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Wollongong City Raceway Jets Win Wakefield Park 7-Hour

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Taking their winning streak to three in a row, the Wollongong City Raceway Jets took out the third round of the Powered by Honda ProKart Australia NSW Endurance Kart Championship over the weekend, the inaugural ‘Wakefield Park 7 Hour’ at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway.

Although they were not the fastest team of the weekend, the Wollongong City Raceway Jets were by far the most consistent and ended up comprehensively winning the ‘Wakefield Park 7 Hour’ by a whopping four laps over their nearest rival team.

It was the first time in three years that Go Karting has ran around the 1.2km Wakefield Park circuit and the whole weekend turned out to a wonderful way to mark the return of Go Karting to the Goulburn circuit.

So far in the three rounds of the NSW Championship the Wollongong City raceway Jets have taken out all three round wins and currently sit comfortably at the top of point standings battle.

The Wollongong City Raceway Jets, which is made up of Trent Warwick, Jason Varley, Tim Gresham and Rohan Collibee have been a touch of class so far this year and their ‘Wakefield Park 7 Hour’ victory was just another feather in their cap for 2009.

“It’s a great feeling for the whole team to take out the Wakefield Park 7 Hour and also continue our winning streak,” Warwick commented. “We had all the breaks during the race and our team didn’t miss a beat and that gave us a commanding victory. In the closing stages we were able to consolidate our lead even further by taking advantage of the safety car period. It is fair to say that there were three or four other teams that had a chance to win but luck wasn’t on their side.”

Warwick continued on by saying that that the whole team morale amongst the Wollongong City Raceway Jets is at an all-time high.

“Everyone is doing their job and that has played a huge part in our undefeated winning streak in the opening three rounds of the NSW Championship,” he commented. “Although winning streaks do come to an end, we are going to try and stay on it for as long as we can. Winning is the mentality we take with us into each and every round, we race to win and win as a team.”

Defending NSW Champions Team Kaos finished the ‘Wakefield Park 7 Hour’ in second place on the podium after they encountered their own dramas at different stages of the race, which included a drive through penalty for speeding in pit lane.

Third place on the podium was taken out by Horsepower Racing (# 777), and they were followed home by Team Shrek (410 laps), Walkos Shire Racing (408 laps), Illawarra Karts and Parts # 181 (408 laps), Starkey Motorsport (407 laps), Two Dogs Racing (407 laps), Bells Pipes Racing (406 laps) and in 10th place was Acuity Racing (404 laps).

Front running teams such as Team Kaos, Horsepower Racing and Walkos Shire Racing posed as the biggest threats to the undefeated run of the Wollongong City Raceway Jets throughout the weekend but they all encountered dramas of different kinds and that prevented them for better challenging for the overall win.

Disqualified from qualifying, due to being 5kgs underweight in qualifying, the second Wollongong City Raceway Jets team were docked with a 25 minute penalty at the start of the race. When they finally joined the race they were 30 laps down on the leaders and despite being against the odds they fought on gallantly to finish just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Earlier in the weekend, it was the Walkos Shire Racing team that came out on top in qualifying ahead of Colmac Excavations Racing, Horsepower Racing # 777, Wollongong City Raceway Jets and in fifth was the Bells Pipes Racing team. Reigning NSW Champions Team Kaos were the sixth quickest team.

The fourth round of the NSW Championship is to be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Butterfly Farm Go Kart Track (Hawkesbury District) with the running of the ‘Windsor 6 Hour’.          


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