Aussie News: Champions Crowned at Victorian Karting Championships
Competitors travelled from far and wide to battle in the Jurgens Caravans Victorian Sprint Kart Championships hosted by the Oakleigh Go Kart Club across the weekend.
In the end, it was a driver who lives less than ten-minutes drive from the Clayton circuit and a driver who lives 24-hours from the circuit who were the big winners.
For almost 25 years Clayton’s James Sera has been a regular competitor at the Deals Road venue and this weekend was his time to shine.
Sera was victorious in both the highly-competitive X30 Light and Clubman Light classes, in both of which he led home a trifecta of drivers from the home state. In X30 Light he took the win ahead of TaylorsLakes driver Leigh Nicolaou and Sera’s younger cousin David while Narre Warren’s Daniel Rochford finished second ahead of Beaumaris’ Ashley Arora in Clubman Light.
“I put in a big effort leading into the event to make it a success, so it is very rewarding to know that this preparation has all paid off,” said Sera, who operates the James Sera Karting Centre in Clayton.
“It was also good to have a lot of my customers gain some good results across the weekend, seeing them achieve the results is almost as pleasing as winning myself.
“David (Sera) definitely kept me honest in the heat races, and I struggled to match his pace in the early laps of X30 Light, but I always seemed to have more speed in the longer races.
“In Clubman Light, Daniel Rochford really gave me a good challenge in the final. I knew someone was there for the entire distance but until the final lap when Daniel tried to make a move for the lead, I didn’t know who it was.”
Between James and David Sera, who racked up the 51st State Championship of his illustrious career with victory in Clubman Heavy today, the pair has now amassed an amazing 78 State Championships between them.
Nelson made the trip from Queensland a successful one with Championship success coming in both the X30 Heavy and Rotax Heavy classes. Geelong driver Aaron Hindle outpaced the former National Champion in qualifying in the X30 class. The pair then shared the wins in the preliminary races before Nelson came out on top in the final.
It was a similar case in the Rotax Heavy class where Bundaberg driver Mason Barbera set the pace in the early running of the weekend before Nelson showed his dominance in the main event.
Not even a recent operation could slow karting icon Remo Luciani down as he once again dominated the Clubman Over 40s class to win his 60th State Championship ahead of Phil Smith.
In the junior ranks Spencer Ackerman (Balwyn, Vic) and Jack Black (North Richmond, NSW) claimed the maiden State Championships of their flourishing careers with wins in the Junior Clubman and Junior Rotax classes.
New South Wales teenager Jayden Ojeda (Claremont Meadows, NSW) continued his impressive start for 2014 with a win in Junior National Light as Boronia teenager Cody Donald was victorious in Junior National Heavy.
Jay Hanson crossed the line first in the Cadets category but he and third-placed runner Thomas Boniface were excluded following the post-race technical inspections handing the win to Mansfield’s Sean Larkin. Rosebud’s Tyler O’Leary won the Rookies Championship, as did Gold Coaster Scott Simpson in Clubman Super Heavy class and Gippsland’s Blaine Densley in the Rotax Light class.
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2014 Victorian Sprint Kart Champions
X30 Heavy – Brendan Nelson (Toowoomba, QLD)
X30 Light – James Sera (Clayton, Vic)
Clubman Over 40’s – Remo Luciani (Horsham, Vic)
Junior National Light – Jayden Ojeda (Claremont Meadows, NSW)
Rotax Light – Blaine Densley (Drouin, Vic)
Rookies – Tyler O’Leary (Rosebud, Vic)
Cadets – Sean Larkin (Mansfield, Vic)
Rotax Heavy – Brendan Nelson (Toowoomba, QLD)
Junior Clubman – Spencer Ackerman (Balwyn, Vic)
Clubman Heavy – David Sera (Narre Warren, Vic)
Junior National Heavy – Cody Donald (Boronia, Vic)
Clubman Super Heavy – Scott Simpson (Gold Coast, QLD)
Clubman Light – James Sera (Clayton, Vic)
Junior Rotax – Jack Black (North Richmond, NSW)