Whyalla Go kart Club Final Round For 2012
from Dave Camwell
A fantastic showing of 21 drivers turned up for the last round of the year, with 2 x 15 lap heats in one direction and a final of 20 laps in reverse.
All 15 Seniors were on track at the same time competing for their own class wins. There were many drivers racing hard and fast, some too fast and taking it too hot into the tight hairpin at the end of the back straight with plenty of contact between karts causing spin offs into the gravel traps.
The spectators watched spills and thrills all afternoon with the faster drivers overtaking under brakes on the inside of the slower karts. This showed how deep into a corner you can go in these fast pace racing machines.
Paul Beaty returned to karting after 10 years away from the sport and proved that he was immediately on the pace. Wth a fantastic kart package, he also cracked the fastest 125 Restricted Heavy time for the day by .050 of a second and managed to finish 3rd on points. Dave Camwell was 1st and Dennis Cumerlato Second.
Neil Schmidt took out the Restricted 125 Light class, Chris Reid second. Ben Redjepi beat his rival Aiden Sossa in the Junior performance class. Brian Watt had his first round win in the final round of the season, taking out the Sportsman SA Light class ahead of Darrol Jones 2nd and Kade Lawson 3rd.
In the Sportsman SA Heavy Class, Brian Sampson and Karl Lawson equalled on points for first place with Daniel Tasanen taking out 3rd.
Paul Schmidt won the Clubman Light class ahead of Ellen Shipard. Paul managed to mix it up with the faster karts but ran into trouble on the 2nd heat and ended up in the gravel trap.
The Kid Cops and Karts team was down 1 driver for the last meeting with Jake Looyestyn winning on points ahead of Isabella Cumerlato. Isabella raced a new chassis and her motor was rebuilt for the meeting and she showed that her driving and speed has improved with the new equipment.
The youngsters had a ball racing each other and learning race techniques and rolling racing starts, Cooper Jones won the round ahead of Amy Redjepi. Both drivers are aged between 7 and 10 years of age.
After the end of year trophy presentation, the annual Christmas show was underway with plenty of great food, drinks and sweets. A jumpy castle was organised to keep the kids entertained while the parents could enjoy themselves for the evening. Even Father Christmas dropped in to see the kids and hand out presents.
Results for December 3 meeting:
Thanks again to the Sponsors, donators and supporters for 2011: