B & A Kart Racing’s James and Aiva Anagnostiadis took on the Shamick Racing 4.5-hour enduro to finish the 2022 season.
James was taking on the competitive KA3 Junior class, while Aiva was paired with KZ2 Australian Kart Champion Joshua Fife in the TAG 125 enduro event. Both drivers were looking to finish their season on a high at the tough Todd Road circuit.
James hit the track for qualifying and in a tough field of over 20 drivers was able to put himself in position 5 on the grid. Anagnostiadis had a tough start to the race when he was involved in an incident causing a bent tie rod. Anagnostiadis went to work in the early to middle stages of the race and was pushing his way towards top 3 drivers entering the pit stop phase of the race. James entered to pit stops in contention and emerged in 3rd position overall.
After multiple full course yellows, Anagnostiadis began a 3-way fight for the lead with 20 minutes to go. James was up against Queenslanders Max Walton and Mika Lemasurier with multiple positional changes across the 3 drivers. In an exciting and thrilling finish, Anagnostiadis made his way into 2nd on the final lap of the race to take an epic podium result!
Aiva was next to hit the track and did a brilliant job to qualifying in position 9 overall in qualifying and the top 10 shootout. Anagnostiadis was racing in the front half of the 40-kart field when an early incident resulted in an unscheduled pit stop to change a bent axle.
Anagnostiadis and co driver Joshua Fife put in 2 massive stints to make their way back up into the top 10 and were looking to continue their progress forward. Luck unfortunately didn’t fall the way of the Aiva and Josh with rain starting just after their final stop, which resulted in the team having to re pit for wet tyres. Aiva and Josh were able to put in another brilliant stint to make their way inside the top 10 and come home in a respectable 8th position overall!
The B & A Kart Racing team spoke post weekend on the ups and down for both drivers. “The Shamick Racing Enduro was great fun as always! It’s the perfect way to end the year’s racing. Both James and Aiva had tough starts to their endurance races with damage to their karts.
“James bounced back to be right in the fight for victory and to come away with a podium was an awesome result. Aiva and Josh after being near last of 40 karts worked their way back up to the top 10. The rain didn’t come at a great time for us but to finish 8th in a tough race like that after their start was an awesome achievement”.
James, Aiva and B & A Kart Racing will return to the karting scene in season 2023!