by Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies
Well what a weekend that was in Coffs Harbour! KNSW welcomed 110 drivers to the coliseum to contest the Northern Zone round 2 event.
Track conditions were perfect, the action was electrifying and a huge round of applause must go to the club Committee /officials / members / volunteers and of course drivers + pit crew for making this covid-19 restricted event run so smoothly.
Four heats of racing plus a final over two days was what greeted the drivers, many of them driver down from Queensland making it another State of Origin battle; which I have to just say quickly NSW 44, QLD 26 is how that ended up, so let’s not talk about that hahahaha!!!
The racing proper then and let’s start with TaG Restricted Heavy; one of our favourite RKA regulars Brenden with an E Gough came for another hit out in TaG Restricted Heavy and managed a fabulous 3rd place, only 1 point behind the Noisy Tour regular (Daggsy) Josh Daggs, but it was a very dominant performance once again by yet another Noisy Tour regular, team Gavarni’s Gaven Whitmore. In this class at least it was a Qld lockout!
In the Rookies the Queensland state champion flew from Cairns to Brisbane, hired a ute in Brisbane and drove to Coffs Harbour -now that’s dedication to the sport! And Michael Janusz was rewarded with a 3rd place for his efforts! Louis Brown drove magnificently to grab second place, but neither were a match for the super quick Kayden Thompson who came off a win last time out at Lismore to do the same again here.
In the Novice class a great drive from Luca Wasley bagged him third place and but for a dnf it so easily could have been one place higher, but the new kid on the block aboard his Parolin kart, Brock Helm, took that honour by just one point. Winning the weekend with a near faultless performance was none other than Kobi Preston.
Junior Light and Jmax shared the stage and in the Jmax class Seth Brown was no match for the lightning quick Braith Santin.
The junior track action was spectacular all weekend long and eventually Cooper Griffiths managed to bag 3rd place by a single point over Bailey Harris. 2nd place went to Jamie Newton who was on double duties over the weekend, but first place was a hard fought win by Cooper Barnes who came through the field from the back in at least two heats.
Junior Performance was up next and (Rhino) Rhyan Mueller is really starting to develop his race craft and managed to fight his way into 3rd place just above Bradi (the bullet) Owen by a single point. Second went one of Kart Republic drivers Zane Rinaldi with an excellent weekend of racing, and in the end it was just 2 points that separated him and eventual winner, the flying #64 of Elliot Cleary!
In the Senior Performance Light (the Cooloola flyer) Byron Phillips was eased out to 4th place by home favourite the rocket #51 of Ryan Hughes (Hughsey). The hard charging all American Drive line & auto parts pairing dominated the class in this one and Declan Mathews eventually grabbed 2nd place only being beaten by his brother Jace Mathews who won the weekend convincingly.
The TaG Restricted Light class saw Mark Han just miss out on the podium, beaten to it by third placed Anthony Nevins. Coming home 2nd after scrapping for it all weekend with some great driving was Dan Clarkson, but no one was a match for the Power Republic factory driver Lucas O’Connor who clean sweept the whole weekend!
Senior Performance Heavy now and Michael Harris just beat Greg Moore’s by a point to get himself onto the podium in 3rd. Second place went to Brady Buchanan who finished on 10 points the same as eventual winner Aaron Wasley who got the win having won the final.
Another fun day at the track for team Nommensen and whilst Dimitri was battling dad Dean all weekend only to be beaten by DaD!! So Dean got 3rd it was left to brother Curt to try and get the win, one driver stood in their way and he was formidable opposition, so much so that Nathan Goodsell won every heat and the final to take victory.
On to TaG Light and local flyer Zane Morrison just missed out on the podium by a point behind Queensland’s Tommy (the hitman) Cooper. It was local legend Tomothy Aebi who beat them both into second place but none were a match for eventual winner who was bang on form, the #78 James Hamer!
Last but not least then, and the Sumo’s were out in force the TaG Heavies! Angus (Kimi Buddah) Mathers came home 5th behind (el Presidente) James Morrison who is returning from illness but still managed a heat 2 win. That however wasn’t enough to bridge the gap to eventual 3rd place finisher Rhys Clayton. A brilliant drive all weekend saw (the professor) Scott Cleveland bag 2nd place, but once again a massively dominant weekend, and double duties too remember, the win went to team Gavarni, Gaven Whitmore.
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