Victorian State Cup

The Bairnsdale Kart Club hosted the 2019 Victorian State Cup ‘black plate’ event at its fast aerodrome-based circuit in East Gippsland last weekend.

The weather turned wet for qualifying and the opening couple of heat races on Saturday, but the rest of the weekend was dry.

Famous for its street meetings in the 1990s, karting has been struggling in the area of late. Considering this was the first major event at the venue in years, the club should be commended on a job well done.

Vic Combined Medium
1 Jackson Rice
2 Blair van Ree
3 Brett Jenkin

Jackson Rice wins Vic Combined Medium (pic – Pace Images)
Vic Combined Medium podium (pic – Pace Images)

KA4 Junior Light
1 Jake Santalucia
2 Jesse Lacey
3 William Newell

KA4 Junior Light winner Jake Santaluia (9) leads William Newell (48), Jesse Lacey (6), Rhylee Jackson (77) and Liam Walther (44) into turn one (pic – Pace Images)
KA4 Junior Light podium (pic – Pace Images)

KA3 Senior Light
1 Joel MacPherson
2 Taine Venables
3 Bodhi Bright

After qualifying pole and winning the opening heat in the wet, Joel MacPherson (42) had to play second fiddle to Taine Venables (43) in the remaining heat races. However, the Tony Kart Australia driver got up to win the one that counts in KA3 Light over Venables and new-to-seniors Bodhi Bright (14) (pic – Pace Images)
KA3 Light podium (pic – Pace Images)

Cadet 9
1 William Calleja
2 Mathew Basso
3 Max Mangano

Cadet 9 winner William Calleja (96) battles with Mathew Basso 918) who would finish second in the Final having earlier qualified fastest and won three of the four heats (pic – Pace Images)
Cadet 9 podium (pic – Pace Images)

KA4 Junior Heavy
1 Braden Clark
2 Riley Jabke
3 Maximus Chudasko

Braden Clark won the KA4 Junior Heavy final by almost 8 seconds. Prior to that, the heat wins had gone to Maximus Chudasko and Riley Jabke (2 each) (pic – Pace Images)
KA4 Junior Heavy podium (pic – Pace Images)

Vic Combined Light
1 David Menzel
2 Steven Malkin
3 Alexander Grutteria

David Menzel takes the chequers in Vic Combined Light (pic – Pace Images)
Vic Combined Light podium (pic – Pace Images)

KA3 Senior Medium
1 Taine Venables
2 Joseph Tighe
3 Benjamin Mouritz

Taine Venables ran two classes, easily winning the KA3 Medium final and second in Light. He shared the Medium heat wins with Ryan Aitken (x1) and fastest qualifier Joseph Tighe (x2) (pic – Pace Images)
KA3 medium podium (pic – Pace Images)

KA3 Junior
1 Bailey Collins
2 Nicholas Sacco
3 Hugo Simpson

After qualifying fastest and winning all but one of the heats, Bailey Collins leads KA3 Junior into turn one followed by Josh D’Ambrosio (95), Hugo Simpson (17). Nicholas Sacco (80) and Kobi Williams (94) (pic – Pace Images)
KA3 Junior podium (pic – Pace Images)

Cadet 12
1 Caleb Spence
2 Lewis Francis
3 Toby Dvorak

Pole sitter Caleb Spence heads the Cadet 12 start (pic – Pace Images)
Cadet 12 podium (pic – Pace Images)

TaG 125 Light
1 Matthew Hillyer
2 Samuel Downing
3 Curt Sera

Matthew Hillyer, 1st Tag 125 Light (pic – Pace Images)
TaG 125 Light podium (pic – Pace Images)

Vic Combined Masters
1 Phil Smith
2 Peter Gigis
3 Herman van Ree

Phil Smith took a clean sweep of the results in Vic Combined Masters, here under initial pressure from Mark Appleby, followed by Herman van Ree, Trevor Whitby and Grant Wicks (pic – Pace Images)
Vic Combined Masters podium (pic – Pace Images)
Troy Alger set the pace in TaG 125 Light, qualifying fastest and winning all but one of the heats. However a scuffle in the final saw him unplaced. Fastest lap was some consolation. (pic – Pace Images)
Riley Jabke (44) and Kobi Williams (94) both lucky this didn’t turn out worse in KA3 Junior (pic – Pace Images)
Last junior event for Bailey Collins (pic – Pace Images)
Layne Seikman (29) qualified fastest in Vic Combined Medium (pic – Pace Images)
That sticker looks good there 馃檪 (pic – Pace Images)
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