WA KZ2 Series - Round 3Tweet
from Paul Williams
Round 3 of the West Australian KZ2 series was hotly contested on Saturday 25th August at Hurricane Kart Club. A total of 25 KZ2 karts made up the field for what is the premier series in West Australia.
The class is based loosely on CIK style and is gaining momentum for a 5 round series next year. CIK Regulars dominated the Qualifying with Anthony Martin (Lenzo - 32.856) just ahead of Ben Van Ryt (Top Kart - 32.871).
Van Ryt Hit back though taking out race one as Martin slipped back down to 4th and Blake Mills, on board his Kosmic machine, made his way up the field to 2nd. Martin again showed his speed in race 2 taking the win back off Van Ryt with Blake Mills taking 3rd.
Jared Bishop stormed though from 4th to take the pre-final from current series Leader Simon Gwilliam. Gwilliam was suffering from ‘man flu’ over the weekend which didn’t help his cause. A consistent Van Ryt rounded out the top 3. Front runner Anthony Martin had kart problems and would start the final from the rear which set up for a thrilling final.
As the Sun dropped so did the temperature (to about 8 deg), but it didn’t stop the action heating up under lights at Hurricane Kart Club. Bishop and Gwilliam struggled to hold position as Ben Van Ryt and Jake Klarich headed the field. Martin, who started 21st was already up to 10th by lap 2 and making a steady charge towards the front. Ex Supercar Development Series driver Todd Fiore also made his way to the pointy end. Todd finished 5th place which keeps him in front for the ‘Rookie of the year’ title with Anthony Martin nipping at his heels.
Daniel Currey was the victim of a mid-race crash that ended a forgettable weekend for the Patrizi Corse driver. Jake Klarich hunted down Van Ryt and made the pass for 1st position with 3 laps remaining. Van Ryt had no reply as Jake took line honours as the fireworks (yes, real fireworks) went off in spectacular fashion. Anthony Martin ended his charge in 3rd place in what was drive of the round.
Jake was rapped with his results. “We were very happy with how the weekend went, starting off qualifying 4 tenths off of the front and by the pre-final we were doing the same lap times as the leaders” Jake said. "In the final once I got to 2nd I didn’t think I could catch Ben, but our tyres were in pretty good condition and I eventually passed him with 3 laps to go. A big thankyou to the Lenzo Kart Australia team, Super Rooster, Condo Cartage, MI construct, Bowra Signs and A & R Klarich Transport and Earthmoving”.
Next and Final Round heads to Kalgoorlie on November 3rd at the ‘Dash for Cash’ event that has gained interest Australia wide. Big prize money on offer is hoping to lure the eastern state competitors over for what promises to be big fields and great racing.
Wundowie Round 3 Final Placings
Rookie - Series Standings