McIlveen Impressive at Rockpress Pacific Superkart Challenge
8/08/2009 at 8:01:00 AM:

A lights to flag victory started Warren McIlveen on his title defence at the Rockpress Pacific Superkart Challenge. The Tamworth based racer got the best of the front row start to build a gap which grew steadily grew into a seven second victory by the chequered flag. McIlveen takes a 19 point lead into Sunday’s three races at the Morgan Park Raceway round of the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships.

McIlveen displayed why holds Morgan Park’s outright lap record in the Mac’s Marine/Soundy’s Retravision Stockman-Honda, the only vehicle to record a sub-minute lap time in both qualifying and in the first race, with his best lap of the day recorded on the penultimate race lap. Vince Livaditis recovered from a less than perfect start to jump back ahead of fast starting second row Superkarts of Russell Jamieson and Steve Murray to take second place in the Top Dog Advertising PVP. Murray (Gas Action Services PVP-Honda) inherited third place after Jamieson was assigned a 60 second penalty for a jumped start. Jason Laker (1800 Bumper Stockman-Honda) chased Jamieson and Murray home to finish fourth. After the penalty was applied Jamieson (Coach Design Stockman-Honda) was classified 14th.

Finishing in fifth position and winning the 125cc Gearbox division was the N&G; Motor Repairs / Iguana Signs & Concepts Stockman-Honda of Brian Wild. Under the class based points structure it is Wild who trails McIlveen by just 19 points heading into the second day of racing. Behind Wild was 85cc class winner Stewart Bell in the Traffic Management Systems Gladiator-Yamaha. Behind Bell in a recovery drive after a fraught qualifying experience was the 250cc class Bel-Ray / Prosport PVP-Yamaha of Cameron Hoswell. 125cc class cars Drene Jamieson (Coach Design Stockman-Honda) and Phil Silcock (Rockpress Stockman-Honda) filled the class podium positions with the final top ten spot taken by the Rotax Max class winner, the RFC Race Team Hypermax-Rotax of David McAdam.

125cc class favourite John Pellicano damaged his Avoig-Honda during an excursion on the outside of turn 2 and slid down the order as the race went on but still managaed to claim 130 points towards the Challenge pointscore should results break his way tomorrow.

Sunday will bring three races, two of six laps and one eight lap to finish the weekend to crown the 2009 Rockpress Pacific Superkart Champion.

Points after Race 1:
Warren McIlveen 553, Brian Wild 534, Stewart Bell 458, David McAdam 458, Vince Livaditis 412, Drene Jamieson 398, Todd Gardner 342, Lindsay Jamieson 342, Steve Murray 313, Phil Silcock 302 etc

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