|press release||5 November 2016|
Daniel Currey is the newly crowned WA KZ Series champion. Currey had such a great season that he basically had the series wrapped up before the 5th and final round on the weekend in Kalgoorlie.
Above: 2016 WA KZ2 Series Champion, Daniel Currey (pic - Bayley Bell / Brad Mitchell)
The fight for the minor placings was well alive and hotly costed between Simon Gwilliam, Tyler Peel and Peter Newland. Unfortunately for Peel, he had a horror weekend on the track at the final round and was unable to get up to speed on the newly resurfaced Kalgoorlie track. This cost him any chance of a top 3 as he slipped down the order. Gwilliam and Newland however made sure the fight was alive and any DNF would mean certain death for the championship. Newland won the meeting however was unable to get the points needed as the ever consistent Gwilliam kept the points ticking over. Gwilliam finishing 2nd and Newland 3rd.
Mitchell Peralla had his biggest points haul of the season to stamp authority on his Rookie of the year title. Mitch winning the Ricciardo Rookie award coming home in 7th place and joining some big names to have previously won.
“Great year for me taking home the championship. Have been trying to win this one for about 5year now and very happy with the result. Even better racing with a bunch of great guys. The Series had four different winners from five rounds and just goes to show how competitive it is. Moving from the Birel chassis to the Maranello kart we found good pace and from round 2 we never looked back winning a number of races. The weather this year through some curveballs at us with 3 of the rounds being wet conditions. At the Cockburn round we had to cancel Saturday's racing because of storms and winds tearing pits apart so it's definitely been an interesting year of racing. I am looking forward to next year. Hopefully we have the success we had this year and can go back to back.Thanks to everyone that is part of the series, drivers, sponsors, mechanics, clubs. Bring on 2017.”
“My Kalgoorlie weekend didn't go too well being off the pace in the final and having trouble in the other races but it was good to show good speed during practice friday. 2016 overall was pretty good, we made good progress with the package and hopefully be at the pointy end next year. To win the rookie of the year is amazing, but I'm looking forward to next years season to get back out there and do it again with all the guys and have some fun.”
Above: 2016 Rookie of the Year, Mitchell Perrella (pic - Bayley Bell / Brad Mitchell)
Above: 2016 series points