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The 2023 Australian kart championships kicks off
Kart Class has an expanded team for this season after claiming three AKC wins and 3rd in the teams championship in 2022.
Familiar faces will be back, with Riley Harrison (Cadet 12) and Peter Bouzinelos (X30 / TAG) looking to improve on their 3rd place finishes in the title last year.
Joining Harrison in C12 will be fellow South Australian driver Dominic Mercuri who’s always fast, WA drivers Beau & Zak Casagrande and New Zealand driver Jackson Culver.
Bouzinelos makes the step up from KA2 to Seniors, where he was one of the leading contenders over the previous two seasons. Being only 14, Peter will be one of the youngest drivers & driving double duties in X30 & TAG. He will be joined in X30 by fellow Victorian Jaxon Johnstone (X30/TAG) and WA driver Jake Sawyer who’s been fast on the West Coast for years.
TAG will see Kart Class field a strong 5-kart team, with former Bathurst winner & current Walkinshaw Andretti United driver Nick Percat, pairing up with former Australian Karting Champions Jake Spencer & Daniel Rochford. These three drivers showed their speed & experience at the recent AKC shakedown qualifying all 3 karts within the top 4. Bouzinelos and Johnstone round out our TAG lineup.
The premier junior category (KA2), sees Kart Class field four drivers who all have a shot at the AKC championship & podium in 2023. Emerald place getter Ben Holliday will look to assert himself this season after a top 5 run last year. Brad Majman joins the team after his European OKJ campaign and the two of these shared the front row at the recent AKC shakedown at the Monarto layout. Jack Szewzcuk & New Zealander Izaak Fletcher have both shown immense potential and will be competitive no doubt, all looking to work with each other to taste success.
Three drivers will take to the track in the youngest category (Cadet 9) for Kart Class with QLD driver Carter Grother staying on with the team from last season. Grother won all the heat races at the recent shakedown and a mechanical issue took him out of contention in the final, but a lot of confidence was gained. Joining Grother is two Kiwi drivers in Nixon Cripps & Levi Trotter. Both these drivers have tasted success at major New Zealand events, and will no doubt be giving the Australian drivers a run for their money.
Miley Miller will be our sole KA3 driver, with the Melbournian stepping up from juniors to senior this season. Miller has always been competitive in team colours and we look forward to her first season in the more experienced category.
“This is no doubt this is our biggest representation at the Australian Championships, but also this is the strongest team we’ve fielded. Everyone goes into the season confident, but I see no reason why we can’t be winning races in all our classes.” Said team owner David Sera.
Joining the team as data analyst is former Australian Karting Champion Liam McLellan who has won races in National Karting & Formula Ford events.