by Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies
Ninety-two entries travelled over the hill to compete in Warwick Kart Clubs 2021 championship round 1 last weekend. Fabulous weather greeted the drivers who made the trek to a fabulously presented circuit once more.
Cadet 9’s first up, and some really competitive driving all day with a few surprises and one bit of very bad luck. Unfortunately we lost Brock Helm early on with a hand injury after a turn one incident. Mikko Wuoti most certainly came of age at this very meeting as he was able to not only stay with the front pack but also posted the quickest lap of the final! However it was an amazing performance by p-plater Charlie Hogan to grab 3rd place overall, Slayter Brown (son of Warwick Kart Club president Nicole) came home second and top spot went to a well deserved Gabriel Elkayam.
In the KA3 Juniors, Dean Silcock almost made the podium with a late charge. Just ahead of him was the iQ Oils entry of Bryce Lane, another driver who now finds himself in a competitive package and able to compete with the front runners. The Castrol sponsored #39 of Connor Peacock beat him to second on countback, but no one was a match for the Lismore rocket of Braith Santin, winning every heat and final!
TaG Restricted Medium saw Jeremy Knight take victory ahead of a late charge from Paul “muscles” Flynn with Benjamin Hennock a deserved 3rd place.
In the TaG Restricted Masters it was a case of close but no cigar for Shane Castles who was right with the front pack but just couldn’t get amongst them. Getting third place Eddie wot aka nick Newman in his brand new buggy, finishing behind second place getter and his good mate “the technical director” aka Terry Grant. But it was another clean sweep of victories for our favourite RODNEY Rudy Farkas to take the win – oh, and the chocolate on the podium!
In the 4SS Junior there was another driver in Jacob Thompson able to stay with the front pack but just not able to manufacture a pass during the races, leaving Finn Woodley to get a well deserved 3rd place. Second went to Jackson Greenhalgh who lost out by just one point to eventual winner Kachy Rice.
Abbey McDonald & Tim Baker had fun in one of the Combined classes with Abbey leading the pack in her KA3 Senior machine and Tim bringing up the rear in his 4SS Senior Medium kart leaving Rice, Greenhalgh & Le Garde to scrap it out for a win in the 4SS Senior Lights. Eeventually after some epic battles, Greenhalgh came home 3rd, Le Garde finished second and the win went to Mitch Rice by a clear 4 points.
Codey Collins missed on the podium in the TaG Restricted Light by 4 points behind the slightly more consistent Mitchell Bensley. Coming home second was the Hobbs Drive entry and local favourite Nick Hobbs, while the third clean sweep of the day went to Keegan Fraser taking the win.
Lachlan Costa is getting closer and closer by the race meeting to the pace of the front runners in KA4 Juniors, but on this occasion finished 8 points behind 3rd place getter Cody Anderson. In second was the #70 Bedshed entry of Dominic Penman. Victory was a walk in the park however for the in-form Hayden Sell!
The Lismore pairing of Jake Santin and Kobi Preston came oh so close to the podium in Cadet 12, finishing 4th & 5th respectively in the biggest field of the day. Louis Brown returned to his old form to finish ahead of them both in 3rd; second went to the super consistent Baxter Jarrett and winning was another Sell, this time Jordan!
Open Performance us treated to a display of driving the fastest machines in kart racing by Bejay Flannery (aboard a DD2) & Leorra Devisser (KZ2).
Once again, thanks to all the officials and volunteers for making it possible; thanks to Les Allan, Annette English & Darren Jenson for travelling to officiate, and our very own Phil McRacklin for feeding everyone, not just on Sunday but on Saturday and then into the night Saturday during the karaoke Saturday night social evening at the track.
The Noise, over and out!
NEXT RACE MEETING – ROUND 2 of the club championship and Junior Top Guns combined on 10/11 April, unofficial practice on the 9th.