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Ipswich Stars Of Karting Round

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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
presented by Castrol EDGE

Round Three of Five – Ipswich, NSW

RESULTS – Top Five

Pro Light (KF1)
1. Adam Hughes (Kosmic/IAME) – Mentone, Vic
2. Cian Fothergill (Kosmic/IAME) – Gladstone, QLD
3. Jake Spencer (Kosmic/IAME) – Wantirna, Vic
4. Daniel Rochford (Kosmic/IAME) – Narre Warren, Vic
5. Brooke Topp (Kosmic/IAME) – Towoomba, QLD

Pro Gearbox (KZ2)
1. Tyler Greenbury (CRG/Maxter)
2. Matthew Wall (BRM/TM) – Sunbury, Vic
3. John Grother (Energy/TM)
4. Chris Hays (Energy/TM) – Gold Coast, QLD
5. Lee Mitchener (Formula K/TM) – Greensborough, Vic

Pro Junior (KF3)
1. Cameron Hill (Top kart/Vortex) – Canberra, ACT
2. Joseph Burton-Harris (Exprit/Vortex) – Rouse Hill, NSW
3. Jake Coleman (CRG/Vortex) – Glenmore Park, NSW
4. Kurt Kostecki (Tony Kart/Vortex) – Dianella, WA
5. Jaxon Evans (RK Kart/Vortex) – Gold Coast, QLD

1. Jason Burns
2. James Greenwood
3. Sam Lumsden
4. Richard Peasey
5. Brenton Simonds

Junior National Light
1. William Brown
2. Russell Whittaker
3. William Hawkes
4. Jayden Ojeda
5. Mitchell Bennett

Junior National Heavy
1. Nicholas Andrews
2. Thomas Chitty
3. Tom Davidson
4. Joshua Ebzery
5. Torey Blanch

Leopard Light
1. James Macken
2. Adam Mercer
3. Jedd Stojakovic
4. Daniel Edmonds
5. Adam Willison

Leopard Heavy
1. Brendan Nelson
2. Michael Griffiths
3. Michael Doherty
4. Klinton Hancey
5. Matthew Boylan

The full results can be found by clicking here.

Top Ten After Round 3 of 5

1. Daniel Rochford 383
2. Adam Hughes 380
3. Cian Fothergill 358
4. Jake Spencer 347
5. Joseph Mawson 335
6. Brooke Topp 283
7. Jake Parsons 272
8. Jake Klarich 250
9. Jarryd Ebzery 236
10. Tyler Greenbury 224

1. Chris Hays 369
2. Jason Pringle 364
3. Tyler Greenbury 359
4. Kyle Ensbey 357
5. Lee Mitchener 311
6. Matthew Wall 306
7. Daniel Currey 271
8. Anthony Martin 253
9. Troy Bretherton 247
10. John Grother 229

1. Cameron Hill 396
2. Jake Coleman 374
3. Joseph Burton-Harris 362
4. Brock Plumb 340
5. Thomas Randle 309
6. Joshua Smith 304
7. Lachlan McHugh 286
8. Kurt Kostecki 282
9. Dimitri Agathos 263
10. Callum Walker 250

1. James Greenwood 250
2. Chris Farkas 185
3. Brenton Simonds 167
4. Shay Mayes 165
5. Daniel Nolan 147
6. Leon Mramor 147
7. Samantha Millar 144
8. Gordon Wilson 106
9. Jordan Zammit 100
10. Aaron Borg 75

1. Jayden Ojeda 146
2. William Hawkes 126
3. Justin Ford 116
4. Thomas Steele 94
5. William Brown 85
6. Todd Stocks 69
7. Russell Whittaker 66
8. Ryan Pike 65
9. Drew Ridge 60
10. Hudson Heath 58

1. Thomas Chitty 128
2. Torey Blanch 115
3. James Duckworth 80
4. Nicholas Andrews 80
5. Mitchell Kennedy 73
6. Anthony Gamouf 66
7. Reece Davidson 65
8. Stephanie Stones 63
9. Tom Davidson 62
10. Damon Scholfield 60

1. Jedd Stojakovic 213
2. Adam Mercer 175
3. Iain McDougall 170
4. Adam Willison 168
5. Daniel Edmonds 157
6. James Sera 154
7. Ben Stewart 151
8. John Reynolds 103
9. Sam Taylor 96
10. Pierce Lehane 85

1. Michael Griffiths 215
2. Gaven Whitmore 194
3. Travis Martin 179
4. Matthew Boylan 163
5. Steven Lintott 157
6. Scott Goldman 155
7. Michael Hazelton 144
8. Matthew Nicholson 86
9. Brendan Nelson 85
10. Paul Pittam 70



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