Riverina Cup Round 1 – Report

Saturday August 6, 2016 saw 27 competitors attend Round 1 of the 2016 Griffith Kart Club Riverina Cup. The round consisted of 3 x 10 lap heats, followed by 1 x 12 lap pre-final and the 15 lap final. Thanks go out to all competitors with a special thanks to those who travelled. As always thanks go to our officials that helped make the day a success, without them race meetings would not be possible. We had many spectators come and take a look at some exciting racing and the organisers did a great job of putting the classes together so all competitors were racing on-track with other karts. The final was run under lights with some exciting racing to decide the winners. It proved to be a great day with the weather giving us a chance to race.

The classes that were raced is as follows; Cadet 9, Cadet 12, KA4 Junior Light, KA4 Junior Heavy, KA3 Senior Light, KA3 Senior Heavy, TAG-R Light, TAG-R Heavy, TAG Light and TAG Heavy. With some classes being light-on with the number of entries the organisers combines some classes on-track so all competitors were able to race with a good number of karts. It was great to see everyone having a great time and the Griffith Kart Club was happy to see William Garner make a return to racing after a 3 month absence.

Some highlights of the racing included in Cadet 12 Noah Sands showing how to race with a master class of driving skills on show. His efforts in the Nationals being reflected in fast times and a dominating performance on the day. It was great to see both William Garner and Ky Young on the track with both posting personal best times!

In the KA3 Senior Light is was a case of track position being dominant as Jarrod Whitty managed to hold off Steward Weigand for the win. From the teams perspective it looked as though Stewart was the faster kart, but Jarrod was able to soak up pressure and kept his kart in front in all but the pre-final. There was some great racing with Jason Severino overcoming some early mechanical issues to consolidate 3rd place.

KA3 Senior Heavy saw Jarrod Prendergast take out the win from Jason Bailey and Blake Snaidero. Jarrod was on his game this weekend with the only blemish being in the final. Jarrod lost his nose cone courtesy of contact with a ripple strip while dicing with 3rd place getter Blake Snaidero. This led to his only DNF but he still took out the win due to his consistent heat results.

TAG 125 R Light was a tight race day with both Jarrad Wilson and James O’Callaghan on equal points leading into the final. Jarrad and James were evenly matched with Jarrad taking out Heat 1 & 3 and James winning Heat 2 and the pre-final. The final was under lights and the pair dueled fiercely with the lead swapping 4 times in the opening few laps.James finally consolidated a pass and went on to win. Dean De Marco was running in 3rd place and had his best meeting yet. He had his kart set up and was posting very fast personal best times. The leaders should look out during the next meeting as he will be off his P Plates and ready to race from the front.

TAG 125 R Heavy had a great field of 6 competitors with the very fast Casey Fenton taking out the win. Casey showed how to drive a kart fast, even on two meeting old tyres and proved to be a class ahead of the rest. John Macey and Tony Monahan had some close racing with Guy Little dueling with them and proving for enjoyable and close racing. All competitors were thrilled with the racing and had a great time during the race meet.

Round 2 of the Riverina Cup will be held on Saturday September 17, 2016. The Griffith Kart Club looks forward to seeing you all there!

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