Tasmanian Statewide Series, Round 1

by Simon Conroy

The Karting Tasmania Statewide Series Round 1 was held over the weekend at the Circular Head Kart Club, Smithton Tasmania.

The weekend was a great success, and there were some wins and hard luck stories – Fletcher Bellars from the Southern Kart Club drove superbly throughout the 2 days winning each of his 3 heat races only to break a chain on the roll up laps for the final and retire. Ethan Wylie then took the start and led the entire race.

Ethan Wyliie (14) leads the KA4 Junior field to a start. Fletcher Bellars (44), Logan Dixon (64), Tyson Phegan (6), Tyson Crocker (16), Alexander McMillan (3), Patrick Short (86) (pic – Mark Johnson)

Cadet 12 provided very entertaining racing in all heats and the final including a last corner racing incident which claimed Ollie Richardson, thus deciding the race. Denzil Sergeant took the win from Elliot Bellars and Emily Williams who worked her way through for a very well deserved 3rd place.

Emily wasn’t the only female to make the podium with Launceston Kart Club’s Caitlin Fitch winning the final of the TaG Restricted Heavy class in style from Allan Sheehen and Shane Toon.

Cooper Synfiled (31) and Phillip Cowles, Cadet 12 (pic – Mark Johnson)

Jordy Distill set the pace all day in KA3 Senior Medium winning all heats. The Final was a close fought race at the head of the field with Mitch Evans coming out on top from Jordy Distill and Troy Stone in third.

Like wise in Cadet 9 Mitchell Conroy was the pace setter in the heats only to spin on the first lap of the final and recover to make his way back to second from George MacMillan who took his first ever spot on the podium and first place at that. Third was Rhys Jeffrey.

Mitchell Conroy (37), George Macmillan (17) and Kahley Luttrell (45), Cadet 9. (pic – Mark Johnson)

New drivers were also recognised in each class. The Provisional Driver of the Day as selected by race officials was Marcus Geary of the North West Kart Club in the KA4 Junior Class.

The on track battles will resume at the Launceston Kart Club 19th and 20th May for Round 2.

Cadet 9
1st George MacMillan NWKC
2nd Mitchell Conroy NWKC
3rd Rhys Jeffrey NWKC


Cadet 12
1st Denzil Sargent NWKC
2nd Elliot Bellars STKC
3rd Emily Williams LKC

KA4 Junior
1st Ethan Wylie NWKC
2nd William Blair STKC
3rd Logan Dixon CHKC

Matthew Peck (23) and Patrick Short (86), KA4 Junior (pic – Mark Johnson)

KA4 Masters
1st Johnathon Males
2nd Sam Walter

TAG Restricted Light
1st Brodie Saward
2nd Calvin Broad
3rd Jonty Darcy

TAG Restricted Medium
1st Shane Stonehouse
2nd Daniel Hinds
3rd Troy Sheahen

TAG Restricted Heavy
1st Caitlin Fitch
2nd Allan Sheahen
3rd Shane Toon

TAG 125 Light
1st Lachlan Dalton

Marcus Geary (42) and Matthew Peck (23), KA4 Junior (pic – Mark Johnson)

KA3 Senior Medium
1st Mitchell Evans
2 Jordan Distill
3rd Murray Dadson

KA4 Masters J
1st Malcom Watson

Circular Head Kart Club would like to thank WT House Better Living for sponsoring their round. Statewide Series Sponsors are Andrew Walter Constructions, Spreyton Fresh and Renshaw Stone.

NWKC Northwest Kart Club
STKC Southern Tasmania Kart Club
LKC Launceston Kart Club
CHKC Circular Head Kart Club