by Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies
69 entries made the trip to the Hidden Valley Kart Raceway, home of Lismore Kart Club, for the Out of Isolation round 2 event.
Perfect racing conditions greeted the drivers on Sunday as well as the brand new lap counter & timer!
The Junior Lights saw Max Gommers come home third behind the visiting driver Hayden Egan (all the way from Bundaberg for this race meeting) and they were both beaten by the One Fix Plumbing sponsored Dean Silcock.
Curt McPherson continues to improve under the instruction of Derek Jones from Power Republic, but on race day Curt had the bad luck of a small accident and has unfortunately injured his shoulder. Ahead of him Charlie Hogan and Riley Grande battled all day. Coming home 5th with a great day’s driving was Angus Maxworthy and just ahead of him, possibly the unluckiest driver on the day, Travis Dhu who was
quick enough for a podium. In third place and yet another podium, was Brock Helm who continues to improve. The local favourite, Kobi Preston, managed a well deserved second place, but they were beaten on the day by perhaps the best driver I’ve seen in this age group in a long time, Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi.
Declan Hicks enjoyed another day of learning, Jack Beeton suffered 2 dnf’s on the day which spoiled his chances of a podium because his races he finished were both 5th place showing he had speed. Jackson Morrissey was going well all day and Joel Lammers continues to get faster each time he races. Luke Rinaldi unfortunately also suffered a dnf in the final having had top 5 pace.
So onto the top 5 and the turn around of the day after a little set up advice from fellow competitor father Russel Cooper, Dominic came out in the final and smashed it recording his best result of the day a 4th showing what he can do. In 4th was James Cittolin who drove two classes on the day also! Another driver who competed in two classes on the day was Louis Brown who came home 3rd. The Tempur sponsored 98 kart of Jackson Cooper managed a fabulous 2nd place, and the outstanding drive of the day went to Kayden Thompson who looked unstoppable to claim a convincing victory.
TaG Restricted Light:
A great day of racing for the Restricted Lights and the Sutton pairing of Michael & Crawford were learning the track well all day. Andrew McDougall at times found himself in a lonely race because he was faster than those behind but just couldn’t stay with the pace of Bradley Bryant who finished fifth. The home track favourite Simone Bisgrove suffered some bad luck through the day which left her just shy of enough pints to secure 3rd, having to settle for 4th. Ahead of her in that 3rd place was the first Power Republic factory driver Mitchel Robinson. He in turn was beaten into 2nd place by fellow Power Republic driver Lucas O’Connor. But the class of the field once again around the Hidden Valley Kart Raceway came from Brent Reading who has won both Out of Isolation events now!
TaG Restricted Heavy:
Gregg decided he would have a crack again at racing and had a blast all day ahead of him was Ben Scully who seemed to miss the set up all day with a best position of ninth. In 11th was Phoenix Harrison who showed pace but had some bad luck on the day. Making the top ten was Trent Disson just behind the hard charging Jarrad Shailes. Coming home 8th was the competitive Matty Wright who had one hell of a battle in heat three with Jamie Gluyas and Badley Schneider who finished 6th & 7th overall. Trent Dhu had another cracker day to secure 5th behind the super super consistent Jason Routley who grabbed 4th.
Onto the podium and in 3rd place was Justin Beeton who had some great battles throughout the day with the second place finisher Daggsy (Josh Dagg) but it was ultimately a show of class from the eventual winner Tom Steinfort who showed his class all day.
TaG Light and Heavy:
The one TaG Heavy driver Nigel Everest had a great day chasing the Lights and of those it was Martin Hollings who grabbed third behind Jodie Nommensen in second. But no one could stay with the pace of (lover boy) Elliot Thompson who clean swept the day!
Rookie Mini Max:
James Cittolin came home a close third behind local driver Jake Santin, but count back gave Louis Brown the overall win after both drivers finished on 5 points.
Another competitive class this one and unfortunately Aleksey Krylov suffered an injury in an accident during the first heat so took no further part in the day (we wish him a speedy recovery). Josh Miller had never seen the circuit before Sunday so without practice he spent the race day learning and finished just behind Eddie Garrard who was the one J-Max driver in the field. Ryan Silcock struggled with set up and finished a lowly 8th place, Ned Lenehen brought the 97 kart home in 7th just behind (Big Bang) Jack Buchback in 6th.
The top 5 was super competitive and in 5th Bradi (The Bullet) Owen really did show speed, but one mistake in a race he was leading cost him dearly! Braith Santin once again showed super consistency finishing 4th behind (the Pocket Rocket) Jakob Scott. In second place the driver all the way from the Sunshine Coast was worth it for the flying 55 of Zane Rinaldi, but what a superb day of driving for eventual winner Elliot Cleary!
Senior Classic & 4SS:
The friendliest class of racing there is and it didn’t disappoint, ya can’t help but combine the classes which would have seen Warren Dhu with a win, but in their respective classes, Curt Nomensen suffered endless mechanical dramas all day and finished last, behind the p-plater Darren Miller. In second place was Dean Nommensen who was beaten fairly and squarely by Dimitri Nommensen. In the 4-bangers, Warren Dhu beat Steve Bryant but both of them were right in the thick of all the action all day.
Another brilliant day of racing was had by all and the State of Origin battle was won by NSW 26 to QLD 25.
Now we move on to Coffs Harbour this weekend where over 100 entries have already been received for the Northern Zone round 2.