AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP Round 2 of the 2005 Australian Superkart Gearbox Championships at Eastern Creek saw 38 Gearbox Superkarts from across Australia compete in the final round of the series. K1 Racing's Carlo Chermaz (Qld) ...
AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 2 of the 2005 Australian Superkart Gearbox Championships at Eastern Creek saw 38 Gearbox Superkarts from across Australia compete in the final round of the series. K1 Racing's Carlo Chermaz (Qld) claimed overall victory in the 250cc International Class with consistent performances, netting 68 points. New Age Hydro's Robert Oakley (SA) on 67 points bettered a hard charging Mac's Marine/TW Signs/Soundy's Retravision driver Warren Mcilveen (NSW) with 60 points, with both in contention for overall honours but for an 8th Place for Robert and an unusual DNF in Saturday's Heat 1 for Warren.
Starting at rear of the grid on Sunday morning, Warren fought his way through the dense field to finish 3rd, with 1st's for the remaining races. Warren also set an outstanding Lap Record time for the class during Saturday's Heat 1 with a 1:30.2940, bettering his previous lap record set last year of 1:30.3443. Lombo Concrete's Adrian Lombardo (NSW) suffered a sticking throttle on the approach to Turn 2 in Saturday's Race 1, with Adrian skilfully manoeuvring his kart for minimal damage in what could have been a very serious incident indeed.
In the 250cc National class the winner from the Phillip Island round, the Marron Excavations/Wizzer Engines/Loctite entrant Jason McIntyre (Vic) took a clean sweep with 85 points, followed by Goldfinger's seasoned campaigner Graeme Williams (Vic) on 73 points and OMD Mechanical's Bill Wilson (NSW) on 55 points. Bill, who pulls on the leathers only occasionally these days, put in a consistent effort throughout the weekend and was more than pleasantly surprised by his podium finish.
Hard charger Rick Setterfield (Vic) was given the all-clear by the medical team after a heavy hit with the wall at Turn 2 in Race 2 on Sunday morning. Luckily Rick managed to walk away without serious injury, however his Wizzer Engine's kart was too badly damaged to continue.
The 125cc Class was again dominated by Stockman Superkart's Sam Zavaglia (NSW) who took another clean sweep of the round with 85 points. In 2nd place was Platinum Properties' Mark Rogers (NSW) who gave it everything he could over the weekend but conceded during the presentation that Sam was just too fast on the day. Third place went to Suburban Accounting entrant Kristian Stebbing (Vic), who drove very well in this his rookie year.
The 2005 Australian Superkart Gearbox Championships were decided at this event, with Warren McIlveen declared the new 250cc International Champion, with Robert Oakley in 2nd and Carlo Chermaz in 3rd. Jason McIntyre took the Championship win in the 250cc National Class, with Graeme Williams in 2nd and MJR Bricklaying's Martin Latta (Vic) in 3rd. In the 125cc class Sam Zavaglia retains his Australian Champion status, with Mark Rogers 2nd and City Mobile Brake's Dean McGinty (SA) in 3rd.
The Final Round of the 2005 Australian Superkart Non-Gearbox Championship will be held at Phillip Island on the 19-21 August and will feature the extremely competitive RotaxMax class combined with 100cc Non-Gearbox and 80cc Gearbox. Judging by the events of the Eastern Creek round, the results are by no means a foregone conclusion. It will surely be another outstanding Superkart Championship round with competitors travelling from NSW and SA to join the Victorians on their home turf.