Australian Kart Championship 2023 - Round 2
Sawyer wins X30 as Kart Class maintain the Teams Championship lead
The Kart Class team fielded 16 drivers at the second round of the Australian Kart Championship in Wanneroo, securing a round win, two podiums and maintaining their lead in the teams championship.
Jake Sawyer has put on a masterclass drive to take the win in the premier senior category X30. A huge result backing up his qualifying speed, and having to overcome a first heat incident. It was a battle of tyre conservation, setup and smart racing that has seen the local WA driver win his biggest event to date. Peter Bouzinelos scored a couple of top 5 places after qualifying down the order. A first lap incident hampered him chances of another solid result. Luke Sawyer had his first AKC race in X30 and was amongst the top 15 all weekend.
Nick Percat has backed up his podium at round 1 with a second place in TAG125. Percat was flying across the 20 lap final setting the fastest lap of the race. Championship leader Jake Spencer claimed 7th & Jaxon Johnstone in 10th. An unfortunate opening corner incident took out Peter Bouzinelos who won two races yesterday and was showing speed to contend for the win.
Carter Grother took home his second consecutive 3rd place finish to keep his championship hopes alive, having carved his way forward from 10th on the grid. A heartbreaking end for teammate Harlen Bell who led the majority of the final having his first race with the team, but a late race spin put him out of contention. Nonetheless an impressive debut for Harlen who is a kid on a mission.
Our Cadet 12 team was led home by Riley Harrison in 6th who keeps ticking along his championship points, Dom Mercuri had a good race to be around the top 10. The kiwi kids of Grayson Stowe, Jackson Culver & our USA mate John John McLellan showed great speed and improvements over the weekend. Our local WA boys, Beau & Zak Casagrande will be back where they belong in Newcastle.
KA2 just wasn’t meant to be. Having won the opening race on Sunday morning with Ben Holliday, none of our drivers finished the final which was a disappointing end having shown speed with all 4 kids. Thankfully Brad Majman was ok after a nasty incident in which the opening race.
The team now have 11 drivers from their 16 inside the top 10 in the championship.
The team will look to bounce back in a month and set our sights on Newcastle for Round 3 of the championship.