Winners Crowned at RKA F100 Cup

The 2017 Retro Karting Australia F100 Cup for Light and Heavy was raced at Stony Creek in Victoria on Saturday.

The meeting was the third and final round in RKA’s F100 National series. An impressive 40 Formula 100 drivers had entered (20 Lights and 20 Heavies – last year was 13 and 15 respectively), mostly from Victoria but many interstaters as well.

Held in cold and sometimes wet conditions, getting tyres to ‘switch on’ was a real issue. In fact, on a track that appeared mostly dry for the pre-final and finals, those using wets never chewed up their rubber. Of those using slicks, it was only the drivers who really worked the kart hard who could generate some temperature to throw a challenge for the lead.

Top 3 results and race wraps are below. Full results on MyLaps HERE.

The 2017 F100 Cup drivers (pic – Steve Dansie)

F100 Light
1 Mars Gheorghiu (Monaco)
2 Jace Lindsrom (CRG)
3 Paul Kendall (Top Kart)

Last year’s winner Jason Pringle qualified fastest in the wet ahead of Matt Wall (“I just love the layouts of these country tracks”). Jace Lindstrom and Stony Creek regular Toby Clifton.

Wall then carded wins in both heats and the pre-final.

For the final, more drivers fitted slicks. Wall led Lindstrom off the start, but couldn’t get the kart to bite, then faded with brakes issues. Lindstrom (slicks) enjoyed a gap to the rest, however Mars Gheorghiu (wets) came through, got by Lindstrom and pulled away. Further back Jason Pringle (started P10 on slicks) was moving forward, eventually catching Gheorghiu and setting fastest lap to get into the lead. But a lap and a half to go, Pringle spun the kart into retirement. Gheorghiu took a 12 second win over Jace Lindstrom with Paul Kendall enjoying his best result of the day in 3rd (from P11)


Start of the F100 Light final, Wall leads Lindstrom, Lee Uhlhorn, Darryl Tolmer and Shaun Atherton (pic – Mark Wicks)
F100 Light Cup podium (pic – Steve Dansie)

F100 Heavy
1 Barry Ryan
2 Paul McKinnon (Mike Wilson)
3 Rick Pringle (CRG)

The talking point for Heavies was the same as Lights – tyres; slicks or wets?

Front row starters Patrick Parry (pole) and Rick Pringle elected slicks. Row 2 starters Barry Ryan and Paul McKinnon stayed on wets. Wets won.

Parry just couldn’t get his kart to turn and quickly fell back as Ryan and McKinnon moved to the front. It was a fairly straight forward race for the two, Ryan winning by 2.2s over McKinnon. Rick Pringle was charging towards the end, pulling up just a couple of tenths short of McKinnon, whose 2nd place gave hims the series win for Heavy.

Pringle had earlier qualified pole and won the opening heat. Ryan won heat 2 while Parry killed ’em in the pre-final taking a 7.9s win.

Pre-final winner Patrick Parry (23) leads the tight opening corners in the F100 Heavy final ahead of Rick Pringle (35), defending champion Paul McKinnon (1) and Barry Ryan (pic – Mark Wicks)
F100 Heavy Cup podium (pic – Steve Dansie)
Post race interview with F100 Light winner Mars Gheorghiu (pic – Mark Wicks)
F100 Heavy champion Barry Ryan (pic – Mark Wicks)

TaG 125 Support class
1 Jordie Lindstrom
2 James Dean
3 Kurt Woodward

A decent number of starters were expected in the TaG Light and Heavy support classes, however with the locals racing a club meet the following day, most of them decided to stay home! James Dean won the heats and pre-final ahead of fastest qualifier Jordie Lindstrom, but in the final, the Formula K driver struck back for the win.

TaG 125 winner Jordie Lindstrom (pic – Mark Wicks)
Rick Pringle, 3rd F100 Heavy (pic – Mark Wicks)
F100 Heavy Cup winner Barry Ryan (left) with Neil McAuley (pic – Mark Wicks)
Paul McKinnon having a serious dip at turn 1 of the final! (pic – Mark Wicks)
Understeer V oversteer – Patrick Parry and Paul McKinnon demonstrate on the opening lap (pic – Mark Wicks)
(pic – Mark Wicks)
Simon Dartell (left, with non-Red Bull spec footwear) and Leigh Williamson (pic – Mark Wicks)
F100 Light Cup winner Mars Gheorghiu (pic – Mark Wicks)
Glenn Riddell (164) and Neil McAuley (42) came together in the final of Light (pic – Mark Wicks)
Jason Pringle’s chain snapped when pushing out for the final. Family pit crew got a new one thrown on in time to make the start (pic – Mark Wicks)
Jordie Lindstrom push starts Jace for the Light final (pic – Mark Wicks)
Josh Pontello raced Vas Filips’ Birel in F100 Heavy, coming home 6th despite half a brake pad missing (pic – Mark Wicks)
SA’s Darryl Tolmer aboard Jolly Kart (pic – Mark Wicks)
Matt Wall and Ashley Cutchie (pic – Mark Wicks)
Wets or slicks? (pic – Mark Wicks)
Last minute switch to slicks for Shaun Atherton, F100 Light (pic – Mark Wicks)
Wash bay was busy (pic – Mark Wicks)
Like many of the karts at the event, Steven Riddell’s Birel Torsion was prestine. The wet ruined that (pic – Mark Wicks)
Adlo Di Stefano was 4th in the F100 Heavy final (pic – Mark Wicks)
Paul Thompson qualified P2 in F100 Heavy but DNFd the Final (pic – Mark Wicks)
Paul Kendall (122), Matt Wall (150), Jason Pringle (1) (pic – Steve Dansie)
Gus van Velzen, F100 Heavy (pic – Steve Dansie)
Trouble for Glenn Riddell on the roll up (pic – Mark Wicks)
Mars launches across the chicane kerbs (pic – Steve Dansie)
Rick Pringle and Barry Ryan clash over track space (pic – Steve Dansie)
Leigh Williamson ahead of Chris Uhlhorn (pic – Steve Dansie)
Jace Lindstrom (pic – Steve Dansie)
F100 Heavy series podium (pic – Steve Dansie)
F100 Light series placings (pic – Steve Dansie)