Light­ning McRae tri­umphs

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Young gun Max McRae pre­vailed in an epic fin­ish to the KA4 ju­nior light di­vi­sion, cap­ping a thrilling day of fi­nals in the 2017 WA Kart Cham­pi­onship at Al­bany City Kart Club on Sun­day.

Five of the 12 di­vi­sions con­tested as part of the cham­pi­onships were de­cided by less than a sec­ond and the KA4 ju­nior light fi­nal was ar­guably the race of the week­end as McRae, Ma­son Har­vey and Craig Spencer had a bril­liant bat­tle in the dy­ing stages.

Har­vey started from the front row of the grid in the 22-lap ti­tle de­cider and McRae from eighth spot while Spencer came from fifth af­ter fail­ing

to fin­ish Sat­ur­day’s pre-fi­nal. Af­ter lead­ing for the first five laps, Har­vey was bumped back to sec­ond briefly by McRae as Spencer weaved his

way through the field to third spot.

Har­vey, how­ever, worked his way back to the lead by lap nine and the en­su­ing 13 laps pro­duced a ter­rific three-way bat­tle for the lead. The trio traded places sev­eral times, with Spencer jump­ing to sec­ond at one stage, which forced McRae back to third as they skipped well clear of the other com­peti­tors.

With two laps to run, McRae made his move as he snatched back the lead but again Har­vey and Spencer fought on gal­lantly as the group ex­changed places on the fi­nal lap

McRae, though, was calm in the tense last lap as he gained the up­per hand to down Har­vey by 0.279 sec­onds while Spencer was a fur­ther 0.572sec back in third place to end a blan­ket fin­ish to the ti­tle.

The vic­tory was an­other State ti­tle to McRae, who is part of a fa­mous Aus­tralian rally car fam­ily that in­cludes Jimmy, Colin and Alis­ter. The cadet 12 fi­nal was the clos­est re­sult of cham­pi­onships with Luca Nici scor­ing vic­tory by 0.132 sec­onds from Jett De­marte.

Hur­ri­cane Kart Club’s Sam Dicker won the KA3 se­nior light class af­ter down­ing Den­mark driver Keb Evans by 0.721sec while son of a gun Toby Maiolo claimed the cadet 9 fi­nal by 0.757sec.

The other fi­nal de­cided by less than a sec­ond was the KA3 se­nior heavy class, which wrapped up a suc­cess­ful week­end for the ACKC with al­most 200 com­peti­tors tak­ing part.

Tiger Kart Club’s Jake Bur­ton de­feated lo­cal hope Dion Hounsfield by a mere 0.643sec to se­cure backto-back ti­tles.

Max McRae salutes as he crosses the line to win the KA4 ju­nior light State cham­pi­onship.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Max McRae af­ter his win in the KA4 ju­nior light fi­nal, cen­tre, flanked by Craig Spencer (left) and Ma­son Har­vey (right).

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