Albany drivers on podium

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TAG 125 restricted medium driver Brad Stewart.
Camera IconTAG 125 restricted medium driver Brad Stewart. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Drivers from around WA produced terrific racing across two days to kickstart the 2019 South Eastern Zone Series at Albany City Kart Club.

A number of Albany drivers recorded top-three finishes in their respective finals and overall podiums in the opening round of the SEZ series that will also include events in Lake King, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.

Tiger Kart Club member Aaron Chivers won a close tussle in the Tag 125 restricted medium division after taking the race lead from Troy Stewart at the halfway point of Sunday’s final.

Chivers and Troy Stewart had an entertaining battle in the final eight laps of the 14-lap final but Chivers prevailed to win by 0.69sec.

TAG 125 light driver Brandon Elliott.
Camera IconTAG 125 light driver Brandon Elliott. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Bradley Stewart finished third in the final, followed by Christopher Straughan and Albany’s Graham Treloar, who was only 3.291sec. behind the winner in fifth.

Troy Stewart won the overall points for the round with 1925, defeating Chivers (1741) and Bradley Stewart (1529).

Bunbury’s Judd Stevens powered to an impressive all-the-way win in the KA3 junior class, crossing the line 3.162sec. in front of clubmate Bevan Stone.

Stevens won the overall points as well, winning four of the five events to collect 1819 points.

Albany’s Brandon Elliott enjoyed a strong weekend in his Tag 125 light category, finishing second in the final and overall points.

Cadet 12 driver Seth Collins.
Camera IconCadet 12 driver Seth Collins. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Cody Leunen was a clear winner of the 14-lap final, but Elliott won the opening race of the weekend and was consistent throughout to narrowly miss overall hon-ours.

Elliott finished with 1748 points, just pipped by Leunen on 1897.

Young Albany competitor Cody Colmer was another driver to fare well, grabbing second place in the Cadet 9s. Colmer was second in the 14-lap final behind James Webster, but the overall points was close, with Colmer second with 1733 points, just 124 adrift of Webster.

In the Yamaha senior medium class that contained six Albany drivers, Michael Stephen was a comfortable victor in the final.

Another close final was run in the Tag 125 heavy division, where Daniel McLeod edged out Adrian Fogliani by 1.123sec., but the positions were reversed in the overall standings.

TAG 125 restricted medium zone winner Aaron Chivers.
Camera IconTAG 125 restricted medium zone winner Aaron Chivers. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Cadet 12 class was a thriller as James Micucci-Allen survived a sustained challenge from Nash Ferraro in the 14-lap final, with Toby Maiolo in third place and Albany’s Harrison Beres back in fifth.

Other overall division winners from the opening round were Mathew Chambers (WA open performance), Jack Caiulo (KA4 junior light), Todd Shearer (KA3 senior heavy), Bradley Nock (KA3 senior medium) and Kieren Ellis (KA3 senior light).

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