5th Straight VSKC Championship For Occhipinti

press release 2 December 2013

Russ Occhipinti has just won the VSKC Rotax Light championship for the fifth straight year.  Making it more incredible, Occhipinti continued racing with a kart that is now over 20 years old.

“I built the first one in 2007 originally as an 80cc kart, then I converted it to the 125 Rotax class, as it turned out it won a national title in 2011 in the Rotax Heavy class with Steve Milner driving, which prompted me to build another kart, an old Mac Minarelli which I re-engineered to comply with current spec vehicles.” Occhipinti said

He beat home a talented field which included former junior national champion Tim Clarke to claim the individual driver’s honour at a special presentation on Saturday night.

“It’s an absolute honour to win this prize again and it wouldn’t have been possible without my supporters, Woodgate racing engines, guitar house, Ace karts, the Victorian Superkart Club”, Occhipinti said.

“It was a hard season battling with Tim and it’s nice to be recognized for the hard work put in by the team.”

The style with which Occhipinti wrapped up the series in the final round at Calder tells the tale.

It was a clean sweep as he raced home first in every race to seal his fine season.

“It was a nice way to finish,” he said. “It’s always tough to put in a whole weekend of work with the team, so to get the success in that fashion is very rewarding.”

Russ is now setting his sights on a national title in 2014,  

“I have yet to win a national championship in this class so I’ll be throwing everything into it next year. I would like to thank all the people at the Victorian superkart club for all their hard work, also all my support from Guitar House, Woodgate racing, Ace karts, and my personal trainer, my wife Sofia Occhipinti” said Russ.



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