NSW Speedway Karts, Round 5Tweet
1st July turned out to be a perfect winter’s day which provided the opportunity for the NSW Speedway Kart Club to host Round 5 of their 2012 Championship - and what a race meeting it was !
The superbly prepared Nepean Motorsport Complex 450mtr circuit provided one of the best racing surfaces for some time and the 80-plus drivers who turned up to contest the Wescranes sponsored Nepean Nationals took full advantage of it and displayed some great wheel to wheel speedway action.
The first class on track was the Junior National Class, 13 drivers faced the starter’s green for the day. Heat race wins were shared between Katelyn Hickey winning Heat 1 and Jake Baines who won Heats 2 and 3. Minor places in the Heats saw Luke Sayre, Taylor Rietdyk and Jordan Binskin all feature.
The final race of the day was won by Jake Baines who utlised the high side of the race track to gain an advantage, 2nd place went to first-time speedway driver, Cody Gillis. who had a great 5 lap battle with Jake before he eventually made the pass. Following home the two boys was Katelyn Hickey who drove a wonderful race finding her way through the field from the back of the grid.
The Clubman Heavy boys were next to show what they could do on the very racey track. The class had 10 drivers who are all very close on speed and ability and it showed in the placings in the Heats.
Heat wins went to Gary Slarke in Heat 1, Adam Hunter Heats 2 and 3 with minor placings being shared by Daniel Selmes, David Cochran and Tim Baker.
When the points were tallied up, it was Tim Baker home in 3rd, Gary Slarke in 2nd and regular bitumin driver Adam Hunter finished 1st and showed all that he should figure in the end of season points score with the form he is showing.
The Cadets (formerly the Mighty Midgets) were the next to tear up the track and this class of 7 to 10 year old drivers entertained the crowd with their racing ability with four great races throughout the day.
At the end-of-day presentation, 3rd place was awarded to Luke Geering, 2nd was Brandon Moore and, at this meeting, Connor Moreau took home 1st place after a day of great racing.
The KT Modified Light Class was over subscribed and had to be split into two groups to race off against each other for the round results. The Heat racing in both classes was hard and fast - in Group A Heat wins went to James Melling in Heat 1 and, folowing a trend, Michael Jordan in Heats 2 and 3. Minor placing inthe heats went to Mitchell O’Brein and Jamie Dicker.
In the final Michael Jordan showed his class and went straight to the top of the track and rounded the field to take victory. Coming home in 2nd place was Mitchell O’Brien and Brad Cunneen held on for 3rd.
Clubman Light had an extended field at this meeting with a number of new drivers trying speedway for the first time. The racing all day had everyone at the venue stopping to watch. In the Heat racing action, Cameron Ware was first home in Heats 1 and 3 whilst the most improved driver in the Club this year so far, lady racer Alana Onley, took out Heat 2. The minor placing were shared by Cameron and Alana with Nat Genner, Ashleigh Jack and Mitch Brien.
The Rookie Class was the last class on track and the only driver to clean sweep his Heats on the day was Club Champion, Kaidon Brown. Kaidon showed his class and why he proudly carries the Number 1 on his kart by displaying his smooth driving style to all on the day. Minor places in the Heats were shared by Jake Donaldson, Liam Camileri and Andrew Sayre.
The other award to be handed out was the C&A Mobile sponsored Highest Points Award and, for the second meeting in a row, it went to Cameron Ware.
The meeting turned out to be a great day and the Club could not be happier with the outcome and are already looking forward to Round 6 on 29 July when the Club will be hosting the “Hoosier Classic”.
The NSWSKC would like to acknowledge and thank all their corporate partners for their continued support throughout 2012.
Hopping’s Mowers, On Track Automotive,