RKA Kick Off in Canberra

by Kev “The Noise” Davies

It was yet another amazing RETRO KARTING AUSTRALIA WEEKEND, this time round one of the 2021 championship season and it was the NSW State Titles round at Canberra Kart Racing Club, the Circuit Mark Webber proved to be the perfect venue.

In addition to the regular Canberra race meeting classes, there were 65 entries in the five Retro Karting Australia (RKA) classes and there was some fabulous racing!

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Clubman Heavy

The Italian stallion Adrian Rossetto just missed out on a podium and his good mate Ben the bullet Savage pipped him to third place after some great early battles in his PKP sponsored kart. the Jay Duggin Painting & LHD sponsored #29 of Leigh Cocker finished in second place, but it was a masterful performance by the Extreme Flooring entry of Paul Pittam in his #113 machine taking victory by .603 of a second!

Clubman Heavy podium. Andy Cash stepped up to grab Ben Savage’s trophy for him!

Formula 100 Light

The F100 racing was once again amazing to watch. The McAuley Race Engines entry of Tim Monte just fell short of the pace to stay with the front four who were doing 46.6 second laps. With just hundredths of a second between them it was the Pulse Tuning duo of Glen & Steve Riddell who were just ahead of Monte and Glen took the bottom step of the podium. In second the BC Kart entry of Brad Cady was absolutely on the pace all weekend. That left the #15 Garage 56 & elf fuels entry of Josh Hunt to take the win. A mention in this one to the unfortunate #66 RonDek McAuley Race Engines entry of Reif Corbett who was on the pace of the front pack before mechanical failure saw him pull off the track on lap 5.

F100 Light podium

Clubman Super Heavy

Some great battles in the Super Heavy class with Clancy Venables eventually having to settle for 6th place behind Mr Consistent Kurt Woodward, but Kurt couldn’t quite get the speed out of the kart to stay with Anthony Di Mouro. Then there was a gap to the front three who slugged it out for the victory. Eventually coming home third was the #199 entry of Leigh Cocker; he couldn’t quite stay with Aaron Jackson and Aaron was really hustling Paul Pittam right up to the last few laps, but Paul was able to pull a gap and get another victory for the weekend! 


Clubman Super Heavy podium

Clubman Light

Evan Broughton in the Pulse Tuning #91 kart finally got some pace in the final and was able to secure 5th place. Early in the final Shane Scicluna was with the leaders but died off a little towards the end but still secured 4th. The #129 entry of Rhys Harrod had bad luck in his Racing Image entry in the Formula 100 class but in the Pro Clubman Light showed his class to secure 3rd. Second place went to Michael Riley who was fast all weekend but the final saw him playing catch up to eventual winner Chris Sandrone. A special mention once again to the #66 RonDek / McAuley Racing entry of Reif Corbett who looked to be the man to beat but was robbed by a mechanical failure! 

Clubman Light podium

Formula 100 Heavy

This was bubbling away and shaping up to an absolutely tremendous climax before a coming together robbed us of the finish we could see developing.

Ryan Aitken drive brilliantly to finish 3rd in this one, and all the drama unfolded before our very eyes as Matt Wall, Josh Pontello & Daniel Richert swapped places time after time. After Daniel Richert had taken the lead once again through PCR as they went onto the Pulse Tuning hairpin, Matt saw his opportunity to grab the lead back, unfortunately as Josh Pontello followed Matt into the hairpin underneath Richert, there was contact and out went Wall. That left Richert to race away to the win with the chasing Pontello to follow him home in second.

F100 Heavy podium. Melinda Price stood in for Daniel on the podium to add a little glamour to the proceedings

All in all an amazing weekend with the committee / members / volunteers / canteen staff welcoming the RKA family with open arms to the KNSW facility.

Our very own Michelle Riddell & Simon Dartell did an amazing job keeping our drivers informed and in line, along with George.

It’s now on to Bolivar SA for round 2, now on 8th-9th May for the SA State Championships 

Kev The Noise Davies, signing out!


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