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Australia’s elite kart racers will be heading the Hunter Valley region next weekend (April 21/22) to compete in round two of the 2012 CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE hosted by the Newcastle Kart Racing Club.
At the opening round, held in Adelaide during late February, it was Victorian Jake Spencer (Melbourne, Vic), Queenslander Kyle Ensbey (Sunshine Coast, QLD) and Sydnesider Jake Coleman (Glenmore Park, NSW) who shared the spoils in the Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) categories respectively.
“Last year I had two pretty strong rounds at Newcastle, I won the round in one and then took out the championship in the other – so you could say that I’m looking forward to going back there,” said Spencer.
“In saying that though, the level of competition has certainly stepped up another gear this year so to win again is going to be very hard.”
Spencer was closely followed across the line in the opening round by fellow Kosmic driver Daniel Rochford (Melbourne, Vic), who’s the current championship leader, and 2010 Series Champion Cian Fothergill (Gladstone, QLD) and the JAM Racing driver expects round two to be just as competitive next weekend.
“Daniel Rochford has already showed that he’s a serious contender for the championship, as is Cian and my JAM Racing team-mate Adam Hughes. Newcastle is almost like a home track for Matthew Waters and Joseph Mawson so I think they’ll be hard to beat next weekend as well,” said Spencer.
The six-speed gearbox karts, likened to be the closest thing in karting to a Formula 1 car, in the Pro Gearbox category produce some scintillating action with in excess of 20 karts lining up on the grid next weekend.
Coleman dominated the opening round in the Pro Junior ranks to claim his maiden win in the series. However, out to knock Coleman off his perch next weekend in Newcastle will be the likes of Joseph Burton-Harris (Rouse Hill, NSW), Brock Plumb (Forest Lake, QLD) and Thomas Randle (Melbourne, Vic).
Sixteen of Australia’s top junior drivers will line up on the grid to battle for not only the Jon Targett trophy awarded to the series champion but also the opportunity to receive funding towards an international CIK sanctioned karting event in a KF category later in the year.
Also in action across the weekend will be the competitors in the Challenge categories where they will be contesting the Yamaha Challenge for Clubman and Junior National drivers and the Australian Leopard Challenge for the Leopard drivers.
Another highlights of the weekend will be the Castrol Cadet Challenge where six young Hunter Valley racers, aged between 7 and 10 years old, will highlight their car control and driving technique in a demonstration on Sunday at 11:40am.
These youngsters will also spend the day as a pit crew for one of the drivers in the Pro ranks while also receiving some limited edition Castrol EDGE merchandise.
Practice for the event will be held on Friday April 20 from 9:30am with qualifying and heat races to be contested on Saturday April 21 from 9:00am. The round will culminate in the finals on Sunday April 22 between 9:00am and 3:30pm.
WHO: The top young karting drivers from across the country
Pro Light (KF1)
Pro Gearbox (KZ2)
Pro Junior (KF3)
AUSTRALIAN LEOPARD CHALLENGE