First Meeting On Extended Circuit Mark Webber

by Ben Aylen

Round 1 of the Canberra Club Championship and NSW KZ2 Series, supported by Natural Gas and Water, was held on the 1110m Circuit Mark Webber on Sunday 22 March 2020.

Mark Webber had attended a track opening ceremony the week prior and sampled a few laps himself, however no karts were run in anger on the circuit until the weekend of the event.

Mark Webber at the official opening earlier in the month

In the lead up to the race meeting, and with all kinds of events being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 virus, there was uncertainty around whether or not the race would proceed.

However, once it was made clear the event would proceed with a number of precautions, the number of pre-entries skyrocketed reaching the maximum number of 120 competitors allowed within 24 hours of communicating on Facebook that the event would indeed go-ahead.

The race meeting was structured in a way that removed the need for people to congregate together. In order to comply with Government Regulations (which have since been tightened), some of the precautions that took place included:

  • Limiting the number of competitors to 120 people
  • Drivers Briefing was performed via email and over the PA system
  • Presentation was also performed over the PA
  • Canteen food was limited. Only food items in sealed containers were served
  • Competitors were only allowed one spectator / pitcrew
  • Social distancing was of course exercised
  • Spectators were not allowed within precinct.

Fortunately, there was good television coverage from ABC News Canberra and WIN News Canberra so anyone that wasn’t able to make it the race meeting could get a taste for what the new circuit is like.

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The amount of positive feedback from drivers about the circuit extension was overwhelming with everyone thoroughly enjoying the mix of fast flowing corners combined with some technical sections as well.

The wide track created excellent passing opportunities and some absolutely fantastic racing.

  • Results below. Full results on speedhive HERE
  • Several videos are on the club’s Facebook HERE, several photos of the build HERE

The Canberra Kart Racing Club thanks everyone who worked together to allow this event to proceed in difficult times. The club has since closed the track for all activities but encourages anyone considering sampling the new Circuit Mark Webber to keep an eye on the club’s website www.canberrakarts.com.au or Facebook www.facebook.com/CircuitMarkWebber for the tracks re-opening.

Above: on-board with Trevor Hall, KZ2/KZ2 Masters

Results

4SS Light (8 entries)
1 Jonathon Marcusson
2 Lewis Buhagiar
3 Nathan Taylor

4SS Heavy (9 entries)
1 Aaron Bell
2 Aaron Lewis
3 Michael Russell

4SS Super Heavy (5 entries)
1 Brent Dickson
2 Kurtis Dickson
3 Kurt Woodward

Junior Light (6 entries)
1 Hayden Crossland
2 Conor Zimmermann
3 Troy Omaye

Junior Heavy
1 Kyle Morse

Junior Mid
1 Sharleece Coan

Rookies (10 entries)
1 Kobe McInerney
2 Darcy Boulding
3 Ethan Bell

Junior P (7 entries)
1 Cody Maynes-Rutty
2 Mitchell Saunderson
3 Sebastian Ruiz

Novies (11 entries)
1 Corey Carson
2 Joshua Hunter
3 Riley Bates

Senior Performance Light (8 entries)
1 Zakiah-Reginald Varley
2 Lewis Buhagiar
3 Ryan Hughes

TaG Restricted Light (18 entries)
1 Jordan Freestone
2 Graham Dupond
3 Hunter Sydenham

Senior Light
1 John Wells

TaG R Heavy
1 Adam Strong

TaG 125 Light (9 entries)
1 Chris Bregonje
2 Timothy Colombrita
3 Paul McKinnon

TaG 125 Heavy (11 entries)
1 Tony Bregonje
2 Ryan Reynolds
3 Nicholas Crawshay

Open Performance
1 Steven Martin
2 Peter Beeten

KZ2 (10 entries)
1 Mathew Erdmann
2 Christopher Sutherland
3 Reece Cohen

KZ2 Masters (5 entries)
1 Daniel Orsini
2 Greg Holden
3 Trevor Hall

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