Ipswich Kart Club over the weekend was the next step to Energy Corse Australia’s SP Tools Australian Kart Championship campaign.
Cian Fothergill took a team eight star drivers across 4 classes including recent SP Tools Australian Kart Championship round winner Lana Flack and KA2 championship contender Ky Burke.
With Ipswich Kart Club one of the toughest circuits on the calendar, the team were in for a tough weekend of racing!
KA2 Junior was a double Energy Corse Australia attack with 2022 championship runner up Toby Dvorak and Queenslander Ky Burke. Burke set a rapid speed in qualifying landing on the 2nd row of the grid in 4th. Dvorak was just outside the top 10 in position 13 and both drivers were looking to race at the front.
Burke was right in the front mix with a 5th in heat 1 and 3rd in heat 2 while Dvorak moved his way into the top 10 with an 8th in heat 2 and 6th in heat 3. Burke, after a 13th finish in heat 3 was able to storm his way onto the podium with a terrific 2nd place! Dvorak put in another strong top 10 finish and came home in position 8 in a strong weekend’s racing for the KA2 pair.
Hamish Fitzsimmons made his return to the Energy Corse Australia stable over the weekend in the ultra-competitive TAG 125 Light class. Fitzsimmons landed himself in the top 5 in qualifying and was right in the front mix. Hamish had an excellent 6th in heat 1 but a DNF in heat 2 had him down in position 20 at the start of heat 3. Fitzsimmons put in a storming drive in heat 3, moving up 9 spots to position 11. Hamish saved his best until last making up 10 spots and coming home just outside the top 5 in a brilliant 6th position!
Joel Jamieson was the other senior driver for Energy Corse Australia in the KA3 Senior Light field. Jamieson landed just outside the top 10 in qualifying in position 13. Joel went to work making his way inside the top 10 in all 3 races with a 7th in heat 1, 10th in heat 2 and 6th in heat 3. Jamieson continued his fast and consistent weekend by coming home just outside the top 5 in position 7 overall.
Cadet 12 had another big contingency of Energy Corse Australia drivers with Lana Flack, Jack Larsen, Luca Wasley and Caylen Burke all taking the starter. Flack continued her run at the front of the field in qualifying with a brilliant 5th position. Larsen, Burke and Wasley qualified in position 20, 22 and 33 and were all looking to move forward in the heats. Flack was able to continue her brilliant run of form with a 2 heat wins and a 2nd place finish. Larsen and Wasley were both able to work there way into the top 5 across the heats, with Larsen in position 5 in heat 3 and Wasley in position 7 in heat 3. Burke was also moving forward and was just outside the top 10 in his final heats.
Flack battled for victory in the final and came away with another brilliant podium finish in 2nd spot! Larsen was able to come away with another top 5 finish with 5th in the final, with Wasley and Burke having an unfortunate end to their weekends with DNF results.
Team owner and manager Cian Fothergill spoke post weekend on the consistency of the teams’ results.
“Ipswich is one of the toughest circuits in the country so to come away with 2 podiums and 4 top 10 finishes in the final’s was a great result. We competed in the 4 classes, came away with podiums in 2 of them and top 10 finishes in the other 2.
“Our drivers are improving all the time and the Energy package is working well. We look forward to the next few weeks with the Queensland State Championships at Townsville and the next round of the Australian Kart Championship back here at Ipswich”.