by Tiger Kart Club
A beautiful Summer day last Sunday greeted our enthusiastic members for our annual Triple Track Test & Have-A-Go Day.
This event incorporates 3 different track configurations for our competition racers, competing in combined fields. Along with the Inaugural 4SS Senior (4 Stroke Sprint) One Hour Enduro race, plus some very well attended Have-A-Go sessions for new comers, this event made for a very busy little race day. The regular highlight of this meeting is the usual turn-out of past karters coming along for a steer, after a long time out of the seat.
- Lots more photos from the Triple Track event are on the Andrew Hooper Photography Facebook HERE
- Results on Speedhive HERE
First round on the full track layout got proceedings underway – The TAG Masters / TAG 125 Restricted class were first out of the gates. The old fellas in the masters must have been a tad over excited with 3 wide racing and wheel banging going on through the opening lap, resulting in a bit of a bingle on the run to Hell’s Corner, with one competitor left on his back looking at the sky. Nevertheless the race carried on with Michael Clark winning the Masters and Marc Redmond winning the TAG 125 Restricted combined class.
Next out were KA3 Senior Combined with a very healthy grid of seasoned competitors and new drivers. Heat one went to Jeremy Duffy leading all the way from the start.
We had a strong group of WA Open Performance and TAG 125 Combined racers come along with 9 karts taking to the grid. The ultra fast racers are always cool to watch. Brad Smith won heat 1 in Open Performance and Chantelle Hall took the win in TAG 125.
The Junior combined class’s were up next on the full lay out – these youngsters raced hard and fast with Riley Trager leading home the KA3 Juniors. and Dylan Walker taking first blood in the KA4 Junjior Combined.
Last up for round 1 were the Classy Cadets – the track was packed with big fields of both Cadet 12 and Cadet 9’s combined – in a great display of racing Sachen Smith Wei won the Cadet 9’s, with Noah Lisle leading the competitive pack in Cadet 12’s.
We then jumped straight into the 4SS Enduro – congratulations must go to Wishy and his team on a very well thought out and co-ordinated format.
Congratulations to the group who are the driving force behind the 4SS class in WA for getting good numbers together for the first Enduro with 8 teams taking the start – there was a kafuffle in the first stint when Adrian Fogliani lost a wheel in the Thunder Dome, scattering the pack. The race settled down into a good rhythm with the girls leading the charge. Caprice Hall in her first run in seniors, and Tayla Dicker were off and running. The pit stops were well orchestrated and controlled by the officials and the drivers behaved themselves exiting and re-entering the track. There were a few spins and bumps through the remainder of the teams event but at the end of the hour, it was the father and daughter “Team Hall” standing on the top step. Well Done!!
Have A Go’s were up next and WOW!!!! If the interest shown in the have-a-go was a gauge of interest in our sport, we are in a very fortunate position with an estimated 60-70 people signing on. Congratulations again go to the officials on the day as this is probably the most stressful part of the year. Everyone behaved themselves and got out of the karts with massive smiles and high fives all round.
Round 2 was held on the very popular 750M layout – a fast, flowing and rewarding configuration when drivers get it right. The TAG 125 Masters and Restricted combined fields where back in action after their break between heats – this time after some great battles it would be John Brennan on top in the Masters class, and Daniel Clark took his turn at the front of the 125 Restricted class driving forward through the field throughout the race.
In KA3 Senior the pack racing was fast and furious – Braedyn Bowra led the field home to record victory. WA Open Performance and TAG125 combined roared back into life for race 2 – with the track layout getting faster, these drivers were working harder behind the wheel of their lightning quick machines. Mathew Chambers took charge to win the WA Opens and Chantelle Hall went 2 from 2 in TAG 125.
Junior KA3/KA4 Combined was up next – these kids continued to impress with classy driving and hard fought racing. Riley Trager took win #2 in KA3 JNR and Aiden Dekkers stepped up to the top spot in KA4 JNR combined with a great drive.
The Cadet 9 / Cadet 12 race was unfortunately marred by a nasty turn 1 crash resulting in a red flag – although there were some bruised and sore limbs amongst the kids and some bent karts we are pleased to report no one was seriously injured. Upon race resumption Campbell Thompson was victorious in Cadet 9 and Toby Maiolo visiting from Bunbury led home the 12’s.
The final round for this year’s Triple Track Test was held on the mega quick 565M Layout and over increased laps – unfortunately the very cool Tri Oval is no longer allowed to be used after a recent track inspection. However, the 565M Layout proved very popular with drivers and may just make its way into rotation for 2019.
The Clark family dominated this layout in the TAG 125 Masters / TAG 125 restricted field with Michael Clark taking the lead mid race to win the Masters and Michael’s son Daniel coming through to win the TAG 125 Restricted Combined final race.
In KA3 Senior the pace was fierce at the front – Braedyn Bowra would go back to back and win the final race of the day. WA Open Performance and TAG125 were awesome to watch on this layout, with 23 second lap times these guys and girls were flying – Brad Smith sealed the deal in WA Open Performance, Chantelle Hall finished off a dominate day clean sweeping TAG 125 Combined.
It was a great day of racing for the Hall family. The junior drivers performed brilliantly all day and their fast final was no exception. Riley Trager clean swept KA3 JNR and Bree Rhodes picked up the final win for the season in KA4 JNR combined – well done.
The Cadet final was unfortunately stopped by another red flag incident but once again there were no serious injuries – the kiddies must have been racing hard to impress Santa before Christmas.
Once racing resumed it was Sachen Smith Wei back on track after being involved in the race 2 bingle claiming the final race for Cadet 9’s and Toby Maiolo picked up another win in the Cadet 12’s – We hope to see many visiting drivers like Toby in the 2019 season.
There were no trophies as this was a fun day but the clubs brilliant initiative of Prize Give Away draws to all drivers who entered the day were once again held.
Prizes at our regular Club Day events include gift cards and free club day entries – this makes it well worthwhile hanging around at the end of the day to socialise, have a drink and chat – compare war stories and hopefully win a prize.
There is also a cash jackpot that goes up if the winner drawn is not in attendance – a great initiative by our club.
2019 promises to be a boomer for the Tiger Kart Club with new initiatives and a new club day format for 2019. See you at the Track.
Thank you to our friendly club photographer Andrew Hooper for standing out in the sun all day capturing our day’s fun on megabytes and allowing us to use his images – keep up the great work Andrew.
- Lots more photos from the event are on the Andrew Hooper Photography Facebook HERE