Dubbo Kart Club hosted Round 1 of its 2014 DKC Championship on Sunday 16th February 2014 at Lincoln County Raceway. The event saw 42 entrants battle it out over 3 heats and 2 finals on the full length 1024metre international circuit. 23 local members were joined by competitors from Tamworth, North Shore, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Combined (Lithgow) and even Geelong, Victoria!!
With about 5-10mm of rain falling over the preceding night the track was greasy in the morning for the open practise session with the skies threatening to produce more rain. Just before commencement of the heats the heavens opened again with a constant shower of rain that persisted through-out the day making for some entertaining driving and spins keeping the driver on the edge of their seats, the pit crew busy and the spectators highly entertained. With the rain hitting just prior to racing the pits were a hive of activity with pit crews scrambling to get their karts setup for the slippery conditions; tyres and setups were madly being changed to accommodate the conditions. The rain persisted through the day with it stopping in time for the finals, which resulted in another flurry of changes as racers and pit crews tried to make the best adjustments to suit the changing conditions.
At the end of the days racing the winners were crowned with Makk O’Neill (Dubbo) taking the win in Cadets with Ethan Smith (Dubbo) taking the Rookies class in the same race. Luke Wrigley (Dubbo) claimed victory in Junior National Light and current NSW State Champion Jayden Ojeda (North Shore) continued his good form taking out the JMax class. In the Senior classes Douglas Baker (Dubbo) grabbed the top spot in Senior National Pro, Nick Riley (Dubbo) stood on the top step in Clubman Light in his first race in the class since stepping up from Juniors. Clubman Heavy saw Chris ‘Old Man’ Riley (Dubbo) claim victory with Jason Paix (Newcastle) winning Restricted 125 Light and Phillip Burey (Tamworth) taking out the Heavy class. Reagon Angel (Newcastle) took the spoils in Sportsman 125 Light and Marc Townsend (Canberra) took out the fast paced Open Performance class. A special mention to new comer James O’Donnell from Dubbo who managed to win the first heat in his class on his first time out the gates!!!
Dubbo Kart Club will host Round 3 of the Rotax Pro Tour on March 1st and 2nd which will showcase the top drivers from around the Country battling it out for prizes and series points for entry into the Rotax Nationals later in the year. The racing will be fast, furious and highly entertaining with unofficial practise starting on Friday and racing all day Saturday and Sunday. Canteen facilities, full amenities and spectator areas are available with free entry to spectators for the event.
The next round of the Dubbo racing calendar will see DKC host its annual 3-track challenge on March 16th with competitors racing on all 3 different length tracks at Lincoln County Raceway.
Today saw the running of our final race meet for the year, with 26 DKC members joined by one from Combined and one from Tamworth. Todays race meet was held on our B-Track with handicap finals for a bit of fun to round out the year. The weather really threatened with a storm brewing in the south with torrential rain and lightning but the gods must have been on our side with the storm going right around the track with only a few drops during the lunch break which kept the temps trackside quite pleasant. Congrats to todays victors:- Makk O'Neill ( Cadets )- Blake Fardell ( Rookies )- Luke Wrigley ( JNL )- Clayton Small ( JNH )- Michael Riley ( CL )- Matthew Wray ( CH )- Jack Koenig ( Res L )- Mathew Whale ( Rest H )In addition to the winners, lap records for our B-track were broken in almost all classes, with new records being set by Luke Wrigley, Clayton Small, Michael Riley, Matthew Wray, Jack Koenig and Mathew Whale; some of the records were beaten by 0.8seconds!! What did everyone think of todays race meet? We hope everyone enjoyed running something a little different.
Full results can be found here (ps check out the lap chart of the finals): https://app.austkarting.com.au/aka/results/view/NSW/Dubb/2013-11-16/
This weekend saw the running of our annual 2-day major meeting, the 2013 Australasian Karting Gold Cup. Although a disappointing turn out, which could be attributed to the hectic Country Karting calendar we have at the moment, there was some great racing in all classes with some big moves and some great passes. 24 racers from Dubbo were joined by 13 from Orange, 3 from Combined Districts, 2 from Gunnedah and Grenfell, and one each from Canberra, North Shore, Sydney, Tamworth and one all the way from Victoria. There were 5 events run over the weekend with 9 classes in total.
Due to the low numbers, the racers that made the trek were rewarded with even more racing than what was planned, with officials deciding to run the meeting across three 10 laps heats instead of the scheduled two heats, which were run on Saturday. Sunday saw the running of the 12 lap pre-final and a 15 lap final. The meeting was final only counts, however race positions were important with the Gold Cup winners being decided on a points basis across all races from the weekend.
The Cadets and Rookies were run together, seeing 13 karts hitting the track. The cadets were sponsored by Dubbo soils & Landscaping Supplies, and saw a great 3 way battle for the top spot, the final was won by 0.4 seconds with Makk O'Neill (Dubbo) taking the spoils ahead of Theodore Livanes (Canberra) and Ethan Smith (Dubbo). In the Outback Recovery Services Rookies Class Blake Fardell (Dubbo) streaked away from the field to claim first place ahead of Darcy Inwood (Orange) and Connor Lavelle (Orange).
Country Leisure Motor Inn sponsored the Junior National Light class, but the racing was far from leisurely with some great racing across the weekend with most races seeing the lead change numerous times between the top 3. The class was a great battle between the Dubbo locals with the podium being filled with club members. Nicholas Riley edged out Luke Wrigley for the top spot, with Tyler Everingham finished in 3rd in his first race meeting in the category which also included a race win in Heat 2.
The Senior National Pro class was run at 150kg and sponsored by Brett Harvey Designs and Constructions. The class had some great racing with some audacious passing and thrilling moves between the leading karts. At the end of the day Darren Harris (North Shore) was first across the line ahead of Bradley Newman (Orange) and David Dunbar (Orange).
Only one competitor entered the Wurth (Australia) Clubman Light class, with Michael Riley (Dubbo) obviously taking first place. The usually strong clubman Heavy field didn't disappoint and made a great showing again. Warrick Norris (Sydney) found scorching speed in the final to take out the class sponsored by Everingham Electrical and Data. Chris Riley (Dubbo) managed to hold on to 2nd from a fast finishing Richard Drooger (Grenfell).
Again only one competitor entered into the Stephensons Hydraulics TAG125 Heavy class, with Peter Whale (Dubbo) taking all the glory. In the J.M. Forklifts Restricted 125 Light class Jack Koenig (Dubbo) took a comfortable victory in his first race meeting in the senior class over Michael Dunbar (Combined Districts). Hannafords Tyres and Suspension sponsored the Restricted 125 Heavy class which saw the return of Bert Wrigley (Dubbo) to Lincoln County Raceway who claimed victory in his first race meeting for years, finishing ahead of Mathew Whale (Dubbo) in 2nd and John Heath (Victoria) finishing in 3rd.
The Junior Gold Cup was taken out by the Cadets racer Theodore Livanes (Canberra) with the Senior Gold Cup being a tie; even with a count back between Bradley Newman (Orange) and Richard Drooger (Grenfell). There were also a number of lap records broken over the weekend with Blake Fardell (Rookies), Nicholas Riley (Jnr Nat Light), and Darren Harris (Snr Nat Pro) setting new benchmarks in their respective classes. Full results can be found here.
The Dubbo Kart Club would like to thank all its Gold Cup sponsors and it's club sponsors. A special thanks goes out to Mitch from StarFM who was track side all weekend commentating all the action to the delight of the spectators and competitors alike. Our next race meeting is an open club meeting to be held on 15th September 2013.
Today saw the running of the inaugural LeDubbo 24 race meet at Lincoln County Raceway which concludes with a 24 minute time based final. 12 Dubbo members were joined by 2 from Tamworth and 1 from Combined Districts, although a disappointing turn out a great day was had by all. Rain was forecast for mid afternoon but held off till well after racing had finished.
Thanks to two DKC members the Bathurst 1000 was on the big screens at the track and a break was held for everyone to watch the start of the race and racing was finished in time for most to make it home for the closing stages.
These are today's winners:
- Ethan Smith (Cadets)
- Blake Fardell (Rookies)
- Nick Riley (JNL)
- Clayton Small (JNH)
- Michael Riley (CL)
- Sebastian Jones (CH)
- Jack Koenig (Res L)
- Darren Koenig (Res H)
Nick Riley and Michael Riley set new lap records in their respective classes. Jack Koenig managed the most amount of laps in the 24 minute finals with 27, and they say races are won and lost in the pits where Jack Koenig and Michael Riley set the benchmark with approximately 41sec stops.
Don't forget our next race meeting which is our final meet of the year to be held on SATURDAY Nov 16 with a Xmas party and award presentation to be held afterwards, details will be on our website soon.
Full results: https://app.austkarting.com.au/aka/results/view/NSW/Dubb/2013-10-13
A great weekend of racing at Lincoln County Raceway with Round 3 of the MIA Powdercoating Southern Star Series being held this weekend. 174 karters made the trek to Dubbo for the meeting, with some good strong racing across all classes. Some hiccups along the way saw all races reduced in length, with the heats consisting of 6 laps, the prefinal and final reduced to 10. Congratulations to all the place getters, with the victor in each class being:
Cadets: Cody Burcher (Orange)
Rookies: Tyler Everingham (Dubbo)
Jnr Nat Light: Cody Gillis (Wollongong)
Jnr Nat Heavy: Cody Gillis (Wollongong)
Junior Max: Gus Flynn (Manning)
Snr Nat Light: Christopher Thomas (Wagga)
Snr Nat Heavy: Phillip Middleton (Combined)
Clubman Light: Dean O'Brien (Dubbo)
Clubman Heavy: Chris Riley (Dubbo)
Clubman S/Heavy: Bruce Otter (Canberra)
Sportsman 125-R Light: Michael Sieders (Combined)
Sportsman 125-R Heavy: Mathew Whale (Dubbo)
TAG 125 Light: Coire Donnelly (North Shore)
TAG 125 Heavy: Robert Hogan (Canberra)
TAG 125 S/Heavy: Eddie Ruiz (Grenfell)
Open Pef 175kg: Jackson Delamont (Grenfell)
Open Pef 190kg: Steven Martin (Canberra)
In addition to the great racing a number of lap records were broken with Bruce Otter, Marc Townsend, Steven Martin, Mathew Whale, Robert Hogan, Adrian Hogan and Nathan Jess setting new benchmarks in their classes. We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend despite the multitude of issues over the course of the weekend. We hope to see everyone back in Dubbo for the Australasian on August 17th and 18th. Information can be found on our website or will be posted here in due course.
Our annual 3-Track Challenge was run yesterday. 67 karters were on track for the event, after a chilly 2degree start it turned out to be a beautiful day with some great racing on our 3-tracks. Races were run over our 3 different length tracks, with a carby session and 2 races being held on each. 28 Local racers were joined by a plethora of visitors from other clubs with 23 from Orange, 4 from Combined Districts, 3 from Grenfell and Wagga, 2 from Canberra and 1 from Tamworth, Manning, North Shore and Griffith. Of note again was the amount of D-Prov licence holders making it to the track with 11 over the classes run. Heat 1 was run over 6 laps of the middle length B-track, Heat 2 was run over 8 laps on the short A-track, Heat 3 was run over 6 laps of the regularly used C-track and Heat 4 was again 8 laps on the A-track. The prefinals and finals had to be reduced in length due to the lateness of the day and fading daylight, with the prefinal being reduced from 10 laps to 8 laps of the B-track and the final run over 10 laps instead of 12 on the C-track.
The final victors of each class were:
- Cadets: Cody Burcher (Orange)
- Rookies: Tyler Everingham (Dubbo)
- Jnr Nat Light: Nicholas Riley (Dubbo)
- Jnr Nat Heavy: Gus Flynn (Manning)
- Snr Nat Pro: Jason Newham (Orange)
- Clubman Light: Dylan Shepard (Orange)
- Clubman Heavy: Chris Riley (Dubbo)
- TAG-R Light: Alexander Ward (Canberra)
- TAG-R Heavy: Peter Whale (Dubbo)
The junior 3-track champion ended in a draw with Nicholas Riley from Dubbo and Cody Burcher from Orange tied on points. Senior 3-track champion was claimed by the current Senior National Australian championship holder Jason Newham from Orange. Complete results can be found here: https://app.austkarting.com.au/aka/results/view/NSW/Dubb/2013-06-16 On top of the results from the race meeting a number of track records were also set, especially on the A & B-tracks, there new records and their new holders can be found HERE.
Our next race meeting will be Round 3 of the Southern Star Series to be held over two big days 20-21st of July. We are expecting a big turn out to this meeting with some good racing, so if your not racing make sure you get out for a look!!!
The Over 40's Titles were run in Coffs Harbour last weekend with DKC being represented by Craig Tailby in Clubman Super Heavy and Chris Riley in Clubman Light and Clubman Heavy. Craig managed to finish in 8th in the final after a DNF in the Prefinal. Chris finished in 14th in Clubman Heavy after a DNF in the final which claimed almost half the field. Chris had better luck in Clubman Light managing to jump onto the podium finishing 3rd in the class. Full results can be found here. Well done guys!!
Round 4 of the DKC Championships was run and won today with some good close racing, some spills and mishaps but a good day had by all. 25 karters were present at Lincoln County Raceway for the meet, with a good spread across the classes. 21 racers from Dubbo were joined by 3 from Griffith and 1 from Combined. (Full Race Results here).Congrats to the winners:- Mitchell Whale (Cadets)- Blake Fardell (Rookies)- Nicholas Riley (JNL)- Joshua Behn (JNH)- Michael Riley (CL)- Chris Riley (CH)- Peter Josephs (TAGRH)Our next race meet will be our annual 3-track challenge, don't forget this will be the last open meet at the track prior to the upcoming Southern Star and Gold Cup meets. For those who haven't seen this meet before it's a great day out with 6 races being run on the day alternating across the 3 varying track lengths...this is one meet worth making the effort to get to!!!