McIlveen Leads Bumper Superkart Field at Eastern Creeks V8s

press release - (full results on Natsoft HERE)

Qualifying - Australian Superkart racing made its V8Supercars début today at Round 2 of the premiere Australian racing car series, the V8 Supercar Championship series with a bumper field of 52 racing karts arriving for the meeting.

After qualifying reigning Australian Superkart Champion Warren McIlveen (Mac's Marine Stockman MR2 Honda) set the fastest time on his home track, circulating the 3.9 kilometre circuit in just 1:30.7094.

Second fastest was Darren Hossack, the Sports Sedan racer having only his third meeting in Scott Ellis' Safe Evolutions Anderson Maverick Safe. Worryingly though the gap to McIlveen is 1.4 seconds. Third fastest was the fastest driver from the morning practice, Stephen Castles (Nunawading Engine Centre Stockman MR2 Honda) driving Sam Zavaglia's #9 kart.

Gary Pegararo (Marron Excavations/Whizzer Anderson Maverick FPE) is fourth fastest with Superkart Club of NSW organiser John Pellicano an excellent fifth fastest (Giova Design Avoig-Honda). New Zealander Wayne Sprostan (RMR Superkarts Anderson Maverick FPE) is sixth ahead Ilya Harpas (Internode RedIce Racing Zip-BRC), Gerrit Ruff (Kitten Car Care Anderson Maverick SAFE), Daniel Ramerman (Anderson Maverick) and Luke Brown snuck the Rockstar Avoig-Honda into the top ten on the last lap of qualifying in his first run in a 250 International class Superkart.

250 National class champion Jason McIntyre (RMR Superkarts Anderson Maverick FPE) is 13th after overheating clutch slowed his progress in only his second meeting in a 250 International, while 125 champion Kristian Stebbing (Suburban Accounting Stockman MR2 Honda), also moving into 250 International class is 19th. Some other front runners well down the field include Carlo Chermaz (Buildersmile Construction PVP) with a mystery engine drama and Anton Stevens (Art Motorsport PVP) who melted a piston and has yet to record a lap.

Darren Dunn has taken the 125cc Gearbox pole position in the Broadbent Compressor Services TopKart-Honda, recording a 1:41.4953, a time good enough only for 23rd position in the mammoth 52 car field. Evergreen campaigner Colin Moore (Impact Flags and Banners Stockman-Honda) is second fastest, while third fastest is another of the Avoig-Honda team, Sonny Luca with Ron Ping fourth fastest in his Stockman-Honda ahead of the Kylope Hire Car Benson-Honda of Mehmet Sinani. The fastest 125 from the morning session, Tim Philp (George Floth Engineering Stockman MR2 Honda) stripped an output shaft without recording a qualifying lap, leaving the team to install the spare engine. Rick Setterfield has taken pole position in the thin 250 National class.

The Superkarts will race three times over the V8 Supercar weekend, with two race on Saturday at 10:00am and 1:50pm, best races over eight laps with a ten lap race to finish the weekend on Sunday afternoon just after the second V8Supercar race. With 50 karts present the Superkarts are sure to put on an impressive display over the two days of racing to come.

Driver Quotes:

Warren McIlveen (Mac's Marine, Soundys Retravision Stockman MR2 Honda) Pole Position: "Quite pleased with that considering I was on sixth month old tyres that have already done two race meetings. We had detonation problems this morning to overcome, and heavy traffic this afternoon. After setting a quick time on the first lap I didn't get another clear lap until the end of the session."

Darren Hossack (Safe Evolutions Anderson Maverick SAFE-FPE) Second fastest: "Reasonably happy with that, we made a bit of a meal with it with the heavy traffic and we were running conservatively rich with the carburettor jetting, but to be in front of seasoned campaigners and with the home grown SAFE engine its even better."

Stephen Castles (Nunawading Engine Centre Stockman MR2 Honda) Third fastest: "There's plenty left to come, we were using old tyres in qualifying, we're still getting up to speed at the moment we're still over a second away from Sam Zavaglia's best time in the kart. We're trying new things that Sam's never tried it's a bit of an experimentation weekend for us."

Darren Dunn (Broadbent Compressor Services TopKart-Honda) Pole position 125cc Gearbox Class: "We had a bit of trouble in the early sessions and had the changer the cylinder head and the jetting. It's running a bit hot so we're working on the radiator to hopefully be able to go even fastest in the racers, this is a test run for us ahead of the Australian Championships later this year."

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