NSW State Cup (Northern), Round 1Tweet
by Dianna Smith
The Lismore Kart Club hosted its first race meet of the year last weekend (11th and 12th February), the first round of the State Cup North Series. Over sixty drivers took to the track to compete, with all classes well represented.
In true Lismore style, the weather kept karters and their crews guessing. Blue skies prevailed though, with an approaching lightening storm late on Saturday afternoon adding some excitement to the last race of the day, the second Junior National Heavy heat.
The Rookies kicked off proceedings, with Damon Ash recovering from a DNF in the heats to take the win. It had been a hard fought battle all weekend with Lismore Kart Club racers Jack Smith, Natasha Herne, and Kaleb Mustow-Veal all featuring in the top placings.
Joshua Crossingham dominated the Senior National Light racing, with Lismore's Hayden Buchanan finishing second, and Francis King and Jaden Partridge tussling for the final podium position.
Chris Burley from the Lismore Kart Club outclassed an impressive field in the Junior National Lights all weekend. Racing was interrupted in the final after an accident saw the race red flagged. Racing resumed to see fellow club member Michael Dwyer take second spot, and Jordan Kidas hold out a fast finishing Gus Flynn.
Cadet racers Fraser Ruane and Nathan Herne of the Lismore Kart Club continued their on track rivalry. The pair swapped the lead in the final over half a dozen times, with Ruane stepping up to take the win. Their clean racing is drawing great attention, providing the most exciting racing of the weekend. In third place, Jack Doohan, another well known racing name, took the honours.
The TAG Restricted final was pretty straightforward, with victory for Michael Slade in the Lights, with Daniel Burley second and Paul Craddock third. Luke Garrard continued to dominate in the Heavys, followed home by Scott Hogan, and Steve Hartelust.
In the combined Clubman Light, Heavy, and Sportsman 125 Heavy race, Lindsay Bunt took out the Sportsman 125 Heavy Class. Adam Briggs led home fellow Lismore karters Bianca Herne, and Jamie Quinn in the Clubman Light, with Joshua Herne victorious in the Clubman Heavy.
The Junior National Heavys finished off racing for the weekend, with Brady Buchanan taking honours across the weekend. Lismore karter Mathew Byrne took second place in his first outing in the heavy division, and Steven Adams rounding out the top three.
The next race meet at the Lismore Kart Club track will be held on the 18th March, with details on our web site www.lismorekartclub.com
Junior karters are reminded to add the Lismore Kart Club Young Guns Titles to their calendar on 4th, 5th & 6th May. There is a combined prize pool valued at over $17 000. Trophies, tyres, and coloured plates are again on offer to class winners. Three Formula Ford Development Day prizes will also be given away, with draws for a CRG chassis and a Yamaha motor amongst the giveaways.
The Young Guns Titles continues to grow as one of the premier events on the Australian karting calendar for Juniors. All welcome to come along to pit their skills against some of the best drivers in the country.
The Lismore Kart Club would like to thank all of their sponsors (see web site)
Lismore Kart Club Track, State Cup North Round 1 Results
Cadets; 1. Fraser Ruane, 2. Nathan Herne, 3. Jack Doohan.