James Sera Supreme in Newcastle

The crowd watching on in Newcastle
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

James Sera has added another two State Championships to his impressive career haul today at the fourth round of the Australian Kart Championships presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE in Newcastle through taking out both the X30 and KA1 categories.

James Sera enjoying his double victory in Newcastle (Pic: Coopers Photography)

James Sera enjoying his double victory in Newcastle (Pic: Coopers Photography)

The veteran Victorian was peerless throughout the course of the day as he charged to victory in the first final of the afternoon in X30. He dominated the race, taking victory by 5.2 seconds over last round winner Daniel Rochford.

Rochford fought hard to get into second position getting past Queenslander Ben Stewart, who recorded his second podium in as many rounds.

Later in the day, Sera – driving an FA Kart for James Sera’s Karting Centre was able to take victory in the KA1 final. That race wasn’t as clear cut for Sera with his chief Championship rival Justin Francis and newcomer to the category, Dean O’Brien. O’Brien and Francis traded positions whilst keeping pace with Sera, however Sera kept the measure of his two younger rivals to take the win and extend his Championship lead.

Dubbo’s O’Brien came home second while Francis crossed the line third.

Team CRG’s Kyle Ensbey took a grinding win in the KZ2 Final. With Championship leader Jake Klarich (TB Kart) striking trouble in the heats on Saturday and Jason Pringle’s run thwarted with an engine issue in Sunday morning’s third heat, Ensbey was granted pole for the final and he did his most to convert that to a win.

Ensbey was pushed all the way by Troy Loeskow in his Ricciardo Kart and a resurgent Kel Treseder. The three ran nose to tail for eight laps late in the race before Treseder decided to make the move on Loeskow. With three laps to go, it had the effect of allowing Ensbey to extend his lead.

Loeskow came home in second position – his best ever KZ2 finish and for Treseder – who had Volvo V8 Supercar star, Scott McLaughlin performing crew chief duties – third was as good as a win considering the difficult year he’s experienced.

Klarich came home in fifth position in great Championship drive – finishing just in front of Chris Hays (Energy) and Pringle struck trouble yet again, this time a big end bearing brought an end to his run while third.

Zane Morse’s charge in the KF3 Championship took a turn for the better. The Charmans Earthmoving Tony Kart racer took a narrow victory in the final over Thomas Hughes. Hughes – who recorded his third podium in successive events – was superb in defeat – pushing Morse right to the end of the 25 lap final.

Kyle Ensbey leading the way in the KZ2 final  (Pic: Coopers Photography)

Kyle Ensbey leading the way in the KZ2 final
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

Young New South Wales star, Cody Brewczynski recorded his maiden podium. He was in the top four for much of the weekend and drove brilliantly to take third place.

Championship leader, Reece Sidebottom exited proceedings early when suffering an exhaust issue. It was a bitter blow on a weekend where he was looking the goods to take his second round win of 2015. Morse’s brother, Alec, retired with a bizarre incident when his axle snapped on the right hand side.

Brad Jenner has made his intentions clear heading to the final round of the KA TaG Championship after taking a comfortable victory. He took his BirelART Australia chassis to the top step of the podium ahead of Mitchell Hewitt. Another welcome podium came the way of Troy Morrissey. The Pacific Kartsport Arrow driver had pace all weekend and was awarded with a top three finish.

Championship leader, Adam Lindstrom finished sixth with Brendan Nelson – also in with a Title shot – just two places ahead of him after not finishing the third heat due to an engine mount breaking while leading the race.

The KA Junior final came to a dramatic conclusion when a red flag was thrown on the final lap following an incident involving Ricciardo Kart racer, Harrison Hoey. The battle for the win was rife between Jack Winter and Benito Montalbano at that stage of the race – the pair was battling with mere corners to go when the red flag came out.

Zane Morse crossing the line for victory in KF3 (Pic: Coopers Photography)

Zane Morse crossing the line for victory in KF3
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

Officials declared the race and took it back to the previously recorded lap handing victory to Winter over Montalbano and Tyler Everingham.  Jack Doohan will enter the final round with an almost insurmountable lead in the standings despite finishing 13th in the final.

Championship leader Jay Hanson maintained his position at the top of the standings after performing a calculating drive in KA 12. The massive field of young racers put on a wonderful display of driving throughout the weekend. William Seal was able to record a second placed finish after working hard throughout the weekend. Completing the podium was Cooper Webster who was up to his elbows in a final battle that, at times, had up to seven karts swapping positions.

The Australian Kart Championship presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE now heads to Geelong Kart Club in Victoria for the season conclusion over the weekend of October 30-November 1.

All the information needed ahead of the final round can be found at www.karting.net.au.

2015 AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 4 – Newcastle, NSW

Brad Jenner stood on top of the KA TaG Podium (Pic: Coopers Photography)

Brad Jenner stood on top of the KA TaG Podium
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

RESULTS: Top Five

KA 12
1. Jay Hanson
2. William Seal
3. Cooper Webster
4. Kai Allen
5. Conner Davison

KA Junior
1. Jack Winter
2. Benito Montalbano
3. Tyler Everinghm
4. Zac Chrichton
5. Jordan Caruso

KA 1
1. James Sera
2. Dean O’Brien
3. Justin Francis
4. Toby Pope
5. Matthew McLean

KA TaG
1. Brad Jenner
2. Mitchell Hewitt
3. Troy Morrissey
4. Brendon Nelson
5. Damon Schofield

Jay Hanson was victorious in KA12 (Pic: Coopers Photography)

Jay Hanson was victorious in KA12
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

X30
1. James Sera
2. Daniel Rochford
3. Ben Stewart
4. Shay Mayes
5. Brad Jenner

KF3
1. Zane Morse
2. Thomas Hughes
3. Cody Brewczynski
4. Joshua Rogers
5. Ryan Suhle

KZ2
1. Kyle Ensbey
2. Troy Loeskow
3. Kel Treseder
4. Jaie Robson
5. Jake Klarich

For the full results, please click here.

Championship Standings
After 4 of 5 rounds
(adjusted points with lowest point scoring round removed)

KA Junior winner Jack Winter (Pic: Coopers Photography)

KA Junior winner Jack Winter
(Pic: Coopers Photography)

KA12
1 Jay HANSON 151
2 Cooper WEBSTER 128
3 Kai ALLEN 78
4 Emerson HARVEY 76
5 Blake PURDIE 73

KA Junior
1 Jack DOOHAN 155
2 Jordan CARUSO 101
3 Angelo MOUZOURIS 82
4 Cory ARNETT 82
5 Benito MONTALBANO 69

KA1
1 James SERA 170
2 Justin FRANCIS 136
3 Toby POPE 130
4 Matthew MCLEAN 104
5 Leigh NICOLAOU 86

KA TaG
1 Bradley JENNER 144
2 Adam LINDSTROM 143
3 Brendan NELSON 109
4 Troy MORRISSEY 101
5 Rick PRINGLE 74

X30
1 Bradley JENNER 154
2 Daniel ROCHFORD 122
3 James SERA 121
4 Ben STEWART 100
5 Brendan NELSON 99

KF3
1 Zane MORSE 143
2 Reece SIDEBOTTOM 134
3 Oscar PIASTRI 113
4 Thomas HUGHES 113
5 Joshua DENTON 98

KF2
1 Scott SORENSEN 164
2 Liam MCLELLAN 148
3 Zac SOUTAR 99
4 Joshua TYNAN 79
5 Harrison KNIGHT 72

KZ2
1 Jake KLARICH 125
2 Kyle ENSBEY 119
3 Jason PRINGLE 113
4 Christopher HAYS 101
5 Jaie ROBSON 95

For the full championship standings please click here.

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