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TaG Super Series, Round 2

from Phil Warder

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The Blue Mountains town of Lithgow turned on a beautiful day for the second round of the TAG Super Series 2012 and the fantastic people of the Combined Districts Kart Club welcomed the big fields filling the grids. We saw many entries with TAG R Light - 28, TAG R Heavy - 30, TAG R Super - 5, Sportsman Light - 16, Sportsman Heavy - 11.

Qualifying was very keenly contested and with only 4 minutes to do your best lap the fight for clear road was as intense as the battles for Pole Position. This was demonstrated by the 30 TAG R Heavy karts having a seconds gap between the number 1 spot and 23rd!

Above: Some of the TaG lineup at Lithgow
pic - Pams Pix

TAG R Light -  1st Michael SIEDERS, 2nd David BOYD, 3rd Matthew WOODWARD, 4th Mitchell WEBSTER, 5th Benjamin HELLYER
TAG R Heavy - 1st Steven VEGH, 2nd Michael OSMOND, 3rd Phillip MIDDLETON, 4th Christopher WHITE, 5th ADAM CASUCCIO  
TAG R Super Heavy - 1st Shane TATE, 2nd Lee GARDINER, 3rd David JONES, 4th Justin BAYLIFF, 5th Scott DALTON-KIRBY
NSW Sportsman 125 Light - 1st Anthony HULM, 2nd Liam FERRY, 3rd Andrew MITCHELL, 4th Kingsley HUSSEY, 5th Kyle SANDONA
NSW Sportsman 125 Heavy - 1st Matthew ENDRES, 2nd David COLTON, 3rd Benjamin RITCHIE, 4th Blake HASWELL, 5th David ENDRES

TAG R Racing
With TAG R being offered a black plate at the NSW State Closed Title for the first time in 2012 we know we are going to get a good show from these races. And they did not disappoint! The Closed Title has had a venue change to Lithgow held by Combined District Kart Club in July 2012 and you could tell. TAG R competitors came from all over the state to test their skills against the strongest fields we have seen in NSW TAG R competition.

TAG R Light
Michael Sieders and Mitchell Webster drove outstanding to dominate the first two positions, but behind them, everyone else was still having a real go with good passing seeing positions changing though out the races. David Boyd still on his P’s performed brilliantly in qualifying to be 2nd on the grid, but needed to start from rear of the grid providing great racing for spectators. He climbed more than 13 grid spots every race! This was a great effort and definitely one to watch in the future.
1st Michael Sieders, 2nd Mitchell Webster, 3rd Michael BARTLEY.
Fastest Lap in the Final - Michael Sieders 37.475

TAG R Heavy
Michael Osmond and Chris White looked after the front of TAG R Heavy for the day but behind them, it was up for anyone! Phil Middleton was unlucky not to capitalise his good result in qualifying with a small error in the pre final. A good effort from Derek Lane saw him improve on 10th in qualifying with a solid drive to 3rd in the final. Lap 1 of the final saw a large part of the field stuck in a traffic jam on turn 3 after one of the front runners spun in front of the 30 kart field. As a result, two of the “old boys” and potential podium finishers, Phil Warder and Peter Drain, both ended up dropping back through the field, unlucky in the turn 3 incidents. This saw a good fight back to 19th by Phil Warder, and a twice unlucky Peter Drain back to 15th before a DNF with only 2 laps to go.
1st Michael OSMOND, 2nd Christopher WHITE, 3rd Derek LANE.
Fastest Lap in the Final - Steven VEGH 38.141

TAG R Super Heavy
Shane Tate dominated Super Heavy from the start to finish his qualifying time would have had him of 11 in the TAG R Heavy field, truly a great effort. Lee Gardiner held down second all day and the rest raced hard for the last place on the podium.
1st Shane TATE 2nd Lee GARDINER 3rd David JONES
Fastest Lap in Final – Shane TATE 38.843

NSW Sportsman 125 Racing
An unfortunate date clash saw some of the usual suspects in the Sportsman categories miss this meeting and the numbers showed it. Never the less a high quality field of Light and Heavy drivers attended the flowing circuit of Lithgow and demonstrated that they are deserved front runners in this hotly contested series. Noteworthy of the success of the TAG Super Series format was the travelling northern NSW competitors that we saw in Round 1 at Manning Valley, which we also saw that they are also very competitive on unfamiliar bitumen. Congratulations to all and I hope the date clash again next round still sees great fields of quality racing.

Sportsman Light
Manning Valley local Andrew Mitchell thumped the Sportsman Light field in round 1 and was determined to show he can shake it just as good anywhere. Along with usual Sportsman Light front runner Anthony Hulm and the Novocastrian kid Liam Ferry all sharing podium position in the heats and Finals. Chris Bleakley had a good solid drive throughout the day after a slow qualifying of 12th climbing his way to 4th just ahead of former TAG R Light champion Kyle Sandona.
1st Andrew MITCHELL, 2nd Anthony HULM, 3rd Liam FERRY
Fastest Lap in the Final - Anthony HULM 36.412   

Sportsman Heavy
The top 3 drivers in this class at the moment Matthew Endres, Benjamin Ritchie and David Colton dominated the podium in the heats and pre finals, and producing extremely quick lap times. With Colton slipping away from the front two in the final, this allowed Sam Taylor on his first visit to the Lithgow track, after qualifying 6th, to battle with Colton and succeeding to get the final spot on the rostrum. Just behind this was the nose to tail train of 5th trough to 9th showing the hard fought and quality fields produced throughout the day.
1st Matthew ENDRES, 2nd Benjamin RITCHIE, 3rd Sam TAYLOR
Fastest Lap in the Final - Matthew Endres 36.656 

Wrap Up
A very big thank you to all the Volunteers and the Committee Members at Combined District Kart Club! A great job was done to process the big fields and retain all the planned laps. Even with a late finish, everyone left the track having a great day. The comments back from the entrants were all very positive and keenness for Round 3 at Newcastle was buzzing in the air.

Special thanks goes out to the technical crew there to check karts throughout the day for Fuel, Tyre and Restrictor Testing adding merit to fantastic efforts of all the competitors in the TAG Super Series 2012.

See you all at Newcastle Kart Racing Club on the 17th June 2012 for round 3 of the Workplace Training Centre TAG Super Series 2012. This is TAG R Metro’s last chance to qualifying for NSW Closed State Titles, which you need 40 points to gain entry.


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