Lights Shine at Rotax Nationals as Lammers Fires on Debut
Two-time World Champion Bas Lammers has shown a clean set of heals in DD2 as qualifying and heat one for the 2014 Sparco Rotax Nationals have provided an array of mixed results as the chase for success continues at the Ipswich International Kart track.
DD2 Masters – Proudly sponsored by Lucky Bling
Following his dominance of the DD2 Masters class throughout the Pro Tour season, Karting World’s Adam Hunter secured pole position with a 48.022, firming his position in the lead of the series rankings. Victorian Hamish Leighton secured his quickest lap on his final circulation in qualifying to start alongside of Hunter. Klinton Hancey, who sat second for much of the session, would qualify third making it a Tony Kart top three with Albury’s Danny Wright taking fourth. Tony Bregonje’s session was ended early following a loose wheel although he secured the fifth quickest time with defending champion, Daniel Richert taking sixth.
An early break for Hunter in the opening heat race saw him jump away to a comfortable lead and eventual race win ahead of fellow front row sitter Hamish Leighton. Klinton Hancey locked away a Tony Kart top three in a mirror of the results from qualifying. Praga’s Danny Wright maintained his position and finished fourth while DD2 Masters debutant John Grother worked his way through to finish fifth, with Daniel Richert taking sixth.
Rotax Heavy – Proudly sponsored by IPKarting
Arrow driver Brendan Nelson showed an early dominance of the Rotax Heavy class taking pole position with a 49.333, just 0.1 seconds ahead of fellow Queenslander, Clem O’Mara. Rankings leader Rick Pringle took the third quickest time, with the gap between he and O’Mara at just 0.01 seconds. Sam Houston, Mason Barbera and Kel Treseder would round out the top six.
Brendan Nelson managed to secure an early breakaway in the opening Rotax Heavy heat, eventually going on to take victory over Clem O’Mara. Queensland’s Chris Farkas made a mid-race move to third over Kel Treseder who would finish fourth behind Farkas while Rick Pringle and Mason Barbera completed the top six.
Junior Max Trophy Class – Proudly sponsored by Karting World
On debut in the Junior Max Trophy Class, Queensland’s Harrison Hoey took pole position with a last minute flying lap of a 49.975, finishing just ahead of fellow debutant, South Australian Tyler Morrison. West Australian and rankings leader Brooke Redden would start from the third row alongside Newcastle’s Jordan Pike. Pro Tour season front runner Glen Ormerod managed the fifth quickest time in the session with Gold Coast’s Jye Hopkins starting from sixth for the heat races.
A strong start from the second row for Brooke Redden handed him an early lead in the Junior Trophy Class opening heat. In his first race in the category, Harrison Hoey would finish second behind the heard charging Redden with Glen Ormerod working his way up the order to finish third. Samuel Dicker fought back after starting seventh to finish fourth with Jye Hopkins and Jordan Pike rounding out the top six.
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With a grid of 55 Karts, Rotax Light would be split into two groups for qualifying according to times derived from practice. CRG’s Tyler Greenbury was the quickest of the large field with a 48.374, fractionally ahead of series leader Brad Jenner. Project X Racing’s Dalton Ellery managed the third fastest time in the eight minute session with Nicholas Dalton taking fourth. Rotax Grand Finals contender Ryan Kennedy was fifth with Aussie Racing Car regular James Abela in sixth in his second event in the category.
Tyler Greenbury continued his dominance into the opening heat for group A & D in Rotax Light, driving away to a comfortable one second victory over G-Force Karting’s Ryan Kennedy. Victorian hard charger Liam McLellan worked his way to third y the completion of the shorter ten lap event with Nicholas Dalton taking fourth and James Wilkins fifth while reigning National Champion David Sera finished sixth.
RK Kart driver Brad Jenner made a last lap pass to take the win in group B & C for Rotax Light finishing ahead of James Abela who led for much of the race. Nicholas Andrews finished third just ahead of New Zealand’s Daniel Kinsman with Gladstone’s Cian Fothergill in fifth and Dalton Ellery taking sixth.
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As with Rotax Light, the Junior Max class would be split for both qualifying and the heat races with Canberra’s Zane Morse managing the quickest time of the 57 Kart field. Rankings leader Jayden Ojeda achieved the second fastest time by just 0.06 with Gold Coast’s Zane Goddard third and West Australian Jake Kostecki fourth. Formula K’s Aaron Cameron qualified fifth with Sydney’s Isaac Vaccarella sixth.
In a truly enthralling battle, Aaron Cameron came out on top in heat one for Junior Max in group A & D taking the win by just 0.3 seconds over Jake Kostecki. Polesitter Zane Morse went on take third, marginally over a hard charging Callum Walker in fourth. Birel’s Mitch Maddren worked his way up to fifth, finished ahead of Toowoomba’s William Brown.
After starting from pole, Exprit’s Jayden Ojeda went on to take the win in group B & C for Junior Max, less than two tenths ahead of Tony Kart driver Zane Goddard. The top three including eventual third place sitter Bryce Fullwood could not be split throughout much of the race, while Whitsunday’s young gun Jordan McGregor finished a comfortable fourth and Jack Smith fifth, with Brock Lannoy taking sixth.
DD2 – Proudly sponsored by Pacific Kartsport
On debut in Australia, Dutchman Bas Lammers took the DD2 field by storm, qualifying on pole with a 47.409 ahead of category debutant, Andrew Kahl by just 0.06 seconds. Birel Kartsport Australia pairing Jaxon Evans and James Macken would share the second row taking third and fourth respectively. Kaos Karting’s Joshua Crossingham qualified fifth with Victorian Adam Lindstrom taking sixth.
Lammers continued his impressive form making a strong jump away from the line to take the lead from the outset in the twelve lap race. Birel’s Jaxon Evans remained in second for the early stages of the race, attempting to challenge the lead of the Formula K driver before an incident saw Evans taken out of contention, progressing Joshua Crossingham to second which is where he would remain. Adam Lindstrom worked his way to third ensuring there would be two Formula K’s inside the top three while Joshua Drysdale finished fourth ahead of Michael Fabri and defending champion, Kel Treseder.
Following a post-race penalty, Joshua Crossingham was excluded from the opening heat. Adam Lindstrom will finish second, Joshua Dysdale third, Michael Fabri fourth, and Kel Treseder in fifth.
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