by Kev ‘The Noise’ Davies
What an amazing weekend (March 27) and numbers topped last years at the same event which is fabulous with 145 entries received. The club officials, canteen staff, ambulance staff and helpers alike all did amazingly to run the event so smoothly.
Let’s start with a sad note, but in a way of celebration. It was Kevin Cossor’s last race meeting ever. The 70 year old racer has had many years of Karting and truly liked by all in the sport. It’s a sad day when such a gentleman hangs up the race suit and helmet, but one that many people have already shared fond memories of. Good luck with all the gardening and relaxing you’ll have to do now Kev and see you at the track again soon (for a visit)!
Ok, onto the weekend racing! The noisy tour classes first:
The famous Pie Eaters (TaG Restricted Medium)
This saw some intense close racing with local legend Peter Patzwald just missing out on the podium. The international driver (Gaven Whitmore) was third after being just off the pace of the front two this weekend. In second was Two-Tap (Blayke Wagner), and neither of them were a match for eventual winner, the birthday boy him self who was actually 21 on finals day (the Rockhampton Rocket) Jacob Calwell.
The Loose Units (Open Performance)
Peter Virgulti (fattygulti) just missed out on the podium behind the Ipswich Kart Club president Scott Cleveland (steamer). In second and only 2 behind eventual winner was young Zane Morrison aboard his KZ2 all the way from Coffs Harbour Kart Racing Club. Beating them all in his twin engined 200 kg Rotax was Peter Bossons (Bosso).
The Sumos (TaG Heavy)
This one saw a few surprises, Blayke Wagner (two-tap), Gaven Whitmore (the international driver) and Rodney Rudy Farkas were all off the pace for some reason. Colin Palmer and Jarad Neinert were both really competitive, so it was fabulous to see the Bundaberg Marineland driver Paul Vuichoud right up there and if he hadn’t been turned around in one of his heats he would for sure have been on the podium!
That first podium position actually went to the super consistent cool hand Luke Thomas who himself got caught up in a couple of incidents. So in second place one of our favourite racers from Ipswich Kart Club, Peter Sattler (satts) bagged himself second place with an awesome second day after now being happy with say one. The win went to a newcomer to the class, young fast Finlay Derry who was absolutely unstoppable in his TGR kart.
The Midgets (TaG Restricted Light)
Doubling up in two classes is never easy but Zane Morrison from Harbour made it look that way. Having been on the podium in the Loose Units, he backed it up with a strong 5th in this 17-kart field having never seen this circuit before!
Just ahead of him the girl racer, another Rockhampton Rocket young Emily Calwell. Onto the podium positions, in 3rd was the #26 kart of Christopher John with an excellent performance. In second yet another driver doubling up but this time one who has been on The Tour for three years Peter Bossons (bosso). Beating them all with a fabulous display of skilled driving the Power Republic factory driver Lucas O’Connor (the Loc).
The Old Buggers (TaG Restricted Masters)
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated classes of the day – Evan Broughton, Jamie Gluyas, Tye Ruddy and Tim Bleisner had some fabulous battles. It was a case of close but no cigar in this one for Peter Virgulti (fatigulti) who was beaten into 4th place by local favourite Gary Auhl.
Onto the podium positions and just not quite on the pace as the front two this weekend was Michael McLean (Magic Mike). Michael Darr was absolutely on top form to grab second place this weekend with some powerful driving but the untouchable one out front was none other than Nick Newman (eddee wot).
The rest of the weekends results and videos are below:
4SS Senior Light
1st Jack Munro
2nd Harrison Conroy
3rd Gregory Ryan
4SS Senior Medium
1st Scott Pearce
2nd Kevin Johnston
3rd Kieran Thom
1st Henry (the hitman) Titman
2nd Luke Rinaldi
3rd Lachlan Platten
1st Jagger brophy
2nd Riley Edwards
3rd Cooper Fysh
1st Armand Hamilton
2nd Basilio Micale (Dima)
3rd Jye Flynn (drummer boy)
4SS Supermaxx Heavy
1st Riley Conroy
2nd Arnold Kretschmer (Arnie)
4SS Supermaxx Medium
1st Jack Munro
2nd Scott Pearce
3rd James Hogan
KA3 Senior Light
1st Coby Govoni (the pirate)
2nd Luke smith
1st Jordan Briggs (brights)
2nd Jack Doessel
3rd Finn Woodley
1st Annabel Kennedy
2nd Zac mason
3rd Caine Caldwell
1st Riley Curtis
2nd Gabriel Elkayam
3rd Michael Quintiliani
1st Zane Rinaldi
2nd Shaun Jaques
3rd Elliot Cleary
Cadet 9 Beginners
1st Jacob Ross
2nd Tyler Ross
1st Zander Watts
2nd jack Jensen
3rd Andrew Thomson
The officials choice driver of the day: Xavier Knight, Cadet 12
A massive thanks to Rolfe Race Engines for giving out $40, $60 & $100 vouchers in a random draw.
A huge thanks to Kevin & Loraine Castles from Northside Kart Supplies for their ongoing support and giving away another $200 voucher to the Old Buggers class.
One of our favourite racers and pit crew, ‘the international driver’ Gaven Whitmore and Bec Beezley, kindly donated some fabulous Easter gifts in a raffle and below are the winners:
Last but not least thanks to those officials travelling a long way to help officiate the event:
- Barrie Mendleson who was our precious cargo up from the Gold Coast
- Annette and Shaune English
- Jodie Rinaldi
- Darren Smith and his whole family
- All the officials in the control centre and the ever present firey’s
Next Noisy Tour round is BUNDABERG on May 15/16.
- LOTs of photos (over 2,800!) on The Noise Facebook HERE
- full results on speedhive HERE
- More videos (heat races) on YouTube HERE
The Noise, over n out!