James Anagnostiadis made the trip to the Go Kart Club of South Australia over the weekend for the South Australian Kart Championships!
Anagnostiadis has been in hot form taking out his 6th state title last weekend in Newcastle and was looking to add a 7th in South Australia! Anagnostiadis utilised Friday and Saturday morning practice to get his B & A Kart Racing entry up to speed against his 16 other competitors for qualifying.
James hit the track and was immediately into the top 5 and pushing hard for pole position. Anagnostiadis put himself at the top of the times in a hard fought and close session. In an extremely close finish, James was able to grab pole position by 3 hundredths of a second! James had 12 laps around the Monarto circuit to kick off his weekend of racing in heat 1. The CC Racing powered entry got a great start and led the field. Anagnostiadis had his kart on rails and was pulling away from the rest of the field in a dominate display. James started his racing weekend in superb fashion, taking victory by a near 5 seconds in a scintillating display!
Anagnostiadis was once again off pole position in heat 2 and knew the start was going to be crucial. The Tom Williamson Motorsport supported driver got another excellent start but had South Australian Leo Iannella shadowing him in the early stages. James had pressure from behind but held his nerve at the front of the field. In another faultless drive, Anagnostiadis led all 12 laps and took his 2nd win of the weekend by 7 tenths!
Due to his opening 2 heat wins, Anagnostiadis was again off pole position and was looking to keep his hot streak going. The Forch sponsored entry nailed his start once again and led in the opening few laps of the race. James while having strong and fast drivers behind, was scorching the asphalt out in front and opening up margin on the rest of the field. Anagnostiadis was able to make it 3 consecutive heat wins, grabbing victory by a couple of seconds and putting himself off pole position for the championship decider.
A final of 18 laps was going to decide the South Australian kart championship and Anagnostiadis had the best seat in the house, pole position. The Repco supported entry nailed his start once again and pushed hard to put the race away early. James put in one of the best drives of his career to open up margin and drive away from the rest of the field. Anagnostiadis put in the perfect weekend grabbing pole position, leading every lap and taking out his 7th state championship victory!
James parents spoke post weekend on their young sons 7th blue plate championship! “After qualifying on pole, James remained disciplined in the heats and went on to win the final by a comfortable margin. We knew tyre degradation would play a major part, so James worked on maintaining a steady pace throughout the races to ensure he would have pace when it mattered on Sunday afternoon.
“Our next race is The ROK Series at Oakleigh. James will have his first race in a KA2 and Aiva her first in the new Rok GP class. Lots to learn!!!”