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Preview: The Dave Hamnett Memorial

  22 November 2012

press release

Manning Valley Kart Club will host the 6th annual Dave Hamnett Memorial event this coming Saturday. Over 100 competitors from all over NSW will battle for position around the 650m Wingham circuit with racing to conclude under lights.

Many of the drivers will be using this event as a shakedown meeting for the prestigious 2013 TaG Super Series opening round to be held in February.

Local racers will be looking to continue the strong form that they carried through the recent Motor Traders’ Association Tri-Series. This will be Manning Valley’s last race meeting for the year and will be followed by the annual championship presentation on Sunday.

In the Cadets category, it will be Zac Crichton who will be the clear favourite to claim the top podium spot. Crichton will likely be challenged by Newcastle’s Jordan Poynting who continues to improve each event aboard his Arrow kart. Newcomer Sam McIntosh will be looking for a strong result before commencing his first full year of racing in 2013.

Thomas Davies dominated the last round of the MTA Tri-series and will hope to continue his red hot form in the Rookies division. 2011 NSW C grade title holder Harrison Kilpatrick will be yet again in strong form in his new Top Kart chassis. Kody Garland of Tionnee will be chasing a strong result before progressing to the junior ranks for 2013.

Junior National Light has provided some exceptional racing at ‘the valley’ this year and is sure to set the track alight once again. Todd Stocks will be the driver to beat but will face stiff competition from CRG driver Drew Ridge and Sydney’s Gus Flynn. Charlotte Poynting and Emily Kilpatrick will be proudly doing it for the girls and are likely to place well.

In the Junior National Heavy category it will be a tough battle for the podium. Repco backed pilot Steven Adam of Coffs Harbour will be a strong challenger, along with Joel Robertson, Thomas McDonnell and Sam Van Leeuwestyn.

A strong field of Senior National Pro is expected at this event. Bradley Drury will be a definite frontrunner along with Monaco Kart driver Royce Sutherland. Chris Cheetham of Newcastle will look for a strong result upon his second visit to Manny Valley.

Clubman Light is set to heat up this weekend with the likes of Andrew Mitchell, Steely Noda-Barnes and Brock Greedy competing. These top class drivers will be facing the local talents of Tom Hungerford and Michael Sutherland.

After some bad luck in the final round of the Tri-series Richard Farnant will be looking for yet another win in the Clubman Heavy division. Lap record holder Ryan McIntosh will be returning to competition after a short break and will look to continue his winning ways. Jordan Greedy, Chris Varcoe and Brayden McFawn will also be strong competitors.

TAG R Light competitors will have their work cut out for them catching Zac Van Leeuwestyn. Zac has been in scintillating form this season but will likely be pressured by Ricki Bunt and Matt Kenneth. This class will likely be the biggest on the day and therefore be racing for the Dave Hamnett Memorial Trophy.

Mark Jensen of Wollongong will no doubt be a front runner In TAG R Heavy aboard his Gold Kart on his first visit to Manning Valley. He will be amongst stiff competition with Sodi Kart driver Michael Lawrence looking for success after a tough time during the final round of the Tri-series. Aaron Wasley continues to improve his pace in his new chassis and will be a good chance for a podium.

TAG R Super Heavy is a battle between three men; Robert Garland, Iain Sutherland and James Murray. These gentlemen have been battling it out around the Manning Valley circuit all year and this event is sure to be no different.

Sportsman Light will have a few new faces for this event. Shane Murray and Alex Ramsay will be looking to make a good impression as they step up in rank. Manning Valley’s star combination of Royce Sutherland and Andrew Mitchell will be looking to keep the newcomers at a distance and continue their winning ways.

It is a similar case in Sportsman Heavy with Energy driver Michael Heywood moving up after a dominant season in TAGR Heavy. He will face some tough opponents in the likes of Barry House, Lindsay Bunt and Trevor Mutton.