Battye cleans up at meet with thrilling overall win

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Albany City Kart Club began their 2017 club championship season with small but competitive fields in eight different divisions at the January meeting held on Sunday.

Six drivers contested the Tag 125 restricted heavy class with Paul Battye proving too strong across the five events, taking a thrilling overall victory by a mere four points.

Battye recorded two wins along with a second and third in his first four races, but was third in the final 8-lap race.

Cadet 12 driver Judd Stevens.
Camera IconCadet 12 driver Judd Stevens. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Graham Treloar won the first event and followed that up with a third before three consecutive second placings had him in the mix to take out the overall points.

Battye was able to hang on however, with his 1273 points enough to prevail over Treloar (1269 points) with Stephen Conning (1052) filling third place. A terrific battle developed between Judd Stevens and Jayden Turner in the cadet 12 division throughout the day as they shared the race wins.

TaG125 restricted heavy driver Stephen Conning.
Camera IconTaG125 restricted heavy driver Stephen Conning. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson
TaG125 restricted heavy driver Stephen Conning.
Camera IconTaG125 restricted heavy driver Stephen Conning. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

Mitchell Turner won the small cadet 9 category with a clean sweep and Tim Young did the same winning all five KA3 senior light races.

In the sportsman KA3 heavy class, Scott Else raced strongly throughout the day to win all five events and collect 1445 points to finish well clear of Howard Heerey (1265) and Garry Pope (1078).

Other overall victories went to Greg Pearson (Tag 125 heavy), Aaron Riedyk (KA4 junior light) and Bob Harrison (KA3 senior medium).

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