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NSW Speedway Karts, Round 5

press release

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.
During the day Michael Jordan, Cameron Ware, Kaidon Brown and Jake Baines all took advantage of the high line on the track to dominate their classes and showed everyone at the venue that this year it will be a tight battle for Club Championship honours between them all.
Thanks to the Karting World Race Team this meeting saw a number of bitumen driver venture out to give the dirt a go and, from reports, all had a great day’s racing and have vowed to be back to give it another shot .

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.
Final results for the day, after tallying points from all four races, saw Taylor Rietdyk with consistent results take 3rd place, Katelyn Hickey showed this year she means business taking 2nd and Jake Baines took home the 1st place trophy.

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.
In the all important final where the high points drivers are gridded to the back, Adam Hunter as the highest on points drove his way to 3rd finshing behind Nathan Camillieri who finished in 2nd and  the “Old Fox” Les Green who saw the chequers first.

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.
Heat wins went to Luke Geering in Heat 1 and the increasingly improving Connor Moreau in Heats 2 and 3.  The minor places were shared amongst Brandon Moore, Liam Walker and Mitchell Pyne.
When the final lined up, it was Connor (as the high points man) followed by Brandon and Luke. After an exciting race which had the crowd entertained it was Luke who managed to come home in 1st place followed by Mitchell and Connor made his way to 3rd.

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.
In Group B three different Heat winners shared the spoils - in Heat 1 Cameron Coghlan blitzed the field and won by a commanding lead, Heat 2 saw a tighter race with Dan Morris taking a narrow win and in Heat 3 David Hopping found some speed and lead home the field.  The minors in the Heats were shared by Leighton O’Brien,David Boyd and the Heat winners.
In the final Mitch Brien, after a horror run in his Heats, lead from start to finish to take the win, David Hopping came from P6 to take 2nd and Cameron Coghlan from P9 drove his way to 3rd.
The final placings for the round, after points across both Groups were tallied, saw Danny Stewart take 3rd from Cameron Coghlan in 2nd and Michael Jordan took a very well deserved victory in the class.

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 feature race saw Cameron Ware gridded in P13 but by turn 4 on the first lap with a big outside run he took the lead and showed the field the way to the chequered flag. Following Cam home in 2nd was one of the new drivers, Tom Williamson and in 3rd was another lady racer, Lindsay Jones. The final placings of the round were 3rd place Alana Onley, 2nd place Nat Genner and 1st was taken by Cameron Ware.

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.
Come feature time, Kaidon again showed a clean pair of heels taking the lead on lap 2 and then leading the field home making his efforts the only spotless sweep of of victories on the day of all the drivers present. Chasing home Kaidon in 2nd place was Liam Camilleri and Jake Donaldson was 3rd. Final placings on the day were 3rd place Liam Camilleri, 2nd Jake Donaldson with Kaidon Brown 1st place.

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,
   Fire Service Plus, Wescranes, ST Signs & Designs,
PaFormance Motors, Tyre Power Sydney Speedway,
Full Scope Electrical Services,
C&A Mobile, Hoosier Tire Australia



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