from Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies
Well the rapid racing format (morning & afternoon sessions on each of two days) was a resounding success, one which saw 112 drivers register for 4 seperate race sessions over the weekend!
The volunteers, officials, helpers & canteen all did an amazing job @ making it all run seamlessly. The racing was brilliant and social distancing 1.5 metres, but on track .001 of a second!!
The 4SS Seniors saw Jules Folley the light driver having fun on track with the Mediums of which Tim Baker come home third, behind James Hogan. New man on the block Danny Palmer grabbed a win in his first ever race!
In the KA4 Juniors, rounding out the top 5 was Lachie Platten who finished just behind girl racer Alice Buckley. In the podium positions were Hayden Sell in 3rd, a great second place for the Ormeau Fly Wellzie (Jack Wells) and a fantastic win for the #94 motivate driver Alex Gardner.
No fewer than 12 beginners took to the track on the weekend and in the Cadet 12P, the birthday boy Robert Forrest brought the #27 kart home 3rd and was tied on points with James Raymakers in 4th. Coming home second was Jackson Morrissey and that left Jacob Whiteman to take a fabulous victory.
The Cadet 9P was eventful to say the least with some of the drivers having their first race meeting. Little Mikko Wuoti, son of one of the famous sumo’s of the Noisy Tour Guy Wuoti, was having a particularly good time racing everyone on the sighting lap!
But when racing got going the son of Warwick Kart Club President (Nicole Brown) little Slaterbug brown came home in a brilliant 3rd place. In second was Tommy the hitman Titman, son of sprint car ace Kev Titman, and 1st place went to Hunter Fischle.
Cadet 9 saw some great racing and the top 5 was rounded out by Harper Brown. Cooper Folley had a fabulous meeting to bring his #16 kart home in 4th just behind the first podium getter Zack Hilder. In second was the little rocket Sebastian Eskandari Miranda. A return to karting after a six week layoff due to a quad biking accident couldn’t have been more spectacular with a supremely dominant performance and win for DIMA (Basilio Micale).
Coming home on track in third was the one 4-stroke Cadet of Samuel Piggott who drove really well.
The last of the Saturday races, 4SS Junior, was perhaps the most spectacular of the weekend for two reasons – reason one was that the Greenhalgh brothers took out 1st and 2nd with Jackson just beating Samuel, and when I say just beating it’s heat 4 where that couldn’t have been closer with the pair going over the line side by side and I had to revert to speedhive to discover Jackson took the win in that heat by 0.001 of a second. The thrills didn’t stop there as another brother pairing were in the class, Lachy Rice bringing his kart home in 5th while brother Mitch Rice in the #34 kart managed to grab 3rd after a hard fought battle with eventual 4th place finisher Miles Bromley.
That wrapped up Rapid Racing’s day one… now on to day two.
TaG Light saw Aaron Williams finish 5th, just behind fast Finley Derry, and coming home in 3rd a driver who until this race meeting was in the TaG Heavy class. After changing diet and setting a goal to race in Lights once again, Scott Gray not only did exactly that but also got himself on the podium. Bailey Sagaidak drove really well to finish second behind eventual winner Marc Tulloch.
In the KA3 Seniors, Jack Big Bang Buchback brought the #11 kart home in 3rd behind Robert Reid and the win went to Ryan Uhlmann.
In the TaG Restricted Light, newcomer Angus Gardener finished 4th behind podium getter Robert Mortensen. In second was Peter Bossons, but none were a match for the in-form Brent Reading.
15 Cadet 12 karts took to the track and in 5th was young Paddy Buckley. Just ahead of him the first of the twins Jaxson Burns in 4th, on the podium in 3rd was the tempur sponsored 98 of Jackson Cooper. A great drive from Isaac McNeill got him 2nd place and an outstanding performance on the day by Jenson Burns earns him a great win.
Onto the famous Old Buggers (TaG R Masters) and Jezza Knight came home 4th, just ahead of him (Superman) Kent Lawrence finished 3rd just behind Justin Beeton who won the final to grab enough points to get second overall. The win went to Tommy Steinfort in the new cammo race suit!
The famous Pie Eaters (TaG R Med) was a topsy-turvey affair with Bazza taking one win with a cheeky hang ten two laps from the end! Fritzy took a win too and Mal Newing got his first ever win. But consistency wins Dave Bossons the win, Fritzy came second just ahead of Mal Newing rounding out the podium, 4th was Bazza with Tony Hardacre grabbing 5th.
TaG Heavy ended with Tony Hardacre finishing 3rd behind Tony Crawford and the win went to another Noisy Tour driver, Guy Wuoti.
One of the closest fought classes was KA3 Juniors and a fabulous 5th place to Elliot Cleary, just behind girl racer Alice Buckley who doubled up from KA4 Junior the day before. In third was the ormeau flyer Wellzie (Jack Wells). Also doubling up from Saturday, the hard charging Oscar Targett came home second after he had spent his Saturday testing in the Excel at Morgan park! But a fabulous win was taken by Kart Republic driver Zane Rinaldi.
What a fabulous weekend of racing, and smiles all around with DPE, KAOS & Project X vouchers given to the podium getters.
- full SATURDAY results on speedhive HERE
- full SUNDAY results HERE
- more race videos HERE
- More photos and interviews HERE