Superkarts: Four battle for the Superkart title
9/07/2007 at 7:33:39 AM:

This weekend’s final round of the Australian Superkart Championship will see four drivers head to Eastern Creek with a chance of becoming Australian Champion.

Leading contender is 2002 champion, Sam Zavaglia. The Sydneysider emerged from the Phillip Island round with a narrow four point lead in the Stockman Superkarts supported Stockman-Honda.

Zavaglia headed to Eastern Creek last weekend for a state level event as a shake down after the dramas of Phillip Island.

“A complete strip down and rebuild of my 250 chassis is in process after the 230kph off at Turn 1 in Race 3 at Phillip Island,” said a rueful Zavaglia. “That was one scary ride and I was very fortunate not to have barrel rolled it end for end when riding the bumpy stuff….that was a “Get out of jail free card” used up! Also with engine gremlins in the final race, this has triggered a complete and full engine rebuild.”

Third placed Warren McIlveen joined Zavaglia at Eastern Creek last weekend, taking three race wins, giving Tamworth’s reigning champion momentum into the finale.

“I have been worried about the tyres I am blowing,” said McIlveen.

The five time champion had failures both at Phillip Island earlier this year, and at the corresponding Eastern Creek round last year. While he was able to overcome last year’s difficulties to take the title, the vulnerability has given contenders an opening against the Stockman Superkarts supported racer, heading to Sydney this weekend.

“I am going to try 8 inch wide rear rims. At this stage am happy with how the Mac’s Marine Stockman-Honda is going and don’t intend making any other changes. Looking forward to the very close competition for the title, but as always anything can happen.”

With four points to either of the two Stockman racers, Victorian Gary Pegararo sits as leading rival to the two Stockman racers. Contesting the top division for the first time in the Marron Excavations Anderson-FPE/RCS, Pegararo claimed three top three finishes for the weekend, but Pegararo will have to lift for pace if he is to match his rivals as his points haul has thus far has come from consistency of results.

One driver certainly looking to improve is Queenslander, Carlo Chermaz. The Buildersmile Constructions PVP racer contested Phillip Island with a broken wrist and injured elbow and will pick up pace just on the basis of injury recovery, but he also has the furthest to go, sitting four points behind McIlveen, twelve behind Zavaglia.

Chermaz too has been busy, with a meeting last weekend at Morgan Park Raceway where mechanical maladies emerged in time to be fixed prior to the final round.

“I’m looking forward to Eastern Creek, hopefully will be less hampered by my wrist and elbow,” said Chermaz. “Traditionally the PVP performs better at the Creek, we won the round here two years ago.”

“When you compare lap times with all front runners the gap to Warren and Sam has closed which gives me a chance of a place and the PVP’s top end performance is getting better, but I was losing .4 second on average at Honda and MG corner under brakes.”

The Australian Superkart Championship will feature in four races under three engine based classes over the course of the Eastern Creek weekend. Over 40 entries, the largest field of any category at the meeting, will take to the grid after 49 karts started the previous round.

Superkarts are the cheapest category competing at national level with costs less than half that of even Formula Vee, but record lap times rivalling V8Supercar at some circuits and hold outright lap records at others.

Australian Superkart Websites – Superkart Australia website – Superkart Club of NSW – Victorian Superkart Club – Queensland Superkart Club – Adealide Superkart Club
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