NSW Champions Win Wollongong 1000

press release

Defending NSW Champions, # 1 Jets Motorsport, signalled their intentions in 2010 by winning the Wollongong 1000 last Sunday at Wollongong City Raceway in what was the opening round of the Powered by Honda ProKart Australia NSW Endurance Kart Championship.

Formerly known as the Wollongong City Raceway Jets, the # 1 Jets Motorsport team handled the wet and dry track conditions with pure class and at the fall of the chequered flag the current National Champions were the only ones to complete the 1000 lap distance.

In what was a gallant fight back former National and NSW Champions # 6 Team Kaos picked up a second place finish after they had completed a total of 995 laps of the 570 metre Wollongong City Raceway circuit. Earlier in the race Team Kaos took a gamble with the weather when they switched to wet weather tyres prematurely and it in the end robbed them of a better chance of taking the winners spoils.

# 82 Team SPR showed great speed throughout the Wollongong 1000 to finish third (994 laps) on the podium and were unlucky to be crippled in the latter stages of the race by a mechanical issue that denied them the chance of a higher finish. In what is their second year in ProKart Australia competition Team SPR are certainly going to be a serious threat this year to the leading contenders.

 Just outside the podium finishers in fourth place (991 laps) was # 23 Bells Pipes Racing and they remained consistent during both the wet and dry track conditions and were rewarded with a solid result.

After what was without a doubt their strongest ever performance in ProKart Australia competition; # 88 All Birt Racing had crossed the finish line in the Wollongong 1000 originally in fourth place with 996 completed laps, but weighed in 0.4kgs under and were docked 10 laps. This heartbreakingly dropped them from fourth place down to sixth.  This moved #14 Two Dogs Racing using an F1 chassis into the Top 5, coming close to equalling their best ever result of fourth.

The remainder of the Top 10 finishes of the Wollongong 1000 were full of tales of dramas and included # 2 SCR (981 laps), # 88 All Birt Racing (981 laps), # 71 KBC Racing (980 laps), # 21 Walkos Racing (978 laps) and in 10th was # 777 Horsepower Racing (975 laps).

Both # 21 Walkos Racing and # 777 Horsepower Racing were considered genuine contenders heading into the Wollongong 1000 event but they were hampered by a few dramas that spoiled their chances of a better result.

# 86 Adrenalin Rush Karting team qualified for the Wollongong 1000 in a solid second place behind # 6 Team Kaos, but when the race came around they couldn’t take a trick and finished well out of contention down in 17th place with 925 completed laps.

The second round of the NSW Championship is to be held in conjunction with the opening round of the National Championship on Saturday, March 20 was Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway (Blacktown, NSW). The distance is going to be a 6 Hour event.

The opening round of the Queensland Championship is the next ProKart Australia event and that is to be held on Saturday, February 20 at Gympie Gold Raceway (Cooloola, QLD).


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