MA Championship – Round 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAKEFIELD PARK RACEWAY
2020 Superkart Championship

by Riccardo Benvenuti

A return to motor racing was welcomed by the Superkart fraternity. The last NSW state championship was held on the 1st of March and that seems a lifetime away due to the health scare.

A solid field of 16 drivers qualified in what could be described as cold and foggy conditions. The outfield was still wet from the previous days rain and the edges of the track were quite slippery. Lucus Vitale was fastest in his 250cc Maverick, Mark Robin was second followed by Adam Stewart, Paul Campbell, Lee Vella and Jeff Reed.

As the Superkarts were nearly completing the formation lap, Jeff Reed came out of the pits. By the time the race started, Reed was already a half a lap behind with plenty of work ahead of him. Vitale claimed an early lead and used his 250cc to power away from the rest of the field. Robin, Campbell and Stewart battled it out for 2nd position. After an average start, Laurie Fooks joined the previously mentioned trio to make it a four-way dice.

Stuart Robertson and Alan Dodge had a vigorous dice in mid pack. As this was happening, Reed was working through the field, and by mid race he was just outside the top ten. On lap 5 the order was Vitale 1st, then a gap to Robin and Stewart. The hard charging Fooks was 4th, followed by Campbell and Vella. Unfortunately for Fooks his Kart retired on the back straight making it the only DNF in the race. In the end Vitale won comfortably from Robin and Stewart.

Class results for race 1 were as follows;

  • Lucus Vitale 1st in 250cc International (1st Outright)
  • No Finishers in 250 National
  • Mark Robin 1st in 125cc Gearbox (2nd Outright)
  • Joc Dos Santos 1stin 125cc Rotax Light (7th Outright)
  • Graeme Taplin 1st in 125cc Rotax Heavy (10th Outright)
  • Mick Doherty 1st in 125cc Stock Honda (6th Outright)

All drivers started cleanly in race 2, as expected Vitale powered away from Reed and Tony Moit. The rest of the field jostled for position trying to find their own personal piece of road. Unfortunately, Moit’s race would not last long with a DNF just after one lap. Campbell and Taplin raced side by side for the most of lap, close battles were forming up and down the field.

Dylan Stephenson, Taplin, Vickers and Robertson raced nose to tail, putting on a great display of close racing. It was noticeable that Fook’s Kart was slowing down, he dropped from 5th position down to 15th in the second part of the race. He circulated till the end scoring some valuable points. Another driver hit mis fortune, Reed’s Kart started sounding rough and he too ensued to circulate slower. Reed eventually finished 14th outright

Vitale continued his winning ways finishing ahead of his nearest rival by more than 30 seconds. Robin drove a smart race to edge out Vella for 2nd. Campbell arrived home in 4th just ahead of Stewart.

Class results for race 2 were as follows;

  • Lucus Vitale 1st in 250cc International (1st Outright)
  • No Finishers in 250 National
  • Mark Robin 1st in 125cc Gearbox (2nd Outright)
  • Joc Dos Santos 1stin 125cc Rotax Light (7th Outright)
  • Graeme Taplin 1st in 125cc Rotax Heavy (10th Outright)
  • Mick Doherty 1st in 125cc Stock Honda (6th Outright)

Moit was a non-starter in race 3, bringing the field down to just 14 drivers. The field got away cleanly, however just at the exit of turn 2 Stewart spun his Kart. It looked like a cold tyre spin, but unfortunately that was the end of his race. He wasn’t the only one to run into trouble, Doherty’s kart expired at the top of the hill, the forlorn figure stepped out of his motionless kart and walked away. Up front it was business as usual for Vitale, but the race for the minor placing was a 3-way dice between Robin, Vella and Fooks.

A great mid-field battle also formed between McGrouther, Dodge, Taplin and Robertson. During lap 6, Vella put his hand to warn other drivers behind he was about to retire while on the back straight. At the end Vitale won again from Robin and Fooks. Dos Santos finished a strong 4th outright from Stephens and Vickers.

Class results for race 3 were as follows;

  • Lucus Vitale 1st in 250cc International (1st Outright)
  • No Finishers in 250 National
  • Mark Robin 1st in 125cc Gearbox (2nd Outright)
  • Joc Dos Santos 1stin 125cc Rotax Light (4th Outright)
  • Aland Dodge 1st in 125cc Rotax Heavy (8th Outright)
  • Dylan Stephens 1st in 125cc Stock Honda (5th Outright)

Race 4 was run in very dark conditions with storm cloud looming. Vitale made another great start with Robin and Campbell on his heels. Dos Santos spun his kart, this caused Stewart to take evasive action resulting in an off, and the race going into caution. The safety car came out for one lap, and at the restart Vella was putting some pressure on Campbell for 3rd position.

In the mid pack Dodge was swapping positions with Stephens and Robertson. Doherty ‘s luck ran out again with another DNF. Fooks was not much better, making his way to 3rd position only to eventually retire. At the end Vitale came home 1st, Robin was 2nd and Campbell 3rd. Vella drove well for a strong 4th followed by Vickers and McGrouther. Taplin finished 7th, Dodge was 8th, Stephens was 9th and Robertson rounded off the finished in 10th.

Class results for race 4 were as follows;

  • Lucus Vitale 1st in 250cc International (1st Outright)
  • No Finishers in 250 National
  • Mark Robin 1st in 125cc Gearbox (2nd Outright)
  • Mark Vickers 1stin 125cc Rotax Light (5th Outright)
  • Graeme Taplin 1st in 125cc Rotax Heavy (7th Outright)
  • Warren McGrouther 1st in 125cc Stock Honda (6th Outright)