Energy Crowned Karting Australia Manufacturers Champions
Energy Corse has secured the Karting Australia Manufacturers Championship for 2014.
After five rounds of competition in the CIK Stars of Karting Championship, where the top two drivers for each of the registered manufacturers were awarded points, it was the Adam Graham-led team who took the honours.
The Energy team headed CRG by 20 points at the completion of the Championship in Melbourne on Sunday with the Scuderia PCR outfit third.
“This Championship is a great reward for the hard work by everyone in the ‘blue’ team,” said Graham in accepting the trophy at the Awards Dinner on Sunday night.
In an evening that saw the Champions in each of the three CIK classes officially crowned, along with the winners in the Rookies and TAG 125 Series’, David Sera was voted as the MG Tyres Driver’s Driver of the Year.
Sera topped the votes with 24, three clear of Vemme Kart racer Jordie Ford.
“It is an honour to be voted as the Driver’s Driver by my peers,” said Sera.
“It’s one thing to be successful on the track, but to be viewed upon by my fellow drivers like this is a humble feeling.”
During the evening, it was announced that the three Champions – Joey Hanssen (KZ2), Troy Loeskow (KF2) and Jayden Ojeda (KF3) – will form Team Australia at the CIK-FIA Winter Cup in Italy next February. They will be competing aboard the kart that bears the name of Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo.
Ojeda not only took home the Championship trophy, and accompanying Jon Targett Perpetual Trophy, but he was also crowned the Qualifying and Heat Race Champion along with the Rookie of the Year.
Ojeda paid credit to IKD Race Department Team Manager Tim Craig, who’s drivers have now won eight CIK junior titles.
Sera and Hanssen were awarded the KZ2 Qualifying and Heat race honours respectively, while Troy Loeskow and Nathan Tigani shared the honours in KF2.
The Newcastle Kart Racing Club received the Event of the Year Award.
Shamick Racing’s Craig Arnett was voted by his peers as Mechanic of the Year while the Patrizicorse outfit claimed the Best Presented Team for the second consecutive year.
2014 CIK Stars of Karting Championship – 2014 Awards
Karting Australia Manufacturers Championship – Energy Corse
MG Tyres Driver’s Driver of the Year – David Sera
Best Presented Team – Patrizicorse
Rookie of the Year – Jayden Ojeda
Mechanic of the Year – Craig Arnett (Shamick Racing)
Event of the Year – Newcastle Kart Racing Club
Winner – Joey Hanssen
Runner-up – David Sera
Third Place – Kyle Ensbey
Winner – Troy Loeskow
Runner-up – Nathan Tigani
Third Place – Jarryd Ebzery
Winner – Jayden Ojeda
Runner-up – Chris Sandrone
Third Place – Zane Morse
Dunlop Kartsport Rookies
Winner – Jack Doohan
Runner-up – Josh Smith
Third Place – Jordyn Sinni
Dunlop Kartsport TAG 125 Heavy
Winner – Brendan Nelson
Runner-up – Clem O’Mara
Third Place – Paul Rodgers
Dunlop Kartsport TAG 125 Light
Winner – Daniel Rochford
Runner-up – Kris Walton
Third Place – Adam Mercer