Round 3 of the Victorian State Kart Championship Series was held at the Oakleigh Go Kart Racing Club on the 15th, 16th and 17th of May.
Cool overcast weather greeted the rivers for day 1 of practice on Friday but with the weather clearing Friday night, qualifying and racing was contest over two perfect sunny days on Saturday and Sunday.
Restricted 125 light
11 drivers were competing in the Restricted 125 light class with the 23 kart of Brayden Flood taking a clean sweep of the weekend and taking a big win in the final ahead of the 35 kart of Bradley Winter and 9 kart of Jordan Rae.
Restricted 125 light on the roll arounds
Restricted 125 light round 3 second place #35 Bradley Winter
Restricted 125 Light round 3 winner #23 Brayden Flood
Tag 125 Light
A big field of 19 drivers were on the grid for the Tag 125 light class with the 94 kart of William Hawekes getting out to the lead at the start of the final ahead of the 41 kart of Michael Carless. Careless soon took the lead going up the inside in the infield section with Hawekes being shuffled back into the pack, 2 crashes occured on lap 3 and on lap 4 another crash this time bringing the race to a stop with the red flag, while one of the drivers was checked over. On the restart the 24 kart of Bradley Marsh-Stepney tried a big move on the leaders into turn one but braked slightly late and had to go through the cut through to retake his position. The 41 of Careless went onto take the win ahead of the 98 kart of Rohan Kinens and 24 of Marsh-Stepney.
Tag 125 Light #41 Michael Carless leads #94 William Hawkes in the opening laps
Tag 125 Light #28 Jamie Westaway ahead of #86 Timothy Edwards and #99 Mitchell Mackay
Tag 125 Light #98 Rohan Kinens and #24 Bradley Marsh-Stepney fight it out for second and third
Tag 125 Light round 3 winner #41 Michael Carless
Restricted 125 Heavy
In the Restricted 125 Heavy class there was a good battle for the race lead between the 18 kart of Samuel Morrow and the 99 of Peter Gigis, with Morrow leading the first half of the race, but on lap 7 on the main straight Morrow’s kart appeared to lock up and cease an engine at top speed and Gigis showing great awareness to avoid any contact. Gigis went onto claim victory ahead of the 7 kart of Timothy Martin and the 5 kart of Christopher Szysz, with the unlucky Morrow forced to watch from the sidelines.
Restricted 125 Heavy #18 Samuel Morrow leads #99 Peter Gigis and #7 Timothy Martin in the opening laps
Restricted 125 Heavy round 3 fourth place #34 Kim Sherlock
Restricted 125 Heavy a close battle for the first half of the race between #18 Samuel Morrow and #99 Peter Gigis
Restricted 125 Heavy round 3 winner #99 Peter Gigis
In the X30 light class the 94 kart of James Sera took a clean sweep of the weekend ahead of the 36 kart of Daniel Rochford and 14 kart of Leigh Nicolaou.
X30 Light #94 James Sera leads #36 Daniel Rochford and #14 Leigh Nicolaou
X30 Light class #94 James Sera and #36 Daniel Rochford
X30 Light class #94 James Sera leads #36 Daniel Rochford and #14 Leigh Nicolaou
X30 Light class round 3 winner #94 James Sera
Tag 125 Heavy
In the Tag 125 Heavy class the 4 kart of Scott King who had run 2nd all weekend was able to find good form for the final taking the win ahead of the 54 kart of Aaron Hindle and the 43 kart of Justin Carless.
Tag 125 Heavy class #92 Ryan Aitken and #3 Ashley Seward
Tag 125 Heavy class #24 Stephen Simpson and #40 Anthony Westaway having a close battle
Tag 125 Heavy class second place #54 Aaron Hindle
Tag 125 Heavy class round 3 winner #4 Scott King
In Clubman Light the 94 kart of James Sera took the victory from the 33 kart of Justin Francis with the 34 kart of Jordan Nicolaou 3rd.
Clubman Light class grid forming up on the roll arounds
Clubman Light fifth place #12 Matthew Mclean
Clubman Light 2nd place #33 Justin Francis
Clubman Light 1st place #94 James Sera
In Clubman Heavy the 14 kart of Leigh Nicolaou took the class victory ahead of the 20 kart of Remo Luciani and the 4 kart of Phil Smith.
Clubman Heavy class opening laps #14 Leigh Nicolaou leads #20 Remo Luciani, #4 Phil Smith and #95 John Reynolds
Clubman Heavy class #95 John Reynolds ahead of #25 Dylan Slits, #7 Christopher Thomas and #44 Justin Bonacci
Clubman Heavy class second place #20 Remo Luciani
Clubman Heavy class first place #14 Leigh Nicolaou
Junior National Light
A big field of 19 karts started the race in Junior National Light with the 85 kart of Angelo Mouzouris getting out to lead ahead of the 40 kart of Corey Arnett and 11 kart of Matthew Beninca. Beninca passed Arnett for second and half way through the race Arnett dropped down the field suffering mechanical problems sustained from an earlier incident in the weekend. Mouzouris went onto claim victory ahead of Beninca and the 78 kart of Zakkary Best.
Junior National Light final race about to begin
Junior National Light class 4th place #55 Jordyn Sinni
Junior National Light class 2nd place #11 Matthew Beninca
Junior National Light class 1st place #85 Angelo Mouzouris
In the Cadet 9 class the 56 kart of Damon Woods and the 5 kart of Brodie Thomson had a great fight for the lead for the entire race, with Thomson sitting on the rear bumper of Woods every lap with Woods driving well and holding his nerve to go to claim the win ahead of Thomson and the 11 kart of Jack Lawson.
Cadet 9 class final race about to start
Cadet 9 class 4th place Anton Hortis
Cadet 9 class 5th place Spencer Rice
Cadet 9 class #56 Damon Woods and #5 Brodie Thomson had a great battle for the lead for the entire race
Junior Nation Heavy
In the Junior National Heavy class the 60 kart of Cody Donald took a clean sweep of the weekend ahead of a pack of karts who were swapping positions all race including the 27 kart of Simon Fallon, 66 kart of Benjamin D’Alia, 40 kart of Bryce Woollard and 13 kart of Troy Alger.
Junior National Heavy class about to enter the main straight for the race start of the final
Junior National Heavy class into turn 1
Junior National Heavy class fighting for second the #27 Simon Fallon, #66 Benjamin D’Alia, #40 Bryce Woollard and #13 Troy Alger
Junior National Heavy class round 3 winner #60 Cody Donald
The biggest field of 26 karts in the Cadet 12 class also produced the best final of the race weekend, with the 9 kart of Jay Hanson getting out to a slight lead ahead of a close following pack including the 34 kart of Cooper Webster, 26 kart of Kai Allen and 25 kart of George Gower all running nose to tail in the early stages. With 8 laps to go Webster took control of the lead from Hanson with Hanson being shuffled back. With 4 laps to go it was the 26 of Allen who took control of the lead and went on to claim a great win from the 25 kart of Gower who drove well to come through the field, ahead of the 9 of Hanson and Webster with all drivers putting on a great display of close wheel to wheel racing. (Results updated, unfortunatley #26 Kai Allen was disqualified after the final, meaning 1st place went to #25 George Gower, 2nd place #9 Jay Hanson, 3rd place #34 Cooper Murray)
Big field of 26 karts in the Cadet 12 class about to greet the race starter
Cadet 12 class into turn 1
Cadet 12 class had a great battle between #26 Kai Allen, #34 Cooper Webster, #25 George Gower with #15 Fletcher Harris not far behind
Cadet 12 class round 3 1st place to #25 George Gower and 2nd place to #9 Jay Hanson (#26 Kai Allen unfortunatley suffered a DSQ)
In the Junior Clubman Class 3 karts go out ahead of the pack with the 95 kart of Aaron Cameron leading the way from the 71 kart of Dylan Hollis and the 27 kart of Simon Fallon. Cameron and Hollis ran nose to tail for the entire race until with 3 laps to go Hollis took the lead, onto the last lap and into turn 1 Cameron tried to take the lead on the inside under brakes but the 2 karts touches wheels and Cameron got slightly air born over the top of Hollis with Cameron ending up in the gravel trap and Hollis going on to claim victory ahead of Fallon and the 73 kart of Harrison Carr.
The start of the Junior Clubman class final
Junior Clubman class #95 Aaron Cameron leads #71 Dylan Hollis and #27 Simon Fallon
Junior Clubman class #95 Aaron Cameron lead most of the race until a DNF on the last lap
Junior Clubman class round 3 winner #71 Dylan Hollis
Well done to everyone competing and officiating at the meeting, we hope to see you at the final of the first Victorian State Championship Series at the Eastern Lions kart Club from the the 19th to the 21st of June, Supp Regs are now available entries close Monday 15th of June.
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