Zavaglia And Tamasi Win 2009 Superkart Titles

from Mark Jones - full results on natsoft HERE

The new Australian champion Sam Zavaglia celebrated his title by winning the fourth and final race of the weekend, much in the same manner as the previous three races had panned out. The 125cc title went down to the final race, with Steven Tamasi in the Domain Prestige Homes Stockman-Honda hanging on to his championship lead by just five points over the charging Jeff Reed (Cycle City/Telgrit Stockman-Honda) who did all he could by winning all four races.

"This was a test session for me after wrapping up the series title," said Zavaglia, who shortly will be heading overseas to take in Superkart racing at Assen in the Netherlands, and Miller Motorsport Park in Utah, USA.

"We got some new YKH Bridgestones from DPE, the track was still a bit slippery but still managed to take the win. We couldn't ask for more. It feels very satisfying for the effort of the the team, and Brian Stockman have put in. If effort counts for anything, I've never put so much effort in my life into winning a championship, the competition has gotten so hard."

Gary Pegoraro (Dunlop Kartsport/RMR Superkarts Anderson-FPE) once again got the sensational start to leap into second position behind Zavaglia but was reeled in by the Safe Evolutions Anderson of Darren Hossack who moved into second on the fifth lap.

"We gave it everything we had," said Hossack. "To come and play here is Sam's backyard you need to bring a good package. While we dropped a race it wasn't the difference between us this weekend. We did our best and they won. We didn't take enough points away from Mallala."

Behind Pegoraro, Robert Oakley (Nick Paul Stockman-Honda) was quickly back up to pace after his clutch problem from race three, racing home for a strong fourth place finish, but missed the top three for the round by just two points. Stephen Castles (Top Torque Engines Stockman-Honda) again finished strongly in fifth position ahead of Colin McIntyre, whose second position in the Marron Excavations/RMR Superkarts Anderson-FPE gave him second for the round, a career best round result.

"I'm just ecstatic," said McIntyre. "It's been an awesome weekend. After the lowest of the lows when we blew up our engine in practice, I thought we'd have to pack it up in a box and send it back to Melbourne. I've been rejuvenated by the result and am keen to get the best out of next year."

Russell Jamieson (Coach Design Stockman-Honda) finished sixth, just taking the spot away from fellow Queenslander Vince Livaditis (Top Dog Advertising PVP) on the last lap, after the pair had a near race long fight with Jason Laker (1800 Bumper Stockman-Honda). Laker dropped off the track briefly on the last lap, dropping to tenth behind Ilya Harpas. Ninth was enough for Harpas (Internode/Metaplanners/Davtec Zip-BRC) to hang onto the fourth position in the championship he held coming into Eastern Creek.

In the 125cc class, Jeff Reed did all he could to win the title, taking all four race wins, but with a third place behind John Pellicano (Giova Design Avoig-Honda) Steven Tamasi had enough of his points lead left. Drene Jamieson (Coach Design Stockman-Honda) finished fourth ahead of Brad Stebbing (Suburban Accounting Stockman-Yamaha). Second for Pellicano allowed him to pip Rod Conn (Arconn Refrigeration Stockman-Honda) by just a single point for third in the championship.

"I made it tough for myself with bad starts," said new teenage title winner. "The engine was down on power, but we got a good rhythm and finished consistently. There was a fair bit of pressure, all that hard work and it comes down to the last race."

"I put in 100%," said Reed. "Personally i would have been a bonus to win but at his age, I think he can do much more with the title and I'm proud of him."

While the Australian Superkart Championship was completed this weekend, Superkarts assemble once more under the banner of the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships in three weeks time at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, for the Rocklea Pressed Metal Pacific Superkart Challenge.

Round Points:
Sam Zavaglia 85, Colin McIntyre 53, Darren Hossack 52, Robert Oakley 50, Stephen Castles 47, Russell Jamieson 43, Gary Pegoraro 37, Jason Laker 30, Ilya Harpas 29, Vince Livaditis 27

125cc Class
Jeff Reed 85, Steven Tamasi 65, Brad Stebbing 65, John Pellicano 55, Drene Jamieson 50

Points After Race 8:
Sam Zavaglia 160, Darren Hossack 113, Gary Pegoraro 87, Ilya Harpas 82, Robert Oakley 67, Shane Price 64, Russell Jamieson 62, Yiani Harpas 57, Colin McIntyre 54, Stephen Castles 51

125cc Class
Steven Tamasi 147, Jeff Reed 142, John Pellicano 107, Rod Conn 106, Drene Jamieson 82, Brad Stebbing 75