by Russell Innes, Ipswich Kart Club
Another huge entry list of 218 drivers was received for Round 6 of the Ipswich Kart Club Championship and the TAG Restricted Titles on Saturday the 3rd of September.
Constant rain throughout Friday practice and during Friday night left the track very wet and conditions were really challenging for all drivers until the rain eased up half way through Saturday’s racing program and most classes had their 3rd Heat and Final on a dry track. Despite the wet weather conditions slowing the programme down, the ever efficient crew at Ipswich Kart Club still managed to get the event and all 55 on-track sessions, completed by 8.00pm and only 15 minutes behind schedule.
- full results are on speedhive HERE
Nathaniel Harrison, Jack Munro and Ryan Silcock were the fast 3 in Qualifying for TAG Restricted Light. Harrison backing it up with a strong Heat 1 win from Munro, Henry Titman and Ryan Uhlmann, but was then subsequently disqualified with a technical infringement, handing the win to Munro from Titman and Uhlmann. Uhlmann had a big win in Heat 2 from Dean Silcock and Munro, which left Munro and Uhlmann equal on points and sharing the front row for the start of Heat 3. Munro however mastered the now drying track conditions best and had a 5 second win from Uhlmann and Dean Silcock. Munro therefore would go from pole in the Final and never really looked threatened as he drove away from a battle pack involving Uhlmann and the Silcock brothers with Titman chasing them down. Uhlmann got the best of the battle and finished 2nd, Dean Silcock 3rd and Titman 4th, with Robert Mortensen 5th.
Bradley McNaught set the pace in Qualifying for TAG Restricted Medium, ahead of David Vogel and James McLaren. McNaught then won Heat 1 from Vogel and Pete Sattler. Vogel led all the way in Heat 2 from McNaught and Sattler, but McNaught went underweight and was DQ’d so Sattler moved to 2nd with McLaren 3rd. In Heat 3 Sattler and Vogel had a great battle early at the front of the field before Vogel settled into the lead. McNaught had to come from a lower starting spot and worked his way forward to grab 2nd from Sattler midway through the Heat, but Vogel had enough lead to hang on for the win from McNaught and Sattler. Onto the Final and Vogel led early from Sattler and McNaught, but McNaught soon started moving forward taking 2nd from Sattler on lap 5 and then hunting down Vogel and taking the race lead on lap 13, the 2nd last lap to win narrowly from Vogel. Allan Mayes came through and snatched 3rd from Sattler, with Dylan Menz in 5th.
Kevin Johnston led Qualifying in TAG Restricted Masters ahead of Kevin Castles and Noel Smyth. Castles got the better of the wet conditions in Heat 1 to win from Johnston and Smyth, Johnston winning Heat 2 from Smyth and Castles. Track conditions were way better for Heat 3 and Smyth made it 3 different Heat winners ahead of Johnston and Castles. In the Final, Smyth struck drama on the warmup lap and did not start, leaving Johnston to drive away to a very large win from Castles and Evan Broughton in 3rd. TAG Restricted Heavy ran as a Group with Masters and Nigel Brokenshire led Antony Murphy home in Heat 1 and also won Heat 2 when Murphy had a DNF. Same result again in Heat 3, Murphy a DNF leaving Brokenshire as the winner. In the Final Murphy got it all together and won from Brokenshire but then went underweight and got a DQ, leaving Brokenshire as the winner.
In the Cadet classes, Alistair Leggatt won Cadet 12P from Leo Prommnitz and Mia Yarwood. Martin Hsieh won Cadet 9P from Felix Sim and Brock McGill. Cadet 9 Heat winners were Jack Musico, Michael Quintiliani and Blake Haigh. Haigh winning the Final from Quintiliani and Andrew Thomson. Levi Doessel won a very wet Heat 1 in Cadet 12, with new Australian Champions Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi winning Heats 2 and 3. Zack Hilder, Lana Flack and Cooper Folley had a great battle in the Final. Flack winning narrowly from Folley and Hilder.
Cody Scott and Jack Doessel were the Heat winners in 4SS Junior, with Maxwell Reibelt, Georgie Yeadon and Sebastian Simonelli amongst the placings. Scott winning the Final from Simonelli and Doessel.
New Australian Champion Patrick Buckley dominated the KA4 Junior Light Heats winning all 3, with Luke Rinaldi, Dominic Penman, Charlotte Page and Jackson Cooper amongst the placings. Buckley was out of contention early in the Final though, dropping well back in the field and leaving Penman in front from Cooper and Rinaldi. Rinaldi moved to 2nd midday through the Final, with Jye Flynn following him through to 3rd. Rinaldi then taking the lead from Penman on lap 7 and holding on for a narrow win. Flynn a couple of seconds back in 3rd.
Isaac McNeill was dominant in KA3 Junior, winning all 3 Heats and the Final. Jack Wells, Dominic Penman, William Gallagher and Alex Gardner were amongst the placings through the Heats, Wells the best in the Final to finish 2nd from Penman in 3rd.
Bryce Lane, Jack Munro and Darcy Briggs were the class of the field in 4SS Senior Light, Lane winning 2 Heats and Munro the other. In the Final Lane lead early but Munro moved in to the lead on Lap 3 and drove away winning by over 6 seconds from Lane with Briggs close behind in 3rd.
Brent Reading and Hamish Fitzsimmons were the standouts in TAG Light, Reading winning Heat 1, Fitzsimmons winning Heat 2. Fitzsimmons again winning Heat 3 whilst Reading was a DNF. Shaun Jacques, Cameron McLeod and Keegan Fraser also amongst the placings through the Heats. On to the Final and Fitzsimmons led early with Jacques and Fraser close behind. With some mid race confusion from the leaders around a yellow flag, Jacques Goodman capitalised and grabbed the race lead from Fitzsimmons with Reading now moving forward as well. Fitzsimmons soon went back to the front but Reading was now on his tail and took over the race lead with 2 to go and held on for the win. Fitzsimmons 2nd and Goodman 3rd.
Brock Plumb started off the day in strong fashion in TAG Heavy with a Heat 1 win from Finlay Derry and Chris Williams. Shane Castle had a great Heat 2 win ahead of Plumb and Hayden Egan. Plumb though was too good in Heat 3 winning from Williams and Castle and then followed up with a dominant win in the Final from Williams and Josh Goddard.
In Queensland Open Performance, Keyan Appleby won the 1st Heat in Light, but Brett Wells then dominated the rest of the day, winning the other 2 Heats and the Final. Dan Hutchinson finished 2nd in the Final from Appleby. Bailey Sagaidak likewise was pretty dominant in Heavy, winning the 1st 2 Heats and the Final convincingly. Lachlan Murphy won the other Heat and would finish 3rd in the Final with Billy Myers very consistent with 3 x 2nd placings in the Heats and then 2nd in the Final.
In the IKC Clubday Challenge Program, winners were:
- Vincent Ter Horst in Cadet 9 Group 2
- Kenichi Morita in Cadet 9 Group 3
- Oskar Hennock in Cadet 12 Group 2
- Monty Jamieson in Cadet 12 Group 3
- Tyson McGill in KA4 Junior Light Group 2
- Bryce Lio in KA4 Junior Light Group 3
- Felix Kajewski in TAG Restricted Light Group 2
- Ben Spalding in TAG Restricted Masters Group 2
- Scott Bush in TAG Restricted Medium Group 2.
Next race meeting at Ipswich Kart Club will be Round 7 of the Club Championship and will also be the Capri Cup, running in the now traditional reverse direction “K” Track.