2019 NSW Superkart Championship

Round 3 Race Report

Round 3 of the NSW Superkart Championship was held in perfect Sydney Autumn weather. 21 drivers came out to qualify early Sunday morning, in an action-packed single day meet. The drivers where pushing hard with Anthony Cristallo finding the limits at turn one with a slight off. Aaron Cogger was able to set the fastest time to claim pole from Lee Vella. Other drivers at the pointy end where Mark Robin, Tony Moit and Jeff Reed.

Race 1, It was a clean start by all in race one, with Moit leading the charge from Cogger, Vella and John Dunn. As the race progressed Moit pulled out a gap to both Cogger and Vella. The race between the two pursuant was brilliant, both drivers swapping positions on multiple occasions. It was not only the dice for second that was hotly contested, the battle for 4th was between Dunn, Reed, Paul Campbell and Mark Robin. These four drivers diced together until Reed’s demise on lap 4.

Moit was untouchable at front winning by a massive 17 seconds. Second position was different, Vella and Cogger crossed the line side by side, and only the timing monitor would be able to separate them. The margin was 0.01 seconds.  Dunn came home 4th beating a group of drivers.

Race 1 Class Results:

  • 250 International – Tony Moit
  • 250 National – John Dunn
  • 125 National – Lee Vella
  • Stock Honda – Robert Trimmer
  • Non-Gearbox Light – Mark Vickers
  • Non-Gearbox Heavy – Alan Dodge

 

Race 2 started with 19 drivers, Moit lead the way but this time Cogger, Vella and Dunn were a lot closer. The unfortunate Campbell retired after just 1 lap, joining retirees of Adam Stewart and Mehmet Sinani. The biggest shake up of the day was the DNF of Moit while he was in the lead. Mark Vickers was having a scrap with Alan Dodge and Justin Lewis to lead the midfield brigade. With the demise of Moit, Vella made the most of it, as he navigated past Cogger, Dunn and Robin to claim the lead and was able to retain it until the end. Cogger came home 2nd while Dunn beat Robin to finish 3rd.

Race 2 Class Results:

  • 250 International – N/A
  • 250 National – John Dunn
  • 125 National – Lee Vella
  • Stock Honda – Robert Trimmer
  • Non-Gearbox Light – Mark Vickers
  • Non-Gearbox Heavy – Alan Dodge

 

Race 3, Vella made a great start in the third race and was followed by Cogger, Campbell and Stewart. At the end of the first lap, two groups formed with Vella and Cogger together and Campbell and Steward likewise. As the second group went through turn one, both speared off at high speed. Campbell found himself deep in the outfield and retired making the long walk to the nearest tyre wall, somehow Stewart was able to continue. The drivers did not touch each other in Stewarts own words “I was following really close, when I saw a puff of smoke” Campbell’s wheels locked up “I tried to avoid him but we both went off”.

Up front Cogger and Vella continued to swap positions while Robin and Vickers were the best of the rest. Stewart was in trouble again, as he approached turn 2, he put his hand up to other drivers to signal that his day was done. As the race continued it was evident that the 3rd position Kart of Robing was having some mechanical issues, with his machine sounding rough.

Justin Levis was also having problems, as his body work was touching the ground effecting his steering input in certain corners. Cogger prevailed from Vella taking the race win, Robin soldiered on with his ill machine to come home 3rd.

Race 3 Class Results:

  • 250 International – Tony Moit
  • 250 National – N/A
  • 125 National – Aaron Cogger
  • Stock Honda – N/A
  • Non-Gearbox Light – Mark Vickers
  • Non-Gearbox Heavy – Alan Dodge

 

The final race of the day commenced late Sunday afternoon, and light was diminishing fast as daylight saving had just finished. Moit made the best start from Vella and Cogger. As the field came around for the second lap, Sinani’s kart retired on the approach of turn 2. Moit had a commanding lead from the dicing pair of Vella and Cogger. The second and third positioned drivers put on a great dice, continuously swapping positions. This pair easily put on the best show of any other drivers, including the different categories that raced during the weekend.

Robert Trimmer’s kart was sounding ill, as he tried to hang onto 5th position. Levis and Warren McGrouther put on a great show, and Wayne Thompson soldiered till the finish. At the end Moit won comfortably from Cogger in 2nd and Vella in 3rd.

Race 4 Class Results:

  • 250 International – Tony Moit
  • 250 National – N/A
  • 125 National – Aaron Cogger
  • Stock Honda – Robert Trimmer
  • Non-Gearbox Light – Jock Dos Santos
  • Non-Gearbox Heavy – Alan Dodge