Harrison leads Kart Class charge at Melbourne Titles
Kart Class had a seven driver team across five classes take on the Panduit City of Melbourne Titles over the weekend at the Go Kart Club of Victoria. David Sera was once again on hand to lead the team and was looking for more karting silverware. The stable was led by multiple time state champion Peter Bouzinelos in KA2 Junior and current Northern Territory state champion’s Jay Kostecki in Cadet 9 and Riley Harrison in Cadet 12!
Harrison was part of a triple driver attack in Cadet 12 alongside Beau and Zak Casagrande. Harrison led the charge in qualifying inside the top 10 with Beau and Zak just outside the top twenty in position 24 and 27. Harrison had an unfortunate DNF in heat 1 but didn’t finish outside the top 5 in the remaining 2 heats, with Beau and Zak Casagrande both moving into the top 20 in the heats and looking to move up the field. Harrison raced his heart out in the final and was able to come home with a podium in position 3! Beau Casagrande came home in position 20, moving forward across the weekend. Zak Casagrande had an unfortunate DNF in the final, ending his weekend on a sour note after showing improving pace.
Jay Kostecki did a brilliant job in qualifying to put himself in position 5 and right in the front group. Kostecki raced hard and never left the top 5 across the heats with position 4 in heat 1, position 3 in heat 2 and position 5 in the final heat race. Jay battled in the lead group across the final, coming home just outside the top 5 in position 6 in a brilliant final race!
Georgia Morgan while still learning her craft qualified just outside the top 10 in position 13 in the KA4 Junior Heavy field. Morgan was able to finish all 3 heat races and wad consistently running inside the top 15 drivers still while on her provisional license. Georgia was once again able to complete the final inside the top 15 coming home in position 13 overall!
Peter Bouzinelos had a tough start to his weekend in KA2 Junior not setting a time in qualifying and then having a DNF result in heat 1. Peter regrouped in the second heat and made his way back up into the top 10. Bouzinelos had his unfortunate bad luck return on Sunday morning with another DNF result through no fault of his own. Starting off the rear, Peter worked his way into the top 10 and came home in a fighting position 6 in a great final race!
Jaxon Johnstone was the only senior driver in the Kartclass team and qualified in position 15 overall. Johnstone did a brilliant job moving forward across the heats by moving up 2 positions in heat 1 and 7 positions in heat 2. Johnstone had another top 10 finish in heat 3 and was able to come home with a credible position 10 overall in a national level field!
Team owner and 18-time national champion David Sera spoke post weekend on the team’s results. “A difficult weekend for the team with a few of our drivers racing at Todd Road for the first time. We saw them achieve PB’s each time on track which was encouraging. We’ll look to bounce back at Newcastle where we have multiple drivers in podium contention”. Kartclass will be back on track for the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship in Newcastle.