2013 SuperKart Series, Round 2,
Manfeild, 2 June 2013


By all accounts those that attended the 2nd round of the SuperKart Drivers Club, held 2nd June, Manfeild race circuit, all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The rain held off and the temperature was not too hot, ideal for racing. If you are a sprint racer come and try something different that requires minimal extra set costs. Don't believe the hype that goes around about the size required of your dangly appendages, or the lack of grey matter in the upper department. Instead come see for yourself something that will blow your socks off with shear delight.

Over the weekend there were two stand out performers and one hard luck story, that went in three's, as bad luck always does.

International class driver, Tony Bowden, Hurricane Concept Karts, builder and engineer, showed a clean set of heels winning 2 races and sitting out the last race to help a fellow competitor. His new kart handled like a dream, putting the power down early and producing consistent lap times. Tony will build you a mint as chassis, just put your order in. While Tony Gestro tried very hard in the second race to pass Tony B, the handling just wasn't up to speed and in the last lap he over cooked it, spinning on turn 1, dashing all hope of victory. Robin Wooldridge and Tony Gestro finish the day on equal points of 89, followed by Steve Crossland and Dion Hubers both also on equal points of 82.

Nick Issac, National class competitor, also won 2 of his races,  only failing to make it a clean sweep due to a tyre failure in the second race.

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During the day however, Nick broke the old 250 national lap record of  1.12.7 with a new time of 1.11.4. Now that's 1.3 seconds faster, at a speed of 189km/hr. Congratulations Nick, that will take some beating. Nick finishes the day with 90 points followed closely by Darryl Currie on 88. Reliable Richard Simmonds just 1 point behind on 87.

Teddy and Jonny Bassick, Rotax Light,  started their weekend on a downer by falling of the icy desert road on the way to the track. The old ute looks a bit battle scared but was still drivable so that was something. Saturday practice and along comes the second drama. The Rotax Max 125 motor seizes, so it is a case of diving into the deep dark recesses of the trailer for a spare to bolt on. It turns out that the spare had some pace, winning 2 out of 3 races on the Sunday. Which leads me to the third bad luck drama. In the last race the right rear wheel hub fails and the wheel bounces off, searching for freedom on the other side of the track. Jonny is very lucky to hold the kart straight and pulls over at the end of the start straight none the worst for wear.  

Most consistent driver in Rotax light was Dereck Lawrence, two 3rds and a 2nd put him on even points with Jonny B. Biggest mover, in a forward direction, of the second race was old timer Ron Alexander. We can't put him out to pasture just yet there still seems to be some life left in the old boy, making up 4 places to finish 4th in class. Clayton Mertz sorted his buggy for the last race, cleaning up, after starting from last place in class.

Henri Ham, always consistent, with two 2nds and a win, finished the day well up on 91 points. Only 1 point separated 2nd and 3rd places of Ricky Lang and Peter Cottam on 85 and 84 points. A big welcome to new comer Dave Wilson who while not setting the world on fire, completed all his races and finished the day smiling from ear to ear.

Also a big welcome to our new Club Secretary, Campbell Hicks. Campbell had a few dramas on the Saturday practice but had the Rotax 256 all sorted for Sunday racing. Campbell had such a good time he absolutely jumped at the prospect of being club secretary, and for that we are all very thankful.

Next round of the SuperKart Drivers Club Points Series is at Hampton Downs on August the 11th. Do not miss this opportunity to drive an awesome circuit and have a truck load of enjoyment. "Road Racing is Real Racing" See you all there.

Report supplied by Andrew Hall, The Mobile Mower Doctor Ltd, proud importer and distributor of MOJACK, rider mower lifts.

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