by Kev “The Noise” Davies
First up, Ipswich. A huge day of racing at this non-championship event, the annual Capri Cup meeting with well over 165 entries.
- Results are on speedhive HERE
- All the qualifying sessions were streamed live so are all available on Kev the noise Commentary Facebook HERE.
The lap of honour that Alf and Maureen Capri did in a fabulous Ferrari is below. Interviews from the morning from a few key drivers are also posted on the Facebook page.
The TaG Heavy class with Scott Gray giving all the new comers to the class a show of real skill and attrition! Jumpei Morita was another stand out performer as can be seen in the race footage coming second. And Andrew Gilliam was a fabulous third.
In the Pie Eaters all hail the Cleveland Steamer running two classes and victorious in this one and what a show it was. Mitchell Bell came home with a great second just ahead of the very competitive Tommy Steinfort.
In the Old Buggers who shared the track this week with the famous Pie Eaters a belter of a race saw Straughney just get the win by 0.117 seconds over Rabby! And after a fantastic start Pete Radler held on for third.
Cadet 12 saw Mad Max Walton take a brilliant win from the hard charging Mika Lemasurier, and Kayden Thompson got a fabulous third.
In the KA4s, Kurtis Tennant and Oscar Targett swapped wins all day but Kurtis it was who came home the winner just ahead of Targett by just 0.098 of a second and a fabulous third place was the 17 kart Ryan Silcock.
KA3 Juniors saw a return to racing from Ryan Newton and what a return with a fabulous win just ahead of the hard charging Tristan Griffin. Coming home a deserved third, the girl racer Annabelle Rolfo.
In the KA3 Senior Lights, another dominant display saw Jai Brown take a comfortable win ahead of Nathaniel Harrison in second who in turn was comfortably ahead of Benjamin McLeod. But as the video shows, Benjie was super pumped to be the best of the rest in a competitive field!
Cadet 9 saw Dima get a fabulous win just ahead of Jaxson Burns with brother Jenson Burns coming home third. They had the 4SS Cadets running with them and Tyson McGill best brother Hayden, but the story of the day has to be Tyson’s earlier 3rd place finish in the heat and 5th kart over the line in the final!
TaG Restricted Light saw a new star born and getting her first win and even clean sweeping the day, the fabulous girl racer Melanya Rudd was victorious over Sammy Haycock who just managed to beat our favourite bull rider Brody Nunn.
The 4SS Seniors again provided all the fun with some outstanding racing. In the Heavies, what a win again for the man Kevin Davis ahead of David Cook by just 0.345 of second. In a great battle behind them in third was the Bundaberg Flier Craig Silcox.
In the Lights, Brynn Stewart got the win ahead of Harrison Conroy and Justin Whittal came home third. In the Mediums, Scotty Pearce was never led and held firm for the win ahead of Riley Conroy.
TaG Light saw a return to racing at Ipswich circuit for Adam Mercer and he did it in style taking the win ahead of the return of the HITMAN Tommy Cooper who had dramas all day, but came back strong in the final. Conner Roberts grabbed himself third in his first crack at seniors!
Moving onto Lismore Kart Club and the Supercheap Auto Hotshots Titles for 2019 saw almost 50 NSW drivers front up to take part in the action.
- Race videos are all available on Kev the noise Commentary Facebook HERE.
Tag Restricted Light
1st – Jake Wheeler was unstoppable all day with fantastic pace in the kart and was never led, a superb display of precision driving! 2nd – Mark Frost got the dream start in the final pushing his way past Cameron on turn one in a gutsy move and never looked back. 3rd – Cameron McPherson, having qualified on pole, was on the pace all day but maybe slightly disappointed to be third over all after being so fast in the morning!
Tag Restricted Heavy
1st – Brett Shailes was the stand out performer all day with such pace that he clean swept the day and never looked like being challenged. 2nd – Tye Ruddy was in some challenges throughout the day but prevailed to be a comfortable second in the end. 3rd – Red Garrard was the driver with most action. After being passed by Josh Dagg he got back in front only to be passed again but Josh was deemed to have made an unsafe pass on one of them so Red got himself another podium at Lismore and well deserved it was too with the pair acknowledging a great battle between them.
Senior J Heavy
1st – Dean Nommensen is now seen as the show boater in the class after a move to pass Dimitri saw him pass the commentator giving the victory v with plenty of laps still to run! (fun on track at its best) 2nd – Ryan Newell still had a cracker day on track but couldn’t match Dean’s pace.
1st – Curt Nommensen was made to fight until 4 laps to end of the final before the unfortunate Simone Bisgrove suffered mechanical failure, Behind Curt there were other battles developing all over the place! 2nd – Dimitri Nommensen was spending most of his track time fighting Dean but eventually he got second in his weight class just ahead of Adam. 3rd – Adam Torcasio showed great consistency and will definitely be one to watch at Lismore in the next few races.
1st Light – Martin Hollings after having a mechanical failure early on with a fouled plug came back super strong. He had a fabulous race with the local Jodie Nommensen and came away triumphant. 2nd Light – Jodie Nommensen in her own word had pace all day but just not enough for an overtake but was never the less a very impressive second. 1st Heavy – Nicholas Essery with a weight disadvantage still showed great speed against the lighter drivers and early on in the races could have made some moves but held is own ground and finished third.
1st – Kobi Preston was a stand out performer in the Novice class not looking like he would be beaten and got a deserved win. 2nd – Joel Lammers had his first ever race and was so so impressive learning his skills with fast karts around him! He was never phased once and will quickly find more speed. 3rd – Travis Dhu, the cheeky driver – who wants the commentator’s job and ya can’t get him off the mic!! Was so so unlucky after his kart wouldn’t start in the final. And was forced to watch from the sideline after going so well in the heats.
1st – Kayden Thompson had a fabulous day of racing battling hard with both Jake Santin & Jett Kubelka. He eventually triumphed after backing up from a race day at Ipswich the day before. 2nd – Jake Santin on another day could have won as he looked well capable on the day; there was very little between them but Kayden was too strong. 3rd – Jett Kubelka was getting the best starts and right up there in the thick of it with good pace. He was lacking a little straight line speed perhaps because each time he got himself into second he eventually lost it after a few laps. But watch out for him in the near future!
A fabulous weekend of great karting action!