Young guns storm to podium fin­ish

Albany Advertiser - - GO-KARTS - Cameron New­bold

Young Al­bany trio Keb Evans, Mitch Per­rella and Dion Hounsfield all fin­ished on the podium at the 2017 WA Kart Cham­pi­onships at Al­bany City Kart Club at the week­end.

The four-day cham­pi­onships at­tracted al­most 200 com­peti­tors to the venue, which held the State ti­tles for the first time since 2011 af­ter a re­cent re­de­vel­op­ment of its bi­tu­men track.

Evans, a mem­ber of ACKC and Lake King Kart Club, led the KA3 se­nior light fi­nal early on be­fore slip­ping back to fifth place on lap seven.

But the young­ster fought back strongly and was in­volved in a three-way bat­tle for the lead with Sam and Tayla Dicker.

Evans wrested sec­ond spot from Tayla Dicker with two laps to run and closed up on the back of Sam Dicker, but could not make a win­ning pass stick as he crossed the line in sec­ond place, 0.721 sec­onds be­hind vic­tor Sam Dicker.

Per­rella won his heat in the WA open per­for­mance cat­e­gory on Sat­ur­day and started the 22-lap fi­nal from the front row, but also had to fight back af­ter drop­ping to fourth in the early stages.

The LKKC mem­ber and Al­bany res­i­dent drove su­perbly in the fi­nal stages as he slipped past Thomas Gray on the last lap to claim sec­ond spot on the podium.

Hounsfield, also an LKKC mem­ber and Al­bany res­i­dent, threw every­thing at de­fend­ing State cham­pion Jake Bur­ton in the KA3 se­nior heavy class, but a lunge for the lead in­side the fi­nal six laps proved costly as he washed off pre­cious speed and even­tu­ally ran out of laps.

Bur­ton held on nar­rowly by 0.643 sec­onds, with Hounsfield gal­lant in sec­ond place. Other Al­bany driv­ers com­pet­ing at the cham­pi­onships were Ti­mothy Young, who was sev­enth in the KA3 se­nior light, while Greg Pear­son pro- duced an in­spired drive in the Tag 125 heavy fi­nal to climb from 16th to cross the line in sixth place.

In the same di­vi­sion, John Ham­ment was 11th and Paul Bat­tye was 16th. Tyler Riedyk fin­ished eighth in the cadet 9 cat­e­gory and Aaron Riedyk was ninth in the KA4 ju­nior light.

Si­mon Gwilliam repli­cated his feat of win­ning a State ti­tle in Al­bany back in 2011 when he dom­i­nated the Tag 125 heavy fi­nal to win by more than seven sec­onds.

Mul­ti­ple State cham­pion Kip Foster added more suc­cess to his name by de­feat­ing Sam Dicker in a hard-fought Tag 125 light de­cider.

Other State cham­pi­ons were Ja­cob De Cerqueira (KA3 ju­nior), Luca Nici (cadet 12), Max McRae (KA4 ju­nior light), Ja­son Betts (KA3 se­nior medium), Toby Maiolo (cadet 9), An­drew Free­man (KA3 se­nior mas­ters) and Craig Spencer (KA4 ju­nior heavy).

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany’s Mitch Per­rella com­petes in the WA open per­for­mance di­vi­sion.

Jake Bur­ton on his way to the KA3 se­nior heavy ti­tle.

KA4 ju­nior heavy driver Craig Spencer leads the field.

Luca Nici af­ter win­ning the cadet 12 fi­nal.

Tag 125 heavy State ti­tle cham­pion Si­mon Gwilliam.

Lo­cal driver Dion Hounsfield in the KA3 se­nior heavy class.

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