Australian Kart Masters 2018

from Troy Brown

The Geoff King Motors Australian Kart Masters held at Coffs Harbour on the June Long weekend was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

The rain stayed away which made for challenging and sometimes strategic decisions in the extended race format. Five races and a final for all classes, except TaG Restricted Medium which, as the largest class, had an extra reverse grid race thrown in.

TaG Restricted Medium form up for a start at Coffs Harbour, Christopher Nobbs (44) and Phillip Middelton (3) off the front row ahead of Greg Moores (67) and Bruce Otter (72) (pic – Coopers Photography)

A new qualifying shoot-out was introduced for the first time, to test the fastest qualifier from each class having to put together a 1 lap flyer to match or beat their best lap. In the end Jonathon Males KA4 Heavy took out the prize of a new set of AMV Wheels.

Fastest Qualifiers:

  • TAG Res. Med. – Dale McDonnel
  • TAG 125 Light – Aaron Rabjones
  • KA3 Light – Andrew Walker
  • KA4 Heavy – Jonathon Males
  • Tag 125 Heavy – Tony Bregonje
  • TAG Res. – Heavy Shane Tate
  • TAG Res. Light – Michael Schiller
  • KA3 Medium – Denis Butler
The fastest qualifiers (pic – Coopers Photography)

Racing was of a very high standard with most classes showing faster times than at the NSW Kart Championship the month before.

Class-by-class result:

KA4 Light
1st Gregory Ryan, 2nd Amanda Branson – not a lot of action for Gregory as consistent pace throughout the weekend made for an easy win

Open Performance
1st Peter Virgulti, 2nd Gordon Wells, 3rd Bill Miller – Rotax DD2 was the weapon of choice, not quite a clean sweep but performance was there when it was needed.

Masters Class of 2018 (pic – Coopers Photography)

Tag Restricted Medium
1st Nicholas Crawshay, 2nd Christopher Nobbs, 3rd Bruce Otter – With mixed results throughout the heats and a poor qualifying it was going to be an interesting final and who made the fewest mistakes. Multiple lead changes and brilliant passing setup an interesting final lap. With Bruce sizing up for the win with 2 corners to go it was a very late dive, but clean move from Chris that took the option away and left Nick with the win.

TaG R Medium getting to know each other better – Mitch Lozina (99), Craig Clarke (71), Winston Heywood (57) (pic – Coopers Photography)

TaG 125 Light
1st Aaron Rabjones, 2nd Tony Bregonje, 3rd Craig Fuller – Not much can be said about Aaron’s performance, he was untouchable, simply fast and consistent taking a clean sweep of every race. Nice drive by Tony holding off the local Craig Fuller with a slowing kart due to a broken reed pedal.

KA3 Light
1st Robert Reid, 2nd Mark Appleby, 3rd Andrew Walker – What a close race and the tightest of finishes for the weekend, Mark leading the whole final until 2 laps to go and then crossing the line with 0.193 between them.


KA4 Heavy
1st Jonathon Males, 2nd Grant Inwood, 3rd Andrew Walter – This was the gentlemen’s class of the weekend, clean close racing, multiple position changes but good hard racing, tough class to win with the large numbers.

TaG 125 Heavy
1st Troy Brown, 2nd Michael Osmond, 3rd Andrew Morgan – Definitely some strategic choices going on in the class, who would be able to keep tyres good for the final? Troy was able to win heat 2, 3, 4, 5 and final setting fastest laps in each race. With an easy 8 sec win in the final the competition had no answer.

Phil Smith and Amanda Branson talk secret VIC strategies (pic – Coopers Photography)

TaG Restricted Heavy
1st Dale McDonnell, 2nd Shane Tate, 3rd Peter Sloan – the big boys were out to have some fun, good to see the friendship and enjoyment that was displayed, with not much different in any of the top 6 times, the final was close with Dale taking the win in the end.

TaG Restricted Light
1st Michael Schiller, 2nd Stephen Donley, 3rd Brett Llewellyn – Michael Jumped to the leap in the final and was never touched, Stephen had a nice drive through the field to beat previous winner Brett in a close finish.

TaG Restricted Light pack – Rodney Laybutt (67), Allan Luff (77), Graham Dupond (19), Dean Grant (52) (pic – Coopers Photography)

KA3 Medium
1st Denis Butler, 2nd Nicholas Crawshay, Bruce Otter – This race got a bit more serious and accidents were bound to happen, so little time covered the top karts, with a couple of the front runners having a DNF. Dennis wasn’t going to let this one get away, he stayed out of trouble and drove to a nice win.

  • full results on speedhive HERE
KA’s National Masters Champions for 2018 (pic – Coopers Photography)

2018 Australian Kart Masters – Winners of the Grey Plates:
Open Performance – Peter Virgulti
TaG 125 Light – Aaron Rabjones
TaG 125 Heavy – Troy Brown
KA3 Senior Light – Robert Reid
KA3 Senior Medium – Dennis Butler
KA4 Senior Light – Greg Ryan
KA4 Senior Heavy – Jonathan Males
Restricted 125 Light – Michael Schiller
Restricted 125 Medium – Nicholas Crawshay
Restricted 125 Heavy – Dale McDonnell

Sundays traditional presentation dinner at Sawtell RSL was a great turnout and enjoyed by over 140 drivers, pit crew and families.

The club would like to thank Kelvin O’Reilly and Karting Australia for their support, Karting NSW, all the Officials and volunteers who put an amazing amount of work in to make this event happen.

Craig Beehag (2) and Rick Jones (28) lead the reverse grid feature class (pic – Coopers Photography)
Presentation stage at the RSL (pic – Coopers Photography)
John Pesqualie keeping the Hurst Developments going (pic – Coopers Photography)
(pic – Coopers Photography)
Drivers briefing with local member Andrew Fraser, NSW State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, and major Sponsor Geoff King (pic – Coopers Photography)
(pic – Coopers Photography)
Vintage karts had a run

Nicholas Crawshay on the scale after a KA3 Medium race. Phil Smith (7), Rick Jones (28), Greg Moores (67)