Kartclass made the journey from a cold Victoria to the Emerald Kart Club for round four of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship. David Sera took a team of seven drivers across four classes to the penultimate round of the championship, chasing results. With drivers as young as the Cadet 9 category all the way through to the X30 senior class, the team were in for a big weekend of racing.
Kartclass had a triple act affair in KA2 Junior with Peter Bouzinelos, Ben Holliday and Jack Szewczuk vying for victory. In a forty kart field of drivers, Bouzinelos was able to lead the way, qualifying in sixth spot with Szewczuk and Holliday not far behind in position ten and twelve respectively. Bouzinelos put in a storming four heats with two seconds places and a victory in heat four able to put him off pole position for the final. Holliday was able to move his way forward into the top five with a fourth and third in his final two heats, with Szewczuk up as high as fourth spot in heat two. Bouzinelos put in a perfect performance to lead every lap and take out the round victory for the Kartclass team. Holliday raced in the top five all final and was able to come home on the podium in third spot, with Szewczuk just outside the top ten in fourteenth overall.
Jaxon Johnstone was the sole senior driver in the Kartclass team taking on the near full X30 field. Johnstone was able to qualify in position nineteen overall and raced on the edge of the top twenty in the opening three heats in a very tough field. Jaxon had his best heat result in the fourth heat moving up to position seventeen. Johnstone finished the weekend on a high making his way into the top fifteen with a respectful thirteenth position overall!
Newly crowned Northern Territory state champion Riley Harrison was out on track in the oversubscribed Cadet 12 class. Riley qualified in position seven and started his heat racing with a brilliant fourth place. Harrison was spun around in his second heat, putting him down the order but was able to rebound for two top five finishes in his remaining two heats. Harrison came home just outside the top ten in twelfth position in a tough field of drivers.
Jay Kostecki and Carter Grother were the double driver attack in Cadet 9. Both drivers were able to put themselves in the top ten with Grother landing himself on the second row in third spot, with Kostecki down in position eight. Both drivers raced strongly in the top ten with Kostecki leading the way in the heats with three top five finishes and having him in the podium fight. Grother was able to grab a sixth in heat one and eighth in heat three, keeping him in calculations. Kostecki had a race long battle in the final and was able to come home on the final podium spot in third position overall. Grother raced his heart out and was able to come home just outside the top five in sixth position overall.
Team owner and manager David Sera spoke post weekend on the team’s results. “The team did an amazing job. Peter has been unlucky this year, so his win was overdue & keeps his championship hopes alive. Ben has literally bounced back from his Bolivar rollover with his first KA2 podium & Jay’s first AKC podium in C9 was memorable. Three round wins as a team to date is a testament to the hard work the kids and families have put in”.
Kartclass will be back at the fifth and final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at the Newcastle Kart Club.