Warwick Junior Top Guns

by Kev The Noise” Davies

What a huge weekend this was at the latest running of the annual Warwick Junior Top Guns.

Almost 100 competitors attended this junior-only meeting where $34,902 worth of prizes were given out thanks to the amazing sponsors they get annually.

But first, in a fabulous show of appreciation, it was the club president who surprised all the hard working officials with a framed notice of appreciation.

Officials officially recognised

With such a big effort put in by the clubs committee particularly Fiona Williams in organising all the donated prizes and recognised for such a fabulous effort with a trophy.

Fiona Williams with her trophy

Dale Verrall was also recognised as the events major sponsor for DPE Kart Superstore who donated a Praga chassis as well as many other prizes.

Praga chassis winner Jackson Greenhalgh with Dale Verrall from DPE

Thanks was also given to all the sponsors who contributed to the meeting:

  • Motiv8 training
  • Patrizicorse/wkc
  • Sp Tools
  • Inox
  • Project x
  • Kaos karting
  • Video pro
  • Warwick better home living
  • Snooze
  • Warwick gold club
  • Normist Warwick
  • Ikd
  • Rjays
  • Intimidator race engines
  • Power republic
  • Barry mendleson
  • 9to5 tuning
  • Jt Motorsport
  • Dunlop kart sport
  • Remo racing
  • Warwick kart club
  • Broderick transport
  • Sandy creek pub

Onto the racing then, and some of the most exciting racing of the year so far was to be seen here!

Cadet 9p, sponsored by Alf Capri Engines

Travis Dhu the little number #37 driver managed to grab 5th place in the final with a great effort, just ahead of him in 4th was Raphiel Lafaele who had an equally good final, but ahead of them both in a comfortable 3rd place was Baxter Jarrett. After dominating all the heat races everyone including myself thought Madhava Sterneck would cruise to a win in the final but he had to settle for a great second place after Cooper Folley showed fantastic speed in the final to win it by 2 seconds.

Cadet 9 P podium

Cadet 12p, sponsored by Power Republic

Yamuna Sternbeck was dominant in every heat race but just like the Cadet 9Ps who were on track at the same time, Yamuna was just beaten in the final. It was such a close race and the margin at the end was just 0.394 seconds to the eventual winner Max Battaglene-Sharpe.


Cadet 12 P podium

Cadet 9, sponsored by Ken o’Dea Floor Coverings

Little Jenson Marold travelled all the way from South Australia to race on a track he’s never seen before and managed to secure a brilliant 5th place. Just 0.143 seconds ahead of him was the New South Wales driver Jake Santin, in third and having a great weekend of racing was the first podium for Dima (Basilio Micale) whilst ahead of him it was an electrifying battle between James Cittolin & girl racer Oceane Colangelo, eventually Oceane would take the win by 0.092 of a second!

Cadet 9 podium

Cadet 12, sponsored by Bazza & Tezza from T & B Plumbing

After starting from the 6th row(!), what a drive from Lachie Platten to secure 5th place, he got to within almost a second of the flying #38 Deano Silcock in 4th, but what a race it was for the top 3 positions within 0.7 of a second of each other. Coming home 3rd was the New South Wales driver Kayden Thompson, just 0.5 ahead of Kayden in 2nd and what a drive it was from Ryan MacMillan, but neither of them could quite match the speed of eventual winner “cool hand” Luke Trost.

Cadet 12 podium

Micro MAX, sponsored by Jimmy Fritz Electrical

Bringing the 27 kart home in 3rd in his second class of racing this weekend was once again Dima (Basilio Micale). In the final he finally got the kart working right and was just 0.6 seconds behind 2nd place finisher Toby Musico, but it was a fantastic win by a slender 0.26 of a second after swapping places several times, Isaac McNeil.

Micro MAX podium

Mini MAX, sponsored by Yuris Spelitis

Louis Brown was a distant 5th in this one after a couple of excursions where he went dirty for 30, just not having the kart quite right for the final. Ahead of him in 4th and another driver doing double duties this weekend was the Tempur sponsored #98 of Jackson Cooper, he was also driving a new kart to him, a DR Kart and Chris Board from DR Racing Karts was on-hand all weekend with the set up and driver training. In third place, another brilliant drive from Deano Silcock, really showing great speed and talent every weekend now, and after his 4th place in Cadet 12 he bettered it with a 3rd place here. Another great performance from Jordan Ensbey who was yet another driver doubling up this weekend and after finishing 7th in the Cadet 12 final, he had a much better run in Mini MAX finishing in 2nd. None of the above however could quite match the speed and driving skill of the New South Wales ace Jake Rutkowski, from hang tens on the roll up to waves on the last lap this driver was absolutely on top of his game at a track he’s not seen before, a comfortable win by 7.302 seconds in the end!

Mini MAX podium

4SS Junior, sponsored by the BP West Warwick

In 5th place and unfortunately not quite having the pace in the final that he showed earlier in the weekend, was Coby Tucker. Seven seconds ahead of him was the #72 of Kieran Sterling who had a lonely race finishing 4th, but lonely is not how to describe the race for second between “cooky” Julian Cook & Hayden Hume. Eventually Hayden took second by 0.31 of a second over the line, however neither could match the winner who won every race and the final – and the 10kilo bar of chocolate (which got the biggest cheer of the day) the rocket Jack Munro!

4SS Junior podium

KA4 Junior, sponsored by Electro Industries

Two NSW drivers were in this 18 kart field and both got them selves into the top 5. The first of those in 5th with an excellent drive was Jakob Scott, in 4th another great drive in a class field of juniors was Ryan Uhlmann. Onto the podium places and the second representative from NSW Braith Santin grabbed 3rd place. Ahead of him by some way was second place finisher Oscar Target, but eventual winner and almost a clean sweep apart from a broken stub axle resulting in a DNF in an earlier heat, the #57 of Kurtis Tennant wins again!

KA4 Junior podium. Oscar targett had to leave early so is missing from P2.

KA3 Junior, sponsored by Top Floor Installations

The last class of the day and it gave us some fantastic racing all day. A superb effort from Sebastian Tupackovski to finally get the kart set right and take 5th in the final. Equally as impressive was “the bullet” Bradi Owen after a heat win in heat 3, he gave it everything in the final but just ran out of tyres and came home 4th. Onto the podium and after a disastrous day on day one with unfortunate racing incidents, Ryan “the rocket” Laycock brought the #27 kart home in 3rd. Ahead of him a fantastic final from Harry Armstrong to get 2nd but the win by a comfortable 2.2 seconds went to Tristan Griffin.

KA3 Junior podium

A bunch of drivers won Motiv8 training days valued @$650 each. Hayden Hume won a KA100 motor (from Remo Racing & Warwick kart club) while Louis Brown won a Mini ROK (from Patrizicorse & Warwick kart club).

Jack Munro with the chocolate!

As usual all the videos of every race are on The Noise Facebook page plus 28 interviews and lots of photos.

The Noise, signing off!