Top karters blast into the his­tory books

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MATTHEW Wall, Pierce Le­hane and Cian Fothergill etched their names into kart­ing his­tory in the fi­nal round of the CIK Stars of Kart­ing Se­ries in Mel­bourne.

The trio now have their names along­side Jamie Whin­cup, Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, Michael Caruso, Tim Slade, An­drew Thomp­son and Ryan Briscoe af­ter be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons in the Pro Gear­box (KZ2), Pro Ju­nior (KF3) and Pro Light (KF1) cat­e­gories re­spec­tively last week­end

Wall, who fin­ished sec­ond be­hind se­ries debu­tant David Sera in last week­end’s fi­nal, en­tered the meet­ing 14 points be­hind cham­pi­onship leader Kel Treseder. But af­ter a strong run on his home cir­cuit he fin­ished six points clear at the top of the stand­ings.

‘‘This is sim­ply an amaz­ing feel­ing,’’ Wall says. ‘‘I’m 32, so my time at the top is run­ning out and this cham­pi­onship is some­thing I wanted more than any­thing else.

‘‘The Pro Gear­box cat­e­gory and the CIK Stars of Kart­ing Se­ries this year have been great. We’ve got the best driv­ers rac­ing, so when you win a round or a cham­pi­onship you cer­tainly earn it.’’

With his vic­tory Wall claimed the John Pizarro tro­phy and will be on the grid at the Su­per­Nats in Las Ve­gas in Novem­ber.

Fothergill was the dom­i­nant driver in the Pro Light di­vi­sion, win­ning five of the eight events.

He was out­paced at the week­end by Men­tone racer Adam Hughes, who was mak­ing his de­but in the se­ries aboard a Kos­mic kart.

They’ve got the power: tal­ented karters Matthew Wall, Pierce Le­hane and Cian Fothergill cleaned up in Mel­bourne.

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