Currey Takes The Cash In Kalgoorlie
AKA press release
Perth driver Daniel Currey put in a dominant display to claim the victory in the KZ2 Rollasole Invitational at Kalgoorlie’s Dash for Cash event in Western Australia on Saturday.
After winning two of his three qualifying heat races, the 33 year-old then set the pace in the one lap ‘Superpole Shootout’ to secure pole position for the 30-lap main event ahead of Gold Coaster Chris Hays.
While confident entering the main event, Currey was very aware of the high quality of drivers in the field, however, he was determined to go one better than last year where he finished runner-up to European star Roberto Toninelli.
The Patrizi Corse driver got the jump off the start line over Hays, who was closely followed by Sunshine Coast driver Kyle Ensbey.
During the early laps, Hays pressured Currey before the West Australian slowly edged his way further in front to cross the line well clear of Hays and claim the $5,000 first prize.
“It’s great to have a win and finish the year off on a high,” said Currey.
“To see some of Australia’s best drivers come to Kalgoorlie and compete in the event is just fantastic. I’m sure that every one of them will have gone away with some fantastic memories of the event.
“The experience I’ve gained throughout the year by racing the CIK Stars of Karting Series in the Eastern states certainly helped me win this one. I must also thank everyone in the Patrizi Corse team for all their hard work, without them this win wouldn’t be possible.”
Currey believes that the event certainly has the potential to attract even more interstate, and even overseas competitors over the coming years.
“It was a fun, relaxed, meeting but everyone was out there racing pretty hard once they got their race face on,” said Currey.
“I’d be pretty confident in saying that the word will spread about how good the event was.”
The battle for second was an intense one with the two Queenslanders locked together for the duration of the event before Hays claimed the $2,000 runner-up cheque ahead of Ensbey.
“It has been a fantastic event. This has been my first time to Kalgoorlie and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last,” said Hays.
“The Eastern Goldfields Kart Club and Michael Patrizi have done a fantastic job to put this event on. It seems as though the whole town is behind it and I looked forward to being a part of a bigger interstate contingent next year.”
Victorians Lee Mitchener and Jason Pringle engaged in a titanic battle for fourth and fifth place throughout the race before Pringle gained the upper hand.
In the KF3 Meritus.GP Cup it was Perth teenager Jake Klarich who was the dominant driver across the weekend.
The Super Rooster-backed driver used the experience he has gained by competing in the CIK Stars of Karting Series over the past two years to his advantage to claim a comprehensive victory.
Finishing second behind Klarich was Sydneysider Jake Coleman ahead of Kalgoorlie’s own Anthony Martin.
Courtesy of his victory Klarich will now test with Meritus Racing in a JK Racing Asia Series car at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia.
In the regular categories, where there was $1,850 in prizemoney up for grabs per class – including $1,000 for the winner, local driver Anthony Martin snared the win in Junior Clubman over Jason LeCocq.
Sam Dicker’s two victories from the four heats ensured that he took out the Midgets category with Bunbury’s Brock Kenny finishing second – a great fightback from a DNF in the opening heat.
Lee Foster was unstoppable in Sportsman Super Heavy to remain undefeated throughout the weekend, as did Nikola Mitic in Rookies.
Victories in the other categories went to Bruno Cattalini (Sportsman 125 Light), Nicholas Rowe (Junior National Heavy), Cody McLachlan (Restricted 125 light), Simon Minton (Senior National Combined), Adam Levi (Sportsman 125 Heavy), Thomas Schou (Junior National Light), Jason Wroth (Restricted 125 Heavy), BD Soutar-Dawson (Sportsman Light), Glen Owen (Sportsman 125 Super Heavy) and Brenton Magri (Sportsman Heavy).
2011 Dash for Cash
KZ2 Rollasole Invitational
KF3 Merituis.GP Cup
Sportsman Super Heavy
Sportsman 125 Light
Junior National Heavy
Restricted 125 Light
Senior National Combined
Sportsman 125 Heavy
Junior National Light
Restricted 125 Heavy
Sportsman 100 Light
Sportsman 125 Super Heavy
Sportsman 100 Heavy