead on lap five, as he did however, a caution came out which put him back to second. At the restart Wayne Baines came on strong as he went underneath Saller and into second. It was a three way fight for first as Elliot took the charge out in front. With just four laps remaining Baines and Elliot drifted up high in three and four, Saller went to the bottom and overtook both of them putting him in the race lead. From that moment Saller never looked back and in the process defended his Clubman Heavy title that he won back in 2012.  Wayne Baines came home second with Matthew Elliot third.

A slidejob on the opening lap gave Tim Beattie the state title win in KT Light. He held off a hungry Leighton O’Brien and James Melling for the entire twenty laps to take the win. Daniel Gow was in amongst the fight for a podium finish on the final lap. He had second going into the final turn before a late dash to the line meant he would come home fourth.

Michael Saller achieved more than he expected, winning titles in Clubman Light and Heavy
Above: Michael Saller achieved more than he expected, winning titles in Clubman Light and Heavy
pic - Brian Van De Wakker

Daniel Sayre dominated the Junior final winning by almost an entire lap. On Sayre’s final lap he was just one tenth off the current lap record underlining his shear pace across the weekend. Lachlan Caunt capped off a great weekend by coming home second and Matthew Geering made his way onto the podium in the closing stages to complete the top three.

In KT Heavy Donald Stevens was too strong taking the win from start to finish. The win meant that Stevens retained the blub plate after claiming the State Title back 2012. Les Green experienced a difficult final day of racing, but he came back with a vengeance after finishing second in the final. The battle was on though for the final spot on the podium. Young lady racer Amy Shute was holding off the experienced duo of John Watton and Jamie Dicker. Watton managed to get down the inside of Shute going into turn three in the closing stages and held on for third. Shute kept Dicker at bay and took home fourth while Dicker completed the top five.

Clubman Light proved to be an exciting race as Michael Saller won his second blue plate of the day and his first in Clubman Light. Saller never looked challenged until the closing stages when Jake Baines made a charge back through the field and into second. Hayden Sunderland came home third completing his stunning debut on the dirt.

  • Full results on AKA CMS HERE

The next meeting for the Central Coast Speedway Kart Club is the Alan Hann Memorial on July 14 where the club will take time to honor a wonderful man.



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