from Kev ‘The Nise’ Davies
Noisy Tour round 3 attracted 160 drivers from all over Queensland making it the biggest event held at the Gympie based track for years, and they pulled it off!
First of all when as a series you present a small regional track with big ambitions an entry field of 160 karters, you kind of subconsciously sit back and say “there ya go, deal with that.” But let’s start like this – not only did they deal with it but all these volunteers names below smashed it!
Canteen – was Darren Smith [Vice Prez and his family. Officials – Alf and Maureen, Tony Campbell [helping alf with scrutineering]. Lynne Mckenna [steward with Maureen], Darren Jensen clerk of course assistant clerks were Graham Richards, Paul Ward. Grid Marshall Kalie Sampson/ Belinda Wedlock helping on the Saturday morning [Belinda also helped on scales as well. Lights Col Leavy and timing was Fiona Williams from Warwick who helped us out big time and Hayden Andersen [assistant timing] Hayden is 14 and this was his second race meet and did an awesome job. We had our great volunteers helping on scales, recovery vehicle and out on track. I hope I didn’t forget anyone. Please also mention our other committee Mel treasurer who help during the weekend and Glenn Jaques President [Behind the scenes Glenn is the backbone of there club Also Jamie Andersen and Todd Cotter spent most afternoons after work at the track preparing it. Also, Jodie Rinaldi did an amazing job organising everything over the two days.
So, what about the racing I hear you say – well as usual the undercard to the superstars of the Noisy Tour did not disappoint! There was fabulous racing in 4-strokes, Cadet p plates and in the KA3 & KA4 classes, not to mention Cadet 9 & 12!
Cadet 9 beginners
Little Mackenzie Wagner claimed a clean sweep of victories ahead of Emrey Stallon in second with David Ross finishing 3rd. Tyler Ross 4th & Jacob Ross 5th also received medals.
Blake Haigh managed to grab 5th place as he continues to improve. Just ahead of him was the birthday boy Seth Cotter while third place went to Jagger Brophy with the distinctive orange wheeled kart. Second went to Cooper Millard but none were a match for the #55 of Sayter ”bug” Brown (son of Warwick kart club president Nicole) getting his first ever win!
Dima (Basilio Micale) was yet again on perfect form managing a clean sweep of victories. Cooper Folley drove really well to grab second just ahead of Riley Curtis in third. Angus Maxworthy was always in the hunt but luck just wasn’t on his side this weekend.
Isaac McNeill, despite losing the final, had made it a faultless performance up to that point winning every heat, in so doing amassing enough points for a comfortable victory. Second place went to Ryan MacMillan who won the final also. Third place was a real tussle between Zac Butler from Gladstone who would eventually be beaten by just one point by Jenson Burns.
WELZIE the ormeau flyer (Jack Wells) gets another victory under his belt, but the result alone really doesn’t tell the story of the fantastic racing between all the KA4 drivers. Hayden Egan (the Bundaberg Bullet) scrapped his way to a very respectable 4th place, just behind Ari Wedlock who grabbed third. Second place was taken by Jordan Ensbey with another great performance.
Lilly Doessel finished equal on points with Keeannah Egan but came 4th on count back, so it was Keeannah in 3rd, just behind JordBriggs who again finished on the same points as winner Jack Doessel but gets second on count back. This was the class that everyone was talking about – one of the smallest fields of the day with some of the best racing!
A Kart Republic lock out in this one with win going to Zane Rinaldi and second to Shaun Jaques; they were 1-2 in the first three heats. In the final, Remy Haller drove superbly to grab second place, not quite enough to get second overall, but getting third and finishing 4 points ahead of the pirate racer Coby Govoni, with Elliot Cleary coming home in 5th.
Tim Hinwood won the Supermax class and Gregory Ryan won the Light class. In the Mediums a great win by James Hogan ahead of swoop (Kevin Johnson) and in third it was the Monster Energy kart #44 driven by the driving with autism ambassador TimBaker. Brandy Palmer was unfortunately hampered by a sore neck in her first ever race, but that didn’t stop her sending plenty of hang tens the commentators way!
Another faultless performance by the Cooloola flyer Byron Phillips,. The surprise of this class is that in every race each driver finished in exactly the same position despite starting in different positions. Harvey Price was second overall and second in every race. Robert Reid third with Luke Smith 4th leaving Lachlan Callaghan-Pearce 5th.
The Sumo’s (TaG Heavy)
What an absolutely brilliant performance by another Bundaberg Bullet Blayke Wagner who really has been on top form in the Noisy Tour winning every race. Just behind and always in the hunt was the international driver Team Gavarni’s Gaven Whitmore. In third, Scott Gray the factory Project X pilot, and to demonstrate how close the racing was the next three drivers all finished on 24 points – Rodney rudy Farkas 4th, Barclay Holden (the Queensland F100 2020 state champion) 5th, Paul Vuichoud another Bundaberg bullet 6th, just one point further back Angus Kimi Buddah Mathers on 26 points who in turn beat Colin Palmer by a point!
The Midgets (TaG Restricted Light)
Emily Calwell could have definitely been in that top four but finished in 6th due to a lowly finish in heat 1. On 18 points, Daniel Brown came home 5th, Jacob Calwell drove consistently all day to finish 4th just one point behind Ryan Derrick in 3rd. Second place went to a local specialist Adam Strohfeldt and the win went to the super consistent Peter Bossons.
Loose Units (Open Performance)
Peter Bossons featured once more in this class finishing third ahead of Peter Virgulti and Tim Wagner. In second place it was the bull rider Brody Nunn who shared two wins each with Scott Sorensen the birthday boy. Such an array of machinery in this class is what makes it such a spectacle, with Sorensen using a Sper X30, Nunn a KZ2, Bossons a twin Rotax and Virgulti a DDd2.
The Old Buggers (TaG Restricted Masters)
The final result in this was all changed in the final when a coming together at turn one took several drivers out, one of them being Peter Virgulti who had won every heat! It meant that Terry Grant & Scott Gray missed out on an almost certain top 4 finish each to come home 6th & 7th respectively. Bazza Mendelson grabbed 5th just behind Eddie Wot (Nick Newman) in 4th. Peter Patzwald, another local track specialist, deserved his third place whilst Magic Mike, who was also caught up in the turn one incident, managed to claw his way back through the field and take 2nd over all. But even with a DNF in the final, Peter Virgulti got enough points to secure a great win.
The famous Pie Eaters (TaG Restricted Medium)
Sixth place Smithy & 5th place Satts is where this story starts due to the epic battle the pair had on track wheel too wheel for a number of laps. In fourth was superman (Kent Lawrence) with an awesome drive missing out on the podium to fast Freddie Shepherd. In second, with a great performance all day, was Tom Steinfort. But none were a match for the international driver in this class team gavarni’s Gaven Whitmore gets another clean sweep!
We were treated to several demo runs from the Queensland Vintage & Historic Kart Club and I myself was able to jump in a kart and do some laps in a T7 Birel owned by Grant Yarrow. Below is thelist of drivers and equipment used:
Vintage demo sessions:
Champagne flowed on the noisy tour podium again and a brilliant race weekend came to an end. Happy smiley faces all round, and a massive thanks to our sponsors:
- Scooter speedshop trailers
- Northside kart supplies
- T and b plumbing
- Wongy’s tilt tray and hydraulics
- Project x racing our title sponsor