by Kev “The Noise” Davies
Well the dust has finally settled after the biggest 4SS meeting in the country where 40 four-stroke karts took to the track!
But first; some two stroke action:
TaG Light & TaG Heavy
The TaG lights & heavies were together all day and in the heavies coming home 3rd a gallant fight from Guy Wuoti who couldn’t match the speed of Wagner Cardoso breezing to second place. But all hale king of the heavies and master on the day Scott Gray winning by three seconds in the final. They were chasing the light guys around and in third place was JC driver Scott Sorensen, on the pace all day just not quite enough in the final, he finished 0.4 seconds behind Marcello Surace, but they were both no match for the man of the moment who got a clear 0.9 second gap at the finish line, the #99 driver Dylan Rudd.
KA3 Juniors saw Conner Roberts 4th and a great drive from Ryan “the rocket” Laycock in 5th but Stewart Hare got a fantastic 3rd place in a really competitive field trying to hang onto the front two chargers. The first of those in second place was Jack Hotter, the big news however was a return to racing after a two month lay off and an amazing win by just 0.106 on the line for Tristan Griffin.
The Cadet 9s once again gave some of the best racing on the day and a word first for Zack Hilder having a brilliant final finishing in 5th. From there up it was as close as you can get, Toby Musico getting 4th just 0.234 seconds behind Dima there was just hundredths of a second between the top 3 and just pipping Dima into second place was Isaac McNeil, and what a fantastic win for the flying number 50 Mr Paddy Buckley!
KA4 Juniors once again had some gun drivers entered. The ever improving Sammy James brought it home in 5th just behind Ryan Uhlmann. Onto the podium then and Kurtis Tennant managed to grab third because on this day the Cooloola flyer Harvey Price was too strong for him. But neither of them could match the pace of the winner by a good 2.6 seconds, Oscar Targett!
Open Performance / KA3 Senior Light / TaG Restricted Masters
Three classes in one race next up and Open Performance first where Troy Loeskow brought the shifter kart for some nationals practice and took the win ahead of the DD2 pilot Donnelle Waldon.
In the KA3 Senior Lights, Chad holeshot Sampson brought it home 5th behind the flying number 8 Nathan Hadlow. Onto the podium and Lachlan Nichols had a cracker day to finish 3rd just behind Nathaniel Harrison who also had a really good day, but winner Jai Brown looked unbeatable all day and took a convincing win.
The TaG Restricted Masters saw Linus Brown unfortunately DNF with Paul Willmott bringing it home in 4th. Double duties of two classes may have taken their toll on Scott Gray who managed third in this his second class of the day. Beating him in this one by just 0.2 of a second was Paul Buchanan, and that left Rabby Aaron Rabjones to take a fabulous win by over 10 seconds!
TaG Restricted Medium
The pie eaters are always the stars of the show and what a show it was this weekend! Rabby doing double duties this weekend managed to get himself 5th place and was only 3 seconds behind the winner in the final. Just ahead of him “the Cleveland steamer” Scott Cleveland had a big day with lots of pace securing a great 4th place. Jamie Page it was who took the first podium spot in a nail biting finish where he was battling for the win with eventual second place finisher Andrew Gilliam, the youngster of the group but boy can he drive! But on this day let the record books show and all bow down to the king as Angus Buddah Mathers took an absolutely fantastic win. Fist pumps everywhere! What a cracker race it was!
TaG Restricted Light
It was a case of peaking to soon for Allan Mayes. After coming second in heat 1 and winning heat 3 he could only manage 5th in the final, but he will definitely be one to watch again in the next round. Just in front of him was Liam Moyse with another solid drive to 4th. Onto the podium positions and ice cool Jeremy Glover managed 3rd place with a great drive, the hard tuned engined kart of Sammy Haycock continues to go from strength to strength and brought it home in second but what a drive from the second Team Dribble representative Mitch Campbell to get the win by just 0.276 seconds.
A huge class of 27 Cadet 12 drivers contested this round and there was some fantastic racing all day from the front right to the back! Bringing the #25 kart home in 5th place was Kayden Thompson, in 4th place after a great drive in the final and being quick all day was Dean Silcock. Moving onto the podium places and the second member from team Buckley this time Alice gets on the podium with a great 3rd place doing it for the girl racers! The #90 of Ryan MacMillan had a brilliant day too and brought the key home in 2nd but yet again team ProjectX had another winner with little Lachlan Platten taking victory by 0.344 seconds.
Ok let’s get ready to rumble and the 4SS classes went like this!
For the first time in the country a 4SS Cadet class was run and boy oh boy did they enjoy themselves! Low cost, low maintenance, high value fun is the best way to describe it!
In the final Tyson McGill & Mika Lemasurier unfortunately didn’t finish but driving the #95 kart to 5th place was little Hayden McGill. Connor Peacock managed to grab 4th place having fun in the 4 banger but the podium went like this: in third Alex Gardner with a great drive just 1.4 second off the winner, in second place by just 0.093 was Jordan Ensbey leaving Isaac McNeill to take the victory.
In the 4SS Juniors, Harrison Conroy qualified quickest and went on to get 5th in the final. Just ahead of him was Julian Cook. The second and third place battle was a close one with just 0.25 separating eventual third place finisher Hayden Hume from second placed Kieran Stirling. Neither however were a match for the super quick Jack Munro finishing with 8.8 second lead to win it.
4SS Senior Light / Medium / Heavy
Three classes all on track at the same time (mates racing mates). Overall it finished with current V8 driver and Torini engines ambassador Todd Hazlewood in third, Scott Sorensen in second & Luke Lane in 1st.
But as they are all in seperate classes here are the class positions:
Heavy: Ryan Beattie came home third from “Tg” Anthony Grant in second who drove the JC kart for project x, and wining the big fellas was Kevin Davis.
Medium: The bird man Scottie Pearce came home third 4 seconds behind Todd Hazlewood & winking by 2 seconds it was Luke Lane.
Light: In the light class Justin Whittal got himself 3rd just over a second behind second place finisher Caleb Webber but they could not match the speed of Scott Sorensen winning the class by 13.7 seconds.
Alice litzow & Todd hazlewood interview:
What a huge day it was! Results are on speedhive HERE.
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