Rochester’s August Race Day

by Mitch McLellan, MMS Media & Commentating

Nearly 100 competitors took to the Rochester Kart Club circuit over the weekend for their first meeting of season 2022! With the club having the 5th round of the Golden Power Series in 2 week’s time, the racing was thick and fast with plenty of excitement.

Cadet 9 had previous Golden Power Series round winner Jeremy Kay take pole position over dual SP Tools Australian Kart Championship round winner Jensen Damaschino and Panduit City of Melbourne Title winner Archie Bristow. Damaschino and Kay were able to share the heat wins with Bristow right in the battle as well. Archie Bristow was able to take the 3rd heat win and go on to take a dominate final win by nearly 4 seconds! This was enough to give Bristow the round win over Damaschino and Kay in his brand-new DR kart.

Cadet 9 podium at Rochester (pic – supplied)

Cadet 12 had Anashe Manyau take out pole position over Bendigo lady racer Addyson Arnett and Gustav Egdal. Manyau and Egdal were able to share the heat wins with Manyau taking the final heat. Lucas Costanzo, Jacob Rajendran and Arnett were all battling behind for the minor spots. Manyau was able to make it 3 out of 4 wins in the final and this was enough to take the round over Egdal and Rajendran in 3rd.

Pip Casabene was able to take pole position in KA4 Junior Light over SP Tools Australian Kart Championship round winner Will Thompson. Thompson was able to get on top in the heats, taking all 3 races over Casabene, Tannah Peters and Cooper Frith all battling behind. Thompson was able to take the final and make it a clean sweep of victories! Frith had enough points to secure 2nd spot over Casabene in 3rd spot.

Grace Riddell stole the show in qualifying for KA4 Junior Heavy! Riddell was 8 tenths faster than the rest of the field with Isabel Rowe and Darsyn Harris giving chase. Riddell was the dominant driver all day taking out all 3 heats and final. Rowe was able to come through and grab 2nd on points over Ryan Wyhoon making his way up onto the podium in 3rd.

Alexander Yoannidis out of Pro Karting was able to take pole position in KA3 Junior from Golden Power Series front runner Nathan Emmins and William Thompson on debut in the class. Yoannidis was able to take out all 3 heat wins but had hot pressure from behind with Emmins having a couple of 2nd spots and Thompson entering the fray. Yoannidis was able to make it a clean sweep over Thompson 2nd for the day and Emmins 3rd. Pip Casabene came alive in the final coming home in position 2 and 4th on points.


KA3 Senior Light had Jamie Rowe take pole position by 2 tenths over Jett Buckley and Ashton Cattach. Jamie Rowe took all 3 heat wins with Buckley and James Ceveri being the chasers behind. Rowe was able to hold on in a thrilling final race over Ceveri by 9 hundreaths of a second. Rowe took maximum points for the round over Ceveri in 2nd and Buckley rounding out your podium!

In KA3 Senior Medium, Jarrod Bottomley had his moment in the sun taking pole position from Braden Clark and Maximus Fahey. The heat racing was competitive with all 3 drivers taking a heat win, meaning the final was anyone’s game. While Fahey was able to take the final race, Clark had done enough to secure round honours over Bottomley and Fahey rounding out the top 3!

Ross Stubbs took an important pole position in TAG 125 Restricted Light over Ryan Dealy and Michael Flynn. TAG 125 Restricted Light was another class with 3 different heat winners with Stubbs, Flynn and Anthony Pethebridge all took out heat wins. Ryan Dealy and Sebastian Perrone were also in the fight. Flynn was able to take the chocolates and grab the final and round win over Pethebridge and Stubbs rounding out your podium.

Jesse Watkins set the fastest time in qualifying for TAG 125 Restricted Medium over Julijan Karlusic and Lucas Perrone. Watkins was the dominate driver in the heats taking out all 3 races with Perrone and Karlusic battling for the minors. Watkins was able to make it a clean sweep and taking out the round over Perrone in 2nd and Karlusic in 3rd.

Golden Power Series championship leader in TaG 125 Restricted Heavy, Brett Jenkin, took pole position over local driver Peter Sloan and Brent Opie. Jenkin took control in the heats taking out all 3 races over Sloan, Opie and Jacob Smith all running in the top 3 at stages. Jenkin’s was able to take a near 5 second victory in the final with Sloan grabbing 2nd for the round over Opie in 3rd.

Phillip Stradbrook was able to take pole position in the Victorian Combined Masters class over Heath Jelbart. Stradbrook was the dominate driver taking out all 4 races and maximum points to take the round win over Jelbart in 2nd.

Jamie Rowe was able to take his second pole position of the day in TAG 125 Light over local driver Thomas Hughes and Marc Sortino. Rowe was able to take the opening 2 heats but Curt Sera came into play and took heat 3 with Hughes, Marcus Fraser and Samuel Downing all battling for the minors. Sera was able to take out the final in an epic battle with Rowe. Hughes was able to take the round win with the maximum points over Sera and Rowe in 3rd.

  • full result on speedhive HERE

The Rochester Kart Club will hold the 5th round of the Golden Power Series next weekend on September 10th and 11th.