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The battle for championship honours in the 2012 CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE stepped up a notch during Round Three at Ipswich in Queensland on the weekend.
With new championship leaders in two of the three Pro categories – Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) – and only three points separating the top two in the Pro Light (KF1) standings, the championship chase has never been closer.
JAM Racing’s Adam Hughes (Mentone, Vic) won both 25-lap main events in the Pro Light ranks and close to within three points of Daniel Rochford in the standings.
“I was very happy with my pace in the opening final but over the moon to have backed it up in final two and take the win,” said Hughes, who was also awarded the Queensland State Championship for his win in the opening main event.
“I’m now only three points behind Daniel Rochford in the championship standings and there’s now two very important rounds to go.”
Reigning Champion Jake Spencer (Wantirna, Vic), who currently holds the James Courtney perpetual trophy, finished third behind Cian Fothergill (Gladstone, QLD) today.
After failing to finish the pre-final due to a mechanical issue, Fothergill charged from deep in the pack to claim the runner-up placing, and the Alpinestars Star of the round award, aboard his Kosmic kart.Queensland drivers were the toast of the track in the Pro Gearbox ranks with Toowoomba’s Tyler Greenbury (right, AF Images/Budd pic) making his debut in the CRG chassis a winning one. Gladstone’s John Grother, who this round changed to the Energy chassis, won the opening final, the first in the series of his illustrious career, while Gold Coaster Chris Hay’s consistency saw him leap into the lead of the championship.
“I couldn’t be happier with the debut of the CRG kart, I knew we had to fight hard given the pace that Johnny Grother showed to win the opening final. I knew that needed to get the lead as soon as possible and then protect it and control the race,” said Greenbury, who tomorrow flies out to Italy to compete in an event next weekend.
Former championship leader Kyle Ensbey was plagued by mechanical issues aboard his Patrizicorse Top Kart across the weekend, and as a result dropped to fourth place in the highly competitive championship.
In the Pro Junior (KF3) ranks Canberra driver Cameron Hill (left, AF Images/Budd pic) won his second straight round, and as a consequence now leads the championship standings ahead of Jake Coleman who finished third. Top Gun Racing’s Joseph Burton-Harris finished second.
Western Australian Kurt Kostecki (Dianella, WA) was super impressive across the weekend aboard his Tony Kart to claim a career-best third and fourth in the two main events.
In the Yamaha Challenge categories Jason Burns made a last lap pass for the win in the Clubman category to finish ahead of series leader James Greenwood. Toowoomba’s William Brown stood on the top step in the Junior National Light category with Russell Whittaker (2nd) and William Hawkes (3rd) while Nicholas Andrews was victorious over Thomas Chitty and Tom Davidson in Junior National Heavy.
Gold Coaster James Macken provided the RK Karts Australia team with their first victory when he won the Light category in the Australian Leopard Challenge ahead of Adam Mercer and Jedd Stojakovic. Frontrunners James Sera and Ben Stewart had a coming together late in the race that resulted in the pair finishing 9th and 10th. Arrow Karts driver Brendan Nelson led home Michael Griffiths and Michael Doherty in the Heavy category.
2012 CIK Stars of Karting Series
Round Three of Five – Ipswich, NSW
RESULTS – Top Five
Pro Light (KF1)
Pro Gearbox (KZ2)
Pro Junior (KF3)
Junior National Light
Junior National Heavy
AUSTRALIAN LEOPARD CHALLENGE
The full results can be found by clicking here.
PRO LIGHT (KF1)
PRO GEARBOX (KZ2)
PRO JUNIOR (KF3)
JUNIOR NATIONAL LIGHT
JUNIOR NATIONAL HEAVY
AUSTRALIAN LEOPARD CHALLENGE