by Kev “The Noise” Davies
Well, the dust has finally settled after one of the biggest weekends I’ve ever had – 191 entries on Saturday at Ipswich with a 17 hr day, 1600 photos loaded, 45 race videos loaded and a couple of interviews with none other than Tim Slade (Frieghtliner V8 driver), Alice Litzow (4SS Senior superstar) & Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing V8 driver)!
Then it was a 3.15 am start the next day for that drive to the sleepy hollow of Grafton and nestled in the hills is one the best tracks I’ve ever seen. Soon to be extended as well but this small undulating track was nothing short of amazing.
Numbers were low, excitement was high and I managed to click off a few hundred photos and video every race – 25 in all of the “Kev The Noise Davies 30km Classic” as seen on speedhive!
At these events I capture you all in your day of action and I’ve got my good friends Ronan Morgan & Ben Griffin capturing me capture you! For all your photos please see these guys Shaqs Speedway Pics & RGM Photography.
- full results from Ipswich HERE
Ipswich turned out to be an enormous day. We were greeted by sub zero temps but it soon warmed up with track action a plenty,
KA3 Senior saw a dominant win from Jai Brown, Nathanial Harrison 2nd and the ever competitive Chad Sampson coming home 3rd.
Open performance, and Brock Thornton took the lollies in his DD2 kart beating Dan Hutchinson by 3.5 seconds aboard his shifter kart and Tony Grant may have come third but he grabbed a lap record in doing so!
In the TaG Restricted Masters (old buggers), well, what a massive day of racing and dramas struck in the final when two of the leaders came together, unfortunately putting Straughney & Gavarni out of it to leave Aaron Rabjones to take a deserved victory having been in that battle all race long. Also, Nick Newman came home in second and was super quick all day and Paul Buchanan grabbed himself a third place.
4SS Juniors and the dominant Jack Munro didn’t get caught all day – victory in the final looked like a breeze. In second Hayden Hume, then third place went to the hard charging Coby Tucker
In Cadet 9, Paddy Buckley once again got a cracker win just beating Isaac McNeil who in turn just got over the line ahead of Dima. It was fantastic racing throughout and edge of the seat stuff in the final.
In the TaG Restricted Mediums (pie eaters) Angus Mathers unfortunately just missed out on a podium as contact between the front two occurred in front of him off the last corner in the final. It meant Jackson Bermingham steamed through to take the win. Rodney Rudy Farkas grabbed second and the Cleveland steamer Scott Cleveland came home third. It was an amazing day of racing with these guys and they kept everyone’s interest all day long!
KA4 Juniors was another action packed class, the double Queensland state champion of Curtis Tennant eventually taking the win. Oscar Targett was with him the whole way but just ran out of steam in the final to finish second and the Cooloola flyer Harvey Price grabbed third.
KA3 Junior driver Zane Rinaldi backed up his junior masters victory with another visit to the top step here at Ipswich just beating Ryan Newton and Stewart Hare came home hard to finish third.
TaG Restricted Light saw domination once again from the flyer Jeremy Glover. Behind him it was anything but domination and Allan Mayes had to fight to the bitter end to get second place, then Paul McNeil came home fast to grab third.
4SS Seniors still have all the weights categories on track together (mates racing mates) how the class should be and oh boy did they have fun! The three class winners also came over the line 1-2-3 but it was the Heavy driver Kevin Davis who took the spoils just beating Medium driver Scott Pearce who in turn got over the line before the Light driver Brynn Stewart. Special mention to Alice Litzow who charged to a 7th overall finish and 3rd in class with the help of Todd Hazlewood in the pits.
TaG Light saw the return to Karting for Freightliner V8 driver Tim Slade who came home 9th in one of the most competitive fields of Tag Light drivers we’ve seen in some time!
Marc Tulloch it was who eventually took the win and Regan Payne worked hard to eventually grab second just ahead of Scotty Sorensen in third.
In the TaG Heavy, Wagner Cardoso couldn’t quite match the speed of the Ipswich ace Scott Gray who got the spoils.
Cadets 12s had 27 karts on track! It was huge and Dean Silcock performed an amazing 3-wide move into Howard’s to take the lead in a race where anyone could have won. It was amazing, but Silcock took the win, Ryan MacMillan came home second and Lachlan Platten once again showed his form coming home third.
On to Grafton kart club we go, and the Kev the noise Davies 30km Classic presented by Thompson Karting Supplies, the track with two hills and what a surface it is too!
- full results from Grafton HERE
KA4 Juniors saw an excellent win by the flying Milo Baff, charging hard and right on his tail was Ronny Baff. In third, and a well deserved third it was too, for Brody Putsey,
TaG Restricted Light saw the unstoppable force of Elliott Thompson dominate the track and David Evans, after returning to racing from a 2 year lay off, grabbed second just ahead of the hard charging James Evans.
KA3 Juniors and yet another show of strength with Jack (the mac) McNamara showing all his skills drifting the kart around the circuit. Hollie Evans drove superbly getting within a couple of tenths of Jack’s lap times to grab second and in third it was the junior Yamaha piloted Taleah Wright.
TaG Restricted Medium (pie eaters) and Luther McPhee did all he could to stay with the front two but had to settle for third in the end while Graham Hardy, after having a couple of DNFs, still managed to charge to second place only beaten by the dominant Jeremy Armstrong who looked unstoppable.
The little Cadets had a cracker race all day long it was fabulous to watch with Samuel Bodley eventually taking the victory over Isaiah Wright after swapping places countless times – it really was fantastic!
A big shout out to all the volunteers / officials / canteen staff / helpers / parents / and most of all the racers, the stars of the shows!
I had a blast. All results are on speedhive.
- Lots of photos and videos are posted on Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies Commentary Facebook page.
Over and out!