Round 8 Race Report

NSW Superkart Championship Round 8 Race Report

The final event of the CAMS NSW state championship was held at an overcast Sydney Motorsport Park, the competitors were still fresh from a national title only a few weeks prior and they would be all rearing to go. A strong 24 kart field came out to qualify and Aaron Cogger wasted no time in setting a fast lap that would give him pole position. Beside him was Lee Vella and John Pellicano. A four-race format was planned for the final day of the year and as always reliability would play a major part in the eventual outcome.

RACE 1 started cleanly with all drivers rounding the first few corners safely, John Dunn lead the way from Vella and Cogger while the unfortunate Pellicano was touring slowly towards the back of the field.  During the second lap Ali Mohanna had a small spin at the hairpin, he was able to keep the engine running and soldier on, however not long after that the safety car came out due to the stricken kart of Justin Levis parked in a dangerous position at turn 2.

Once the field was released from the safety car, racing became more eager. The lead swapped multiple times with Cogger, Vella and Dunn all taking turns in leading the race. Mark Robin had a small spin at turn 9 and was not able to re-join the race after that, he spectated with intent perched on top of a tyre wall. The three way dice up front became a two man race once Dunn had to pit due to a black flag infringement. In the end Vella came out on top winning from Cogger, Tony Moit finished a distant 3rd.

Class Winners, Race 1

  • Tony Moit – 250 National
  • Lee Vella – 125 Gearbox
  • Ken Williams – Stock Honda
  • Mark Vickers – NGB Light
  • Alan Dodge – NGB Heavy

 

RACE 2 was unfortunately marred by a high attrition race and it started early on with Pellicano retiring at turn 2. Moit and Dunn set the pace early on, dicing for the lead but it would not last long with Dunn having trouble and eventually retiring a few laps later. Vella and Cogger overtook Moit and started pulling away with the three leaders spread apart by mid-race distance.

Robin’s kart started misfiring and was touring at a reduced race, and the misfortune continued on with Moit retiring while in a strong 3rd position. Moit’s demise allowed Adam Stewart to inherit the podium position, albeit a long way back from the leaders. In the end Vella won by a considerable margin from Cogger and Stewart.

Class Winners, Race 2

  • No finishers – 250 National
  • Lee Vella – 125 Gearbox
  • Michael Doherty – Stock Honda
  • Mark Vickers – NGB Light
  • Alan Dodge – NGB Heavy

RACE 3 started cleanly with Pellicano making the early running followed by Dunn and Vella, it looked like Pellicano’s fortune turned for the better until turn 2 of the third lap where the frustrated driver put his hand up in the air to signal that his race was over. He was not alone, with the other front runner Dunn retiring as well. Vella was now alone at the front with a small gap from Cogger and Robin.

A great mid-pack battle was forming between four drivers and this dice lasted throughout the entire race; Anthony Dykstra, Jock Dos Santos, Stuart Robertson and Graeme Taplin swapped position on numerous occasions providing great entertainment.  Turn 2 proved difficult for many drivers with karts spinning with ease. Stewart spun and stalled his engine to retire. Allan Dodge and Dos Santos also spun however they were able to keep the engine running and resume racing. A retirement for Vella robbed him of a certain win and in the end, it was Cogger 1st, Moit 2nd and Robert Trimmer 3rd.

Class Winners, Race 3

  • Tony Moit – 250 National
  • Lee Vella – 125 Gearbox
  • Michael Doherty – Stock Honda
  • Mark Vickers – NGB Light
  • Shane Thompson – NGB Heavy

 

RACE 4 (Trophy Race) would be the final race of the year, Pellicano made the best start and controlled the early running from Dunn and Moit. The leader was pulling away from his pursuant until disaster struck again, the unfortunate stalwart of the sport suffered another mechanical drama and subsequently a DNF. To capitalize on Pellicano’s misfortune was Dunn who temporarily claimed the lead from Cogger and Moit.

Just behind the leaders; Williams, Doherty and Trimmer had a 3-way battle for 4th position while further back, drivers left nothing on the table with great overtaking moves at turn 2. Cogger overtook Dunn to claim the lead and eventually pulled away to win comfortably from Moit and Dunn.

Class Winners, Race 4

  • Tony Moit – 250 National
  • Aaron Cogger – 125 Gearbox
  • Michael Doherty – Stock Honda
  • Mark Vickers – NGB Light
  • Shane Thompson – NGB Heavy