Reece Cohen contested KZ2 at the Newcastle City Cup over the weekend. Cohen was using the weekend to get up to speed with his brand new CRG chassis and new ABS master cylinder. Cohen hadn’t had any racing on the Newcastle Kart Club Circuit since his 2021 state title win and was looking to get his kart set up as quickly as possible.
Cohen utilised Friday practice to get up to speed in his new chassis and tune in his driving for Saturday morning qualifying. The Top Gun Racing driver hit the track for qualifying and had a field of near fifteen drivers to compete with. Reece quickly put himself in the top ten drivers and was pushing hard to make his way further up the grid. Cohen set a time to put himself inside the top five drivers and stopped the session as the fifth fastest driver!
Reece was on the inside of the third row starting the opening heat and was keen to get racing. The DMC Security backed entry got a clean get away and settled into fifth position at the completion of the opening lap. Cohen was pushing hard and trying his best to go with the front four while also gaining knowledge from his new CRG kart. Reece put in a great heat in the circumstances he was in coming home in fifth position in a great start to racing.
Cohen was once again out of position five and looking to gain more data and knowledge for his SP Tools Australian Kart Championship tilt. The Top Gun Racing driver was pushing hard and racing hard on the back of the top four drivers. Reece crossed the line once again in the top five in position five. Unfortunately, in a post-race infringement, Cohen was disqualified from the second heat and was now starting out of position eleven for the third heat.
Heat three was early on Sunday morning and Reece was looking to make his way forward from position eleven. The DMC Security backed entry jumped into the top ten on the opening lap in ninth position. Cohen was able to move up to position eight on lap three and was trying to make his way further forward through the field. Reece crossed the line in position eight overall moving his way back forward through the field.
Cohen put himself out of position nine for the fourth heat. The Top Gun Racing driver got a smooth get away and missed the carnage in the early stages of the race. Reece was pushing towards the edge of the top five and had once again made-up positions through the heat race. Cohen crossed the line in a credible sixth position and was the starting the all important final out of position nine.
The start was going to be the crucial part of the final race for Reece, looking to move his way up the field. Cohen got a great start and had his CRG up inside the top five in fourth position by completion of the opening lap. Reece head mechanic Mattia Madimi had tuned up the kart and had the CRG chassis working extremely well! The DMC Security backed entry worked his way up into the podium places and then made another move for second spot! Cohen crossed the line in a brilliant second position ending his weekend on a high.
Reece’s father Darren spoke post weekend on his sons racing. “It was a great result in the final. This weekend was purely about getting up to speed for the new CRG chassis and ABS master cylinder braking system for the AKC later this month. A big thanks to St George Karts / CRG Australia for their advice and setup support over the weekend and our main mechanic Mattia doing a brilliant job”.
Cohen will be back at the Newcastle Kart Club circuit in a few week’s time for the Australian Kart Championship decider!