Record Race Meet, Vic Country Series Rnd 3

by Andrew Hayes, AHR Media

South West Kart Club, based in the small dairy farming town of Cobden, Victoria, has played host to one of the biggest Victorian Country Series meetings in the history of the series. The event boasted 259 entries, as drivers battled the elements on and off track.

KA3 Senior Light field charges toward turn 1 (pic – Pace Images)

The 966 metre Cobden Park Raceway circuit has  many different elements, providing drivers with a challenge regardless of the weather conditions.

Saturday qualifying was cloudy but dry, but come Sunday morning  a solid “sea mist” would settle in for good  midway through heat one.

The Baron’s bogged! Successful on the track, but getting out of the track involved another team effort for Tony Kart Australia (pic – Pace Images)

The racing was superb despite the conditions, and spectators were treated to some good hard racing, especially in the larger fields.

  • full results from Cobden on speedhive HERE
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KA4 JUNIOR LIGHT (17 Entries)

Christian Cowie dominated the opening two rounds of VCS and therefore it was no great surprise to see the 15 kart taking pole position once again at Cobden. Cowie’s time of 44.674 led a hotly contested field, Jake Santalucia clinching second just ahead of Kobi Williams, Matthew Domaschenz and Jarred Farrell.

Heat 1 was once again a lights to flag win for Cowie, as the track conditions proved more treacherous than they looked from the pits. Cowie and the majority of the field were on wets, Farrell proving his wet credentials with second place and the fastest lap. Domaschenz home in third ahead of Jake Krasna and Santalucia. Williams first home on slicks in fourteenth.

(pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Jarred Farrell 53.338

Domaschenz grabbed the lead of Heat 2 on the opening lap and held sway for the opening few laps until a determined Williams surged from fourteenth to the lead! But his reign would be short lived as he battled apparent engine issues that sent him spiralling down the order to twelfth. This allowed Domaschenz to regain the lead, where he stayed until the finish. Cowie was 3.162 seconds behind, ahead of Brodie Thomson who was rising to the challenge in third. Krasna and Santalucia held sway to round out the top five. Remarkably, the ailing Williams snatched the fastest lap on the last circulation!

FASTEST LAP: Kobi Williams 53.571

Domaschenz showed the class he meant business in the final, grabbing an early lead that he would never relinquish. Cowie and Thomson both spent time in second place before the undeniable Williams took over the position mid race. Thomson grabbed the final podium spot after qualifying a lower than expected tenth. Cowie took fourth, ending his unbeaten streak, ahead of Harrison Campbell who had his best run of the day.

FASTEST LAP: Kobi Williams 55.301

1st Matthew Domaschenz, 2nd Kobi Williams, 3rd Brodie Thomson

CADET 12 (38 Entries)

Huge numbers in Cadet 12 meant that the field would not be all on track together in qualifying and heats, as they qualified in odds and evens and then ran the oversubscribed alphabet. Tyce Hodge was the head of the queue from the opening qualifying session and then had to sit and wait as his time (47.186) was tested by the second group. In the end, Hodge’s time stood up and he was rewarded with pole. Jesse Lacey and Cadel Ambrose filled second and third from the second group, whilst Lochlan Farrell and Rusty Ponting filled fourth and fifth after competing in the opening session.

A capacity 36 kart Cadet 12 field takes the start in the final (pic – Pace Images)

Hodge and Ambrose got away well in the A v C heat race, filling those positions until lap three when the Australian Champion Harry Arnett stormed past on his way to a comprehensive victory. Arnett had qualified fifteenth, started this heat from tenth, and went on to win by a staggering 7.9 seconds in the wet conditions. Leo Iannella also provided an outstanding drive in this heat as he charged from fourteenth to fourth on the opening lap before settling in second place. Ben Holliday started and finished third, but dropped back to fifth in the middle stint of the race. Hodge and Ambrose settled for fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Harry Arnett 54.944

Ambrose returned to the front in the B v C race taking an all the way win over Lacey. Lacey only grabbed that spot on the final lap as Brad Majman became a factor, running second before finishing third. Arnett continued his strong form, moving from ninth at the start to finish in fourth ahead of Angus Hall. Hall started fourth, dropped as low as tenth and then recovered for fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Jesse Lacey 47.751

Kristian Janev shot to the lead on the opening lap of A v B, and held that position for the remainder of the race, despite a spirited chase from Lacey in second. Peter Bouzinelos was the best of the rest in third after a strong drive forward from tenth, likewise Xavier Avramides who moved from thirteenth the fourth. Caleb Spence started and finished fifth, but not before dropping a few spots mid race.

FASTEST LAP: Kristian Janev 56.575

The massive 36 kart field rolled out for the final, Lacey and Arnett at the head of the field. Their stories took different turns from there, as Arnett took all before him putting on a masterclass to win, whilst Lacey was out without competing a lap as he spun off on the final corner of the opening stanza. Ianella continued his good form as he moved from fifth to secure a deserved second, whilst Avramides grabbed the final podium spot in third. Ambrose greeted the flag in fourth after dropping as low as twentieth. Zach Findlay continued the theme of the hard chargers, moving from twenty first to fifth on the opening lap, before holding fourth and settling for fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Harry Arnett 57.501

1st Harry Arnett, 2nd Leo Iannella, 3rd Xavier Avramides

TAG HEAVY (14 Entries)

After splitting the spoils with his brother Adam in the opening two events, it was Scott King who laid down the marker (43.844) in qualifying for Tag Heavy. But a new challenger emerged as Billy Westerveld scored second place, hot on the heels of King in his step up from the restricted classes. Glenn Croxford didn’t repeat his pole from 2018, snaring third ahead of Aaron Jackson and Adam King.

Scott King triumphant yet again in TAG 125 (pic – Pace Images)

Scott got away well in the opening heat, leading the early stages before Westerveld pounced for the lead on lap four. Westerveld had already seen off a challenge from Croxford, before making his move on King. Croxford then had a charging Beau Humphrey to deal with, a battle Croxford eventually won. Westerveld the winner by just over a second to Scott, Croxford, Humphrey and an improving Nikola Schmidt.

FASTEST LAP: Glenn Croxford 50.730

Croxford put together an opening two laps in heat two that would rival any others of the day. His on edge driving proving blisteringly fast and spectacular but ultimately not sustainable. The methodical Scott King worked his way back to the lead, as Westerveld drifted down through the field to eighth. Croxford would not go unrewarded, holding on for a comfortable second ahead of Humphrey and VCS returnee Dylan Collett.  Adam King regained his qualifying position of fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Scott King 51.655

Scott King put on a superlative performance in the final, operating at a different level to his competitors. King’s ability to adapt to all conditions proving a major factor in his victory. Once again it would be Croxford who would emerge as King’s major threat, however he had a relatively lonely race with King drove off into the distance. Humphrey ended up off track at railway corner on the opening lap, thwarting his challenge, Bjorn Schultheiss enjoying a run from ninth to third to claim the final trophy. Jackson’s wet hussle got him up to fourth position ahead of the consistent Adam King.

FASTEST LAP: Scott King 51.921

1st Scott King, 2nd Glenn Croxford, 3rd Bjorn Schultheiss

KA3 JUNIOR (12 Entries)

Defending KA4 Light series champion Nicholas Sacco made a welcome return to VCS racing, upstaging the establishment to take pole position (44.206) as the top nine drivers were separated by half a second. Series regulars Jaxon Johnstone and Isaac Woodhouse were less than a tenth off pole in second and third ahead of Portland winner Ethan Bray and Bronson Boult.

Sacco made a great start and was looking likely to go with it in heat two, but nobody told Johnstone that. Continuing to put the pressure on Sacco, his opportunity came on the penultimate lap, and he made the most of it to win the heat ahead of Sacco. Boult drove well to quietly move from sixth up to third early in the race and set himself in that position. Woodhouse crossed the line in fourth but was subject to a post race penalty that pushed him down to tenth. Two of the drives of the race belonged to Ethan Brown and James Lodge as they moved from tenth and eleventh to fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Jaxon Johnstone 50.420

80 Nichloas Sacco clinches KA3 Junior (pic – Pace Images)

Johnstone made lighter work of the second heat, assuming the lead on the opening lap and never relinquishing it. He appeared to be in the zone, as he and the kart looked completely in sync as he stormed to a 4.7 second win. Sacco also maintained his position from the opening heat, recording a solid second place finish. Continuing to improve from being the lowest qualifier, Lodge put himself in the top three with another superb race. Brown raced well again to fourth, ahead of Sam Davies, who made his first appearance in the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Jaxon Johnstone 52.841

The opening lap of the final was dramatic as Sacco grabbed the lead, Johnstone slipped down to fourth place, and Brown found himself with mechanical issues, eventually retiring after two laps. The charge of Lodge was also over on lap three. Sacco decided enough was enough and drove the rest of the field into the ground with an absolutely sublime performance, operating more than a second a lap faster than his nearest competitor. Boult was next home after a lonely race in second, putting together a solid points haul for the series. Johnstone had to settle for third position after a weekend of top shelf driving, ahead of Bray and Davies.

FASTEST LAP: Nicholas Sacco 52.675

1st Nicholas Sacco, 2nd Bronson Boult, 3rd Jaxon Johnstone


Great numbers again in the Masters class and the veteran racers didn’t disappoint with more excellent racing. Victorian State Champion Glenn Riddell was the man to beat in qualifying (45.015), just pipping Warrnambool pole sitter Peter Gigis. Third place belonged to the standout from Portland, Phil Smith. Stephen Marshall and Leon Forrest started their campaigns well in fourth and fifth.

The rain got heavier for Combined Masters, 5 Ash Mitchell making his way to the front ahead of 4 Phil Smith and 64 Glenn Riddell (pic – Pace Images)

Several battles simmered throughout heat one and one of them at the head of the pack. Riddell and Gigis spent the majority of the race in close proximity, Gigis eventually grabbing the lead on lap six and breaking away to win by 3 seconds in the rain. Ash Mitchell made a good start and engaged Smith before on coming out on top for third at the line. Carl Gibson completed the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Peter Gigis 47.572

From Chocolates to boiled lollies for Gigis in heat two as he lost a wheel in the roll around and failed to take his place on the front row. Several of the leading contenders come unstuck during a frenetic opening lap, which saw Vern Kranz come from ninth to the lead in a near perfect first lap. Kranz showed he would be a force to be reckoned with, winning by 6.5 seconds. Ron Taylor also made the most of the start, moving up to second, a position he never gave up. Smith showed the precision that we have become accustomed to, dropping as low as eighth on his way to third. Fourth across the line was Matt Crane, ahead of Leon Forrest who was up to fifth after starting twelfth.

FASTEST LAP: Phil Smith 53.234

Smith and Kranz led the field away for the final and their fortunes would take different paths from there. Kranz would not repeat his stunning display from heat two as he slid down the order to tenth on the opening lap, whilst Smith took the lead. Smith would go on to win his second consecutive round, and ensure he sits at the top of the series points table. Gigis recovered to salvage second after a potential dominant weekend went begging, leading home John Page, who came through the field like a missile from twelfth. Mitchell worked his way into fourth, holding off Andrew Stubbs in fifth.

FASTEST LAP: John Page 53.349

1st Phil Smith, 2nd Peter Gigis, 3rd John Page

TAG LIGHT (26 Entries)

Tag Light qualifying was simply sensational. Every lap shook up the order, as the top 22 drivers operated within a second of each other. At the completion of the session it was the multiple Australian Champion James Sera who sat at the head of the queue (43.088). Second place also belonged to a former Australian Champion, as Mark Domaschenz held off V8 star Nick Percat in third. Returning local star Kyle Rethus locked in for fourth ahead of round one winner Ben Delaney.

88 Luke Fong temporarily takes the lead ahead of 94 James Sera in the TAG Light final (pic – Pace Images)

Sera made the best of the start of heat one, as Domaschenz and Rethus fell down the order. Delaney slotted in behind Sera at the end of the opening lap and they continued in that order until the chequered. Jordan Rae and Luke Fong came from outside the top ten to finish third and fourth in another fantastic display of skill. Percat looked set to finish inside the top five until a loose rear bumper curtailed his race. Sam Downing picked up fifth after dropping as low as eighth.

FASTEST LAP: Kyle Rethus 44.175

Heat two was once again a story of massive movement as several drivers charged to the front of the field. Sera didn’t fit into that category as he held sway at the front for the full 8 laps, to put himself in the perfect position for the final. Jake Spencer made his run in this heat, moving from second to seventh, ahead of fastest lap getter Kyle Rethus, who drove from tenth to third. Undoubtedly the drive of the race belonged to Percat, as he powered from twenty first to fourth in a show of pure class. Nathan Williams home in fifth after slipping to twelfth at the start.

Nick Percat in possibly his last VCS appearance for 2019 before Supercar commitments at upcoming rounds (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Kyle Rethus 51.588

The start of the final was highlighted by Fong pulling a big move to overtake the front row starters and lead the opening circulation. Sera began to drift down the order as Downing assumed the lead on lap two, before going on to seal a classy win. Spencer also cleared Fong for second, the latter holding third for a couple of laps before an unfortunate demise at Railway corner. Percat had to be enjoying his day as again he put in a strong performance to move from twelfth to third. Fourth belonged to Cobden’s favourite son, Rethus who finished just ahead of Williams.

TAG Light – Samuel Downing riding the kerbs nicely in qualie (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Nick Percat 51.522

1st Sam Downing, 2nd Jake Spencer, 3rd Nick Percat

KA4 JUNIOR HEAVY (20 Entries)

Toby Waghorn was proudly wearing his new blue plate, and quickly added a VCS pole position to his resume. His time of 46.312 was 0.3 seconds clear of Riley Jabke, who also put in a stellar performance. Third went to one of the usual suspects in Johnny Hill, ahead of another of the local stars, Max Fahey. The all-conquering Josh D’Ambrosio had to settle for fifth in a below par performance for the dominant driver of the opening rounds.

Lights to flag for Waghorn in heat one, as he looked to stamp his authority on the class for the weekend. Jabke and Hill consolidated their positions from qualifying, despite having to work back to the front after dropping down the order at the start. D’Ambrosio had held second for the majority of the race, but slipped to sixth in an action packed final lap. Sam Davies and Seth Burton moved into the top five to finish fourth and fifth respectively.


FASTEST LAP: Josh D’Ambrosio 47.834

Again it was Waghorn who checked out in heat two and took another lights to flag victory. Hill and Burton took up second and third positions for the majority of the race before D’Ambrosio showed his resolve to move past both for second. Liam Pollard moved into fifth on lap two and hung on until the end.

FASTEST LAP: Josh D’Ambrosio 53.777

Waghorn lined up on the pole position as he looked to do the business in the final and clench a deserved round win, however D’Ambrosio hadn’t read the script. On the opening lap, the already two time round winner made his way from fourth to the lead and was never headed as he drove away to a comfortable win. Hill started second, finished second and held the position throughout, leaving Waghorn to lament a lost opportunity, yet claim a strong podium finish in third place. Jabke finished his weekend in fourth after being strong early on, ahead of Josh Horder who claimed his best result in the final.

FASTEST LAP: Josh D’Ambrosio 54.661

1st Josh D’Ambrosio, 2nd Johnny Hill, 3rd Toby Waghorn


Qualifying is always extremely close in Combined Light, and this round was to be no exception, with the top ten within half a second. When the clock stopped it was David Menzel snatching a breakthrough pole position (44.283) Second place went to Lachie Swayn, who took a big pole position earlier this season at Warrnambool. Defending series champ Joseph Clough was third, ahead of Jordan Sanderson, whose P plates were a bit of a smoke screen for his abilities. The ever present Andrew Sotiropoulos grabbing fifth.

A frenetic opening lap of heat one saw Sotiropoulos rise to the top of the tree and he stayed there for the full journey. Sanderson showed he was going to mix in the front pack making some nice moves to grab second ahead of Swayn, Menzel and Mitchell Sutej in fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Lachie Swayn 44.854

Sotiropoulos put himself in the best possible position, adding the heat two win to his collection. This one didn’t come easy, as an inspired Aidan Solomon motored from eleventh to second in emphatic style, chasing Sotiropoulos to the line. Also on the move was Terry Rankin, fourteenth to third a fine effort. Jono McKean and Jeremy Kiensrod rounded out the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Aidan Solomon 52.418

The final offered Sotiropoulos the opportunity to get the set of wins, and he did just that. But it wasn’t an easy victory by any means, as Rankin once again emerged from tenth to the rear of the leader in just two laps. The speedway racer piled on the pressure, but come up short to the man who had been the benchmark most of the weekend. McKean capitalised on his strong form, adding another third to his result from Portland. Solomon had his best weekend of the series, narrowly missing the podium in fourth. Clough’s final was largely uneventful on his way to fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Terry Rankin 52.488

1st Andrew Sotiropoulos, 2nd Terry Rankin, 3rd Jono McKean

KA3 Senior Light (30 Entries)

A very strong field of KA3 Light assembled for the third round of the series, and qualifying was critical with the top 18 karts within a second. Joel MacPherson laid down the quick time (43.845) in an entertaining session, leading home Jack Bell and Corey Herbertson in a Tonykart 1-2-3. Jobe Stewart continued to make an impression after a strong run in Portland, taking fourth ahead of improving Warrnambool youngster Nick Ryan.

26 Winton Smith battles hard in the KA3 Senior Light pack ahead of 24 Sophie Mansbridge (pic – Pace Images)

The opening heat went the way of Bell, as he had a comfortable win. Behind him, Stewart and MacPherson battled throughout, with Stewart eventually getting the upper hand. Bryce Woollard again showed he’s a racer, finishing up five spots in fourth. Nathan Williams is never out of the picture and he was lurking in fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Corey Herbertson 44.184

A wetter heat two greeted the drivers, but it didn’t dampen the momentum of Bell as he continued to do what he does best, winning comfortably. Best of the rest was again Stewart, the young South Aussie building a fair handle on the wet conditions. Woollard continued to race well, moving up to third, ahead of another gun wet weather driver, Jaxson Cox. Herbertson worked himself back into the top five to grab fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Jack Bell 51.843

Last lap, last corner for the win: 30 Jobe Stewart tries a brave but unsuccessful move against 37 Jack Bell in KA3 Senior Light (pic – Pace Images)

The final was a very busy but fantastic race, as conditions worsened, the field spread themselves further around the track. Bell once again got away well and led comfortably, until the pendulum began to swing mid race as Stewart began to give chase. The combination of lapped karts, and a seemingly ailing kart, had Bell losing up to a second a lap to Stewart, who could see the job at hand. After leading by several seconds, Bell started the final circulation just under a second ahead of Stewart, and by the time they reached the infield corners they were nose to tail. Bell blocked into the final turn as Stewart had a huge lunge, the result being the two karts exiting the final corner side by side, however Stewart was sliding whilst Bell was driving off the turn. A spectator’s delight. Cox filled the final spot on the podium, after briefly grabbing second at the start after coming from eighth. Williams and Herbertson again in the points in fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Jack Bell (52.014)

1st Jack Bell, 2nd Jobe Stewart, 3rd Jaxson Cox

KA3 SENIOR MEDIUM (12 Entries)

The Depth of KA3 Medium continues to grow and several inclusions this season have only added to the mix. KA4 Junior Heavy defending series champ Daniel Hookway was the fastest man in qualifying (44.459), adding a senior pole to his list of junior achievements. Hot on his heels were Mitch Mackay and Remo Luciani, both looking ominous. Newly crowned Victorian Champ Taine Venables locked down fourth ahead of impressive youngster Ryan Cook.

KA3 Senior Medium churns up the start of the final with 99 Mitch Mackay in the lead (pic – Pace Images)

Heat one belonged to Hookway, as the young gun showed the field how it was done, winning by 2.4 seconds. Luciani assumed second place on the opening circulation, and had to fight hard to hold onto it as he came under fire from Mackay, who would settle for third. Venables and Cook retained their positions in the top five.

FASTEST LAP: Mitch Mackay 44.654

Hookway and Luciani plummeted down the order at the start of heat two, Hookway worst affected as he struggled to rebound, eventually finishing eleventh. This opened the door for Mackay and Venables to take up the front running, staging an enthralling battle, which eventually went the way of Mackay by a tiny margin. Chris Thomas ran strongly to claim third with improving speed, ahead of the consistent Cook and recovering Luciani.

FASTEST LAP: Taine Venables 52.226

The final looked set for an interesting battle, as several different drivers appeared to have optimum speed in different conditions. But it was Mackay who brought his A game, delivering a 3.1 second victory after threatening in the preceding two rounds. Venables was a spirited second place, capping another strong weekend. Third place was held for many laps by Hookway, but went the way of Todd Chambers, who had remarkably been outside the top five all weekend. Thomas and Luciani renewed their on track rivalry in fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Mitch Mackay 52.259

1st Mitch Mackay, 2nd Taine Venables, 3rd Todd Chambers

Is that a dab by Mitch Mackay with the win? (pic – Pace Images)


Despite not forming for the previous round in Portland, the Combined Heavy class was back on track at Cobden. Backing up his pole from the previous year’s event was Brett Jenkin (46.302). Aldo Distefano made a return to VCS racing and was in the thick of it in second place. The twins from Echuca, Peter Sloan and Martin Golledge were third and fourth, ahead of Steven Kemp in fifth.

The Combined Heavy class was happy to form again after missing round 2: Mick Angwin, Marty Golledge, Peter Sloan and Aldo Distefano. (pic – Pace Images)

Distefano got the better of the start of heat one and led until just after the halfway mark, when Jenkin made the decisive move for the win. Mick Angwin returned to the kind of form we expect of him after a below par qualifying to finish in third. Sloan had a lonely race for fourth, whilst Golledge fought off Kemp for fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Mick Angwin 46.796

Angwin had well and truly worked himself back into form by the time heat two came around in properly wet conditions. In undoubtedly the biggest margin of the weekend, Angwin absolutely annihilated the opposition to win by a staggering 21.2 seconds, leading Golledge as the only other driver on the lead lap. Jenkin finished third despite his poor tyre condition, likewise Distefano in fourth. Jason Kilcullen circulated cautiously to take fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Mick Angwin 55.063

The final was another slower race in wet conditions, however the form runner was still Angwin, who had to settle for an eight second win this time around. Kemp drove a very impressive race to snare second ahead of Sloan. The heat one pace setters, Jenkin and Distefano were a long long way back in fourth and fifth.

FASTEST LAP: Peter Sloan 54.749

1st Mick Angwin, 2nd Steven Kemp, 3rd Peter Sloan

CADET 9 (17 Entries)

The field for Cadet 9 at Cobden looked to be stronger than the previous two rounds, with big things expected of a couple of the inclusions. Jensen Marold was one of the inclusions, and he didn’t disappoint as he struck first with pole position (48.751). Portland round winner Mathew Basso was also off to a promising start in second place ahead of newcomers Sam March and Jordan Wickham. The speedy William Calleja fifth fastest.

Turn one of the opening heat caused plenty of heartache as rain fell after the drivers had left the pits on slicks. A big pileup ensued, eliminating several drivers including Marold and Basso. J.Wickham quickly assumed the lead, and held that position till the end to win. Calleja ran second for the majority of the race before Oliver Wickham slipped by on the final lap to make it a Wickham 1-2. Fourth home was Ewan Anderson, ahead of March who had been as high as third and as low as eighth.

The rain started just as Cadet 9 took the start lights, which skittled most of the slick shod field at turn 1 (pic – Pace Images)

FASTEST LAP: Oliver Wickham 1.06.690

Heat two saw O.Wickham jump to the lead at the start of the race, and edge away to win comfortably as the field spread out. Calleja worked hard early in the race to get to second and once there he never gave it up, finishing ahead of March who had been in seventh early in the race.

FASTEST LAP: Oliver Wickham 1.03.721

Cadet 9 made it a clean sweep of wet races as they set off for the final. O.Wickham wasted no time in getting to the lead and putting a buffer into his pursuers, going on to win by 3.8 seconds. J.Wickham held down second position for the majority of the race, until being overhauled by Marold’s pace. J Wickham then had a fight on his hands as he came under fire from Calleja for the final podium spot. The raced to the line side by side, but whilst J.Wickham got the trophy by 0.059, Calleja grabbed the fastest lap on the last lap. March had a solid run on his way to fifth.

FASTEST LAP: William Calleja 1.03.245

1st Oliver Wickham, 2nd Jensen Marold, 3rd Jordan Wickham


Remo Luciani headlined the Combined Medium field, and his qualifying result (45.392) backed that up in earnest. The Horsham based master qualified on pole position by a staggering eight tenths of a second! Behind that the next four drivers, Phil Zentai, James Stewart, Andrew Harvey and Alex Baker were separated by six hundredths of a second.

Combined Medium: 20 Remo Luciani fends off 51 Andrew Harvey at the start (pic – Pace Images)

Heat one was held in greasy conditions and despite not always being his favourite conditions, Luciani rose to the challenge and grabbed the win in the opening stanza after weathering a Zentai challenge early on. Warrnambool winner Baker raced well through the field to finish second after running seventh, ahead of Harvey who had ironically also been in seventh early in the race. Zach Marshall scored fourth coming from ninth, ahead of a resurgent Barry Clough.

FASTEST LAP: Andrew Harvey 53.276

Heat two was a classic, as Luciani and Harvey raced wheel to wheel lap after lap in tricky conditions. Neither driver gave an inch, nor expected one back as they put on one of the races of the day. In the end it was the experience of Luciani that got him across the line, ahead of the impressive Harvey. Baker had the best seat in the house, finishing third after drifting away from the leaders. Fourth place went to Clough, ahead of Andrew Chapman, who had the best drive of his weekend.

FASTEST LAP: Remo Luciani 54.251

The final never quite matched the buzz of heat two, however it was still hotly contested. Luciani again at the head of the queue, setting the fastest lap on his way to a clean sweep of the weekend. Fittingly it was Harvey in second place following a very promising weekend. Marshall had plenty of track to use as he drove to third, in between packs by large margins each way. Zentai rebounded to record a fourth place finish, Chapman again in fifth place.

FASTEST LAP: Remo Luciani 53.244

1st Remo Luciani, 2nd Andrew Harvey, 3rd Zach Marshall

Not sure who the masked Cadet is – but looks like they’re having fun (pic – Pace Images)


DPE Superstore voucher winners

Each karter picked up a $100 DPE voucher just for racing.

Jeremy Cusack
Joanne Ciconte
Samuel Davies
Roger Han
Bradley Matulic

Patrizicorse Bridgestone Tyre Winners
Both drivers picked up a set of Bridgestone tyres just for turning up

Koby O’Shannassy (Cadet 9)
Liam Pollard (KA4 Junior Heavy)

Friday didn’t get off to a good start for some karters (pic – VCS)

Dunlop Kartsport DK17 voucher winners

There were plenty of Dunlop Kartsport winners at Cobden!
We gave away vouchers in each of the 7 Dunlop classes.

$50 Voucher

Todd Chambers
Barry Clough
Hamish Allan
Jesse Yoannidis
Kevin Harvey
Samuel Gibson
Steven Kemp

$25 Voucher

Jackson Hodgetts
Andrew Chapman
Jack Micallef
Jonathan McKean
Andrew Purcell
Jordi Belton
Aldo Distefano

Now thats a turn up! 259 entries at a VCS round (pic – Pace Images)

Kartworx K1 Custom Racesuit voucher winners

Each picked up a $100 voucher towards a Custom K1 Racesuit thanks to KartWorx

Cadet: Benjamin Munro
Junior: Thomas Patching
Senior: Alex Killeen

That’s a wrap of a wet and wild weekend of racing. The series continues at Hamilton on July 6&7 in just 4 weeks time.


Everything looks pretty serious as Jenson Marold’s Cadet 9 kart comes in (pic – Pace Images)
Not as serious on the 57 Combined Light kart of Lachlan Swayne (pic – Pace Images)

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Dry track – but off track was a bit muddy after a week of rain (pic – Pace Images)
Most of us know the pain of Keean Ferguson – pits were hard work to get to the grid; but the reward was good racing (pic – Pace Images)
Golden sunset on Saturday makes for Golden photos for Pace Images (pic – Pace Images)
KA3 Senior Light – 42 Joel McPherson would still get pole after this spectacular excursion (pic – Pace Images)
We did say off track was a bit muddy… (pic – Pace Images)
Splash down for Aaron Jackson in TAG Heavy (pic – Pace Images)
And another… (pic – Pace Images)
VCS’s favourite photographer – Pace Images’ Ben Roehlen hard at work in all conditions (pic – VCS)
Karting Victoria president Russell White rescuing a bogged van from the pits on Friday (pic – VCS)
Still smiles as Max Fahey helps out 27 Cadel Humphrey (pic – Pace Images)
43 Taine Venables starts his battle with local 99 Mitch Mackay (pic – Pace Images)
When its this cold making steam is easy, as 49 Anthony Capobianco finds out in Cadet 12 (pic – Pace Images)
TAG Light: 96 Samuel Downing, 51 Maverick Benson and 8 Nick Percat fight for position out of turn 2 (pic – Pace Images)
The Jackson clan (Rose and Aaron) sending Andrew out in Combined Masters (pic – Pace Images)
TAG Light for the worst of the conditions: 59 Ray Yu-Wang stands out for the camera in this pic (pic – Pace Images)