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South Australians Shaun Jones, Ian Williams and Anthony Rugolo took all three classes at the Non-Gearbox (Rotax) Superkart Championships that were run at Phillip Island on the weekend.
Jones was undefeated in Lights and Williams won 3 out of 4 races in Heavy. In Juniors, Rugolo shared wins and seconds with Queenslander Quintin Slabbert, but importantly took out the final race.
The meeting was also the Victorian Superkart Championship for gearbox classes. Gary Pegoraro and Rod Conn won 250 Inter and 125 Gearbox respectively, while Dale Williams edged out Scott Appledore in 250 National.
Full results from the individual races on Natsoft HERE. Class summaries below.
from Vic Superkarts
Non Geabox Light:
The pointy end of this field were quick and diced for position all weekend but in the end Shaun Jones was just too dominant. The rest of the field also travelled in packs with many varied results throughout the weekend. A spectacle to watch.
Non Gearbox Heavy:
The old fox Ian Williams found the extra pace he needed on Sunday morning a led all three races taking it out ahead of last years winner Steven Milner and Mike Godsell. Brandon Stillwell also started strongly but has issues later in the day with Rod Clarke just not having enough pace to get him to the podium.
The juniors were at it hammer and tong all weekend and turned out some impressive lap times in the practice session by some clever draughting of the senior field. Heat one saw last years winner Tim Clarke's hopes dashed with a chain failing on lap two. Meanwhile Anthony Rugolo and Quintin Slabbert were out front swapping the lead and fighting for position. The end results seeing them tying on points and the overall win going to Anthony. As expected the juniors gave us some fine racing to watch.
The quickest class in superkarting lived up to its name this weekend with ultimate winner Gary Pegoraro grabbing the lap record on Sunday morning in heat two with a time of 1:31.0869. Martin Latta charged hard all weekend to try and steal away Gary's clean sweep but found instead that Matt Bass in only his second drive in the class was challenging for second spot. Dallas Brookes had a weekend to forget but is shaking the gremlins from the kart and first time driver Jack Mackay was having a ball until an urgent work matter forced him to retire.
Dale Williams proved to finish first, first you must finish ahead of Scott Appledore in his first drive of a National after moving up from the non gearbox class. Jason Akermanis finished the day strongly after not finishing in heat two while Brendan Luneman had an electrical gremlin that bought him disappointment.
Rod Conn and Rob Millar spent the first two heats chasing off a hard charging Sam Zavaglia in a Stock Honda before Millar massively torched an engine. The rest of the field got on with their own day and couldn't stop smiling.
Sam Zavaglia proved too strong for this close racing field. On the Sunday morning the crew randomly drew ignition modules from a bucket to prove there was no advantages being played out. In for the spoils were Dalton Rowell Paul Deagan and Mark Vickers.