Just over 150 drivers competed at the penultimate Round 5 of the 2017 Golden Power Series held at the Sun Centre Kart Way, Swan Hill Kart Club at the weekend with competitors also using the meeting as good practice towards the biggest end of year race in the Victoria the 2017 “Black Plate” Victorian State Cup meeting which will be held at the club from the 1st to the 3rd of December.
2 days of competition was held in sunny conditions at the fast flowing Swan Hill circuit which features a driver favourite, the unique fast banked corner nicknamed the “Thunderdome”, with qualifying followed by 4 heats of racing and a final that would decide the result from the meeting.
It was great racing across the classes throughout the weekend with the unique layout of the circuit providing a challenge to get the right setup for drivers, with many of the classes unusually having one driver who was able to get everything together for the weekend and take a clean sweep of victories in those respected classes.
The series now has a break over the coming months and fires up again for an exciting final round at the Eastern Lions Kart Club on the 4th and 5th of November. We hope to see everyone there for what will be a huge end of series meeting!
A great field of 19 drivers in the KA4 Junior Light class and it was #96 Bailey Collins that continued his good form this year by setting the fastest time in qualifying but red plate Australasian Title holder #23 Jai Stephenson and #80 Nicholas Sacco were also on the pace throughout the weekend and gave Collins a run for his money. Collins winning heats 2, setting a new class lap record and winning heat 3 but dropping down to finish 8th in the final setting a new lap record trying to get his way back through the field, while it was another win on the board for #23 Jai Stephenson with #80 Nicholas Sacco finishing 2nd and #94 Kobi Williams taking the final step of the podium.
Fastest Qualifier #96 Bailey COLLINS (Gippsland Kart Club) lap time of 37.008
KA4 Junior Light 12 lap Final 1 23 Jai STEPHENSON GKCV 2 80 Nicholas SACCO E/LIONS 3 94 Kobi WILLIAMS OAK 4 44 Jack PENNACCHIA GKCV 5 61 Reef MCCARTHY GKCV 6 92 Adam CAMPBELL ROCH 7 50 Thomas DIXON GKCV 8 96 Bailey COLLINS GIPP 9 67 Cooper JOHNSTONE GKCV 10 10 Nerinda BEARD WARRN 11 95 Joshua D’AMBROSIO OAK 12 8 Bradley JAMES OAK 13 46 Coby DUNLOP BEN 14 24 Scott MCEACHRAN GEEL 15 25 Andrew BUCK ROCH 16 66 Joshua MAZUREK OAK DNF 88 Liam HAWLEY SWAH DNF 48 Jake CUSCHIERI E/LIONS DNF 12 Riley JABKE OAK, GIPP
Fastest lap of the race set by #96 Bailey COLLINS (Gippsland Kart Club) lap time of 36.534
All time lap record New lap record recorded from this meeting Bailey Collins 36.534 (20/8/17)
Previously record Nicholas Trebilcock 36.701 (29/5/16)
In the TaG 125 Masters class #20 Mark Poole (Rochester Kart Club) took a clean sweep of the class winning the 4 heats and the final after #54 Geoff Wyhoon (Gippsland Kart Club) set the fastest time in qualifying, with #44 Stuart Bruckner finishing 2nd and #18 Vern Kranz taking 3rd.
Fastest Qualifier #54 Geoff Wyhoon (Gippsland Kart Club) with a lap time of 35.712
TaG 125 Masters Final 1 20 Mark POOLE ROCH 2 44 Stuart BRUCKNER E/LIONS 3 18 Vern KRANZ OAK 4 54 Geoff WYHOON GIPP 5 19 Stephen MARSHALL OAK
Fastest lap of the race set by #18 Vern Kranz (Oakleigh Go-Kart Racing Club) with a lap time of 36.369
The 7 driver TaG 125 Restricted Masters class was swept by local Swan Hill driver #12 Anthony Fedele who was the fastest qualifier, won all 4 heats and the final including the fastest lap, with #51 Phillip Stradbrook finishing 2nd and #16 Leigh Richardson taking 3rd.
Fastest Qualifier #12 Anthony Fedele (Swan Hill Kart Club) with a lap time of 37.222
TaG 125 Restricted Masters Final 1 12 Anthony FEDELE SWAH 2 51 Phillip STRADBROOK BEN 3 16 Leigh RICHARDSON BEN, E/LIONS 4 58 Joseph DORIGO SWAH 5 53 Neil CHALMER BEN DNF 47P Ben MORRISON GEEL DNS 48 Neil DARLING BEN
Fastest lap of the race set by #12 Anthony Fedele (Swan Hill Kart Club) with a lap time of 36.985
All time lap record Benjamin Dealy 36.818 (03/7/2016)
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