Arrow Drivers Win 4 Blue Plates At SA ChampionshipsTweet
Arrow Karts continues its amazing run of success at National and State Championship level in 2012. Arrow drivers were successful in securing another four blue plates at the recent SA State Open Championships held at the Mt Gambier Kart Circuit. Arrow Karts have now won thirty one Blue plates thus far in 2012 with the last event being the Tasmanian championships to conclude the 2012 season later this month.
Arrow Karts & drivers had success in Leopard Light, Clubman Heavy, Junior National Light & Junior National Heavy. Additionally, we had podium results in Rookies, Junior National Light, Junior National Heavy, Clubman Heavy, Clubman Super Heavy & Clubman Over 40s. In both the Junior National classes Arrow karts once again achieved a clean sweep of the top 5 positions for the fifth time in 2012 at State Championship level.
In the premier class Shamick Racing/J & A Tuning driver Leigh Nicolaou dominated the field over the weekend securing pole position for the heat races. Leigh then completely controlled both heat races and the pre final to have his Arrow X2-CIK kart on pole position for Sunday’s final. Leigh secured another blue plate with a very polished drive against Australia’s toughest Leopard competitors.
Leopard Heavy current Australian champion Brendan Nelson was on track to win another Blue plate after claiming pole position for the final. Brendan had gained a nice gap over the first 10 laps of final but on Lap 11 tragedy happened when Brendan hit a heap of debris that two karts had left after some off track racing. This caused Brendan to run wide allowing the second placed driver to push Brendan even further off the track causing him to fall back to fifth. Unfortunately for Brendan there were not enough laps left and he had to be content with a fourth position.
In Clubman Heavy, Leigh Nicolaou “doubled up” with another stellar drive in the final to secure victory ahead of Kaos Kartsport & Arrow pilot Brendan Nelson. Both Arrow drivers secured the front row for the final ahead of local Paul Pittam and Karting legend / Monaco driver Remo Luciani. Leigh grabbed the lead from Nelson on Lap 2 which he never relinquished leaving Nelson having to settle for second best for the second straight time at state level in 2012.
Junior National Light was full of heartbreak and tales with several of the eventual podium drivers experiencing DNF’s in the heat races. Young Kustom Karts driver Tyler Morrison kept his nose clean in the heats and secured pole position for the final but CC Racing’s Liam McLellan would go on to win his blue plate ahead of Hidden Valley Kart Supplies Bryce Fullwood who continues his brilliant 2012 season with another podium result. Third spot on the podium was secured by another 2012 bolter in Shamick Racing’s Will Hawkes fourth spot went to Kustom Karts driver Tyler Morrison and fifth was the ever consistent J & A Tuning driver Damon Strongman.
Junior National Heavy was an all Arrow affair with Karratha Karts Nick Rowe securing the pole position but CC Racing’s Jordan Boys taking two wins in the heats from Rowe and Shamick Racing’s Will Hawkes. Nick Rowe would bounce back to take the win in the pre final ahead of Boys and Jordan Murphy. Some early jostling for position in the opening couple laps saw young Murphy lose out and Damon Strongman capitalise to put himself in a winning position. Ultimately Jordan Boys drove a fantastic race to lead from start to finish ahead of Nick Rowe and Will Hawkes. Damon Strongman would finish fourth ahead of Zac Soutar in fifth.