Mallala summary

The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) travelled to the majestic country side of Mallala Raceway just over an hour north of Adelaide in South Australia for Round Two of the new National series. In what could be described as perfect conditions...

The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) travelled to the majestic country side of Mallala Raceway just over an hour north of Adelaide in South Australia for Round Two of the new National series. In what could be described as perfect conditions for racing; six categories battled the challenging Mallala circuit for race and round honours and here is the official wrap up of proceedings:

In Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3, Michael Caruso won the round to jump to fourth in the Championship, while Michael Trimble placed second in Race 1 and third in Race 2 to take Aaron Caratti's place in equal first on the Championship table. Chris Alajajian made maximum advantage of his qualifying pace, taking pole for both races - earning an extra point each time, to put him in the other top spot on the table.

The Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge saw the Fords dominate, with the Blue Oval filling the top 3 positions. GWTCC debutante, Chris Smerdon took his ex-SBR AU Falcon V8 Supercar to the top, despite receiving a 30 second stop-go penalty in the final race for a jump start. Peter Vicary took out second place in his Gulf Western Oil EL Falcon V8 Supercar, and Andrew Gillespie won the final race, putting him in third position for the day.

Bruce Heinrich won all three races in the RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes Saloon Car Series to win the round. He was followed home by Steve Kwiatkowski and Matthew Lovell.

Derek Hocking was hard to beat in the Shannon's Australian Production Car Championship, winning race 2 and 3, and winning the round. Darren Tyler was equally dominant in the Australian Superkart Championship.

AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIPS:

The first round of the Australian Superkart Championships 2005 was run for the 125cc Rotax Max Class on April 16/17 at Mallala Motorsport Park in South Australia. Superkarting put its best foot forward with some fantastic close racing. Pole position was taken by Victorian Darren Tyler with a 1:20'421 with local favourites Yiani Harpas second and Matt Bryant third. The track was slow due to high winds and a lack of grip. Almost the entire field was covered by less than three second after qualifying.

The format is of 4 races with all races counting for points - additional points are on offer in the final. The round winner is the driver with the most points from all the races. The winner of the series will receive a race drive in a fully prepared Stockman 125cc Gearbox Superkart.

Race 1 confirmed Darren Tyler as the favourite as he took the win by a margin of a tenth of a second from fellow Victorian Daniel Bey with Matt Bryant another tenth of a second behind in third. This race demonstrated what the racing was to be like all weekend - unbelievably close and exciting. The conditions were still windy and the track was a little low on grip.

It was another close affair for Race 2 with Darren Tyler winning again by only two tenths of a second from fellow Victorian Paul Stebbing with Matt Bryant a consistent third. Daniel Bey was fourth this time. In a controversial race three Darren Tyler had a clear gap ahead of Colin Moore with Nathan Bey in third.

On to the all important final and Darren Tyler won again by the smallest of margins. Matt Bryant came second by only 0.32 seconds and Yiani Harpas came third after an incident trying to fit four karts into a corner which holds one on the second to last lap. The big looser was David Prest who found himself in the gravel.

So, overall Darren Tyler takes the round win and a clear championship lead over Matt Bryant with Daniel Bey in third. Darren stated at the presentation 'I just tried to keep in the lead and keep my nose clear of the other guys'. An interesting point to Darren's win is that he ran sprint kart bodywork (no aerodynamic nose cone). Racing will be televised on SBS Speedweek on May 1 thanks to the SA and VIC Superkart Youth Championships and G-Force Mygale Formula Ford. The second and final round of the series will be run on August 20 /21 at Phillip Island.

-www.amrs.net.au

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Drivers Andrew Gillespie , Michael Caruso , Chris Alajajian , Aaron Caratti , Phillip Island