Dual 'Stars of Karting' Podiums For Harrington Doyle Drivers
The Yamaha powered Harrington Doyle Clubman driver, Brendan Nelson won a cracker final in the CIK Stars of Karting Round at Eastern Creek on Sunday, whilst his fellow blue / green Junior National Heavy Team mate Mitchell Gee captured yet another podium placing within a week, when he finished 3rd in the Junior class.
Qualifying 3rd behind local Sydney drivers CRG’s Jason Hryniuk and Jim Beam’s Daniel Baker, Nelson was the quickest of the interstate competitors with a best lap time of 43.653 seconds around the 1.024km North Shore Kart Club track. Nelson’s Monaco Kart seemed to be very quick out of the trailer and unlike the others; he banked his quickest time early in the session on Lap 4.
Heat racing on Saturday was intense with the Top 5 Clubman drivers swapping positions constantly. Nelson finished 2nd to Hryniuk in Heat 1, but was victorious over the other 24 Clubman competitors in both Heats 2 and 3.
Being the best Point Scorer for the meeting, Nelson had secured pole position for the start of Sunday’s 16 lap PreFinal. Leading for all but 3 laps of the race, his blue / green Harrington Doyle supported machine crossed the line 0.447 seconds ahead of CRG Factory driver, Hryniuk and 0.683 seconds ahead of OTK Racing driver, Jason Burns.
This result set Nelson up for yet another Pole Position start in the longer 20 lap Final. Although making the break on the pack in the first 3 laps, Nelson was quickly gathered up by Baker and Hryniuk on lap 4. Burns retired early and the Top 3 of Nelson, Baker and Hryniuk would continue to tussle for positions for the next 16 laps. All 3 took turns in leading the others, but it was Nelson who emerged triumphant in the last few laps of the race to the flag.
“It’s a really good win for us today”, said Brendan. “We didn’t have a good run in the opening Round at Newcastle and after a good run in Round 2 at Ipswich we needed to continue to build on our 8th place in the Series Points Table. This weekend’s results should help us climb further up the table as we now head to the final Round at Todd Road, Port Melbourne in early August”.
Nelson’s young Team mate, Caloundra Body works supported Mitchell Gee was also having a terrific weekend off the back of his “Cooloola Junior Gold Title” win the week before. Gee qualified strongly at Eastern Creek with a 47.335 second lap on Lap 5 of 7 in the Qualifying Session, securing him 2nd quickest for the Round.
With a 2nd in Heat 1, a 5th place in Heat 2 and 5th in Heat 3, Gee was banking some solid results on a track that he’s rarely driven on. Starting from P4 in the 19 Kart PreFinal, Gee determinedly fought his way toward the front over the longer format 16 lap journey to finish 2nd. Like his Team mate Nelson, this would put the young 12yo Harrington Doyle driver on the front row for the 20 lap Final.
Starting from the outside front, Gee lead some of the early laps of the race, before being passed by Anthony Gamouf and then Jordan Zammit. Having finished 4th and off the Podium in the previous Round at Ipswich, Gee was super determined to lock-in his 3rd place at Eastern Creek for the next 15 laps to the chequered flag and drive a smart Points race for the ultimate CIK Stars of Karting East Coast Series Lead.
“My kart gripped up little bit in the race and I couldn’t hold Antony and Jordan back”, said Mitchell. “I knew it was really important that I finish well and bank as many points as I could for the Series. I kept looking behind as the race laps went by. Dad and I are really happy with my driving and results this weekend. We should be leading the Series now”, he said with a tremendously broad smile on his face.
The young Harrington Doyle chargers don’t get much rest after their journey home Sunday night / Monday morning, with only a short 4 days to re-pack and restock the vans before heading to Mackay to join fellow Team mates James Greenwood and Callum Walker for the Queensland State Open Bitumen Championships, to be held from Wednesday 30th June through to Sunday 4th July.