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08/07/2016

Patrizicorse dominate AKC Round 4

Patrizicorse has continued it's strong 2016 with a dominating result at the Australian Kart Championship held at the Ipswich Kart club last weekend.
 
Rd 4 of the Australian Karting Championship held at the Ipswich International Karting Raceway again proved to be a Dominating weekend for the Patrizicorse Team aboard their Birel ART and Ricciardo Kart equipment. Patrizicorse walked away with 4 Podium's, the Championship Lead in the X30 Category, front Row lock out in qualifying for KZ2 (top 3 including Broc Plumb Aboard his Ricciardo Kart) and a Superb Dominating 1-2 Finish in the KZ2 Final winning by more then 5 sec over our fellow competitors.
 
Patrizicorse also hosted 4 international drivers for the event. World Cup winner Jordon Lennox-Lamb from the UK, Jayden Jin, Ethan Goodman and Hong Yang from Autoinc Racing Singapore plus the president from Birel ART Mr. Ronni Sala creating a truly international flavor to the event.
 
The weekend started well with the Patrizicorse team finishing on top in 3 of the 8 categories after Friday's official practice. Very cool and frosty temperatures meet the team on Saturday morning for the qualifying sessions and the following results we achieved:
 
KZ2
 
P1 Marijn Kremers (Ricciardo Kart/IAME)
P2 Chris Hays (Birel ART/IAME)
P8 Troy Loeskow (Ricciardo Kart/IAME)
 
X30:
(All Kip Foster Kartforce IAME X30 engines)
 
P4 Marijn Kremers (Ricciardo Kart) 
P13 Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Birel ART)
P15 Bradley Stewart (Birel ART)
P18 Hong Yang (Birel ART)
P24 Ethan Goodman (Birel ART)
 
KA1:
 
P3 Marc Tulloch (Ricciardo Kart)
P6 Thomas Steele (Ricciardo Kart)
 
KA2:
 
P15 Jayden Jin
 
The heat races went mostly to plan with a clean sweep in the KZ2 category, only a DNF to Kremers in the 3rd heat denied a 1-2 finish in every race for Patrizicorse. Very consistent results all round in X30 had 4 of our karts starting inside the top 15 of the 32 Kart field for the final. After showing great speed both KA1 drivers Tulloch and Steele would be forced to start the final from 6th and 7th respectively due to penalties and DNF's however we knew the final was going to be a good one given that the boys had been running inside the top 2 when their misfortunes happened. Jayden Jin was learning every session in what is said to be some of the hardest junior racing in the world. After some solid heat races Jayden would start the Final from Grid 15.
 
The warm sunshine greeted us for the final's and after a nice lunch in the Patrizicorse Catering Tent where quests and staff dined all weekend we were ready to cheer our drivers on. We welcomed special guest's Will Davison (Tekno V8 Supercars driver) and Riana Crehan (V8 Supercars TV) as well as Jono Webb the Tekno Austosport boss who brought the companies new Mclaren spec road car to have on show in front our our hospitality marquee.
 
The finals started well with an exciting X30 final where Marijn Kremers held on to finish a commanding 4th Place and 2nd fastest lap whilst extending his championship lead heading into the final round, only contact by a fellow Birel ART competitor who made a small judgement error gave away any chance of a victory. 2015 Vice World Champion Jordon Lennox-Lamb showed why is one of the world's best drivers with a very entertaining first couple of laps moving himself into contention only to fall away in the last half of the race struggling with the harder compound of tyre we are using in Australia finishing 9th. Brad Stewart was unlucky early aboard his Birel ART Machine and his result didn't reflect his speed shown throughout the weekend. Hong Yang was 4th fastest in the final with the Singaporean forced to make an engine change Sunday morning. Ethan Goodman improved race by race in what was the toughest event he has been involved in. Final x30 finishing positions. 4th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 21st.
 
Jayden Jin with His Ricciardo Kart drove a very good final considering his lack of experience in the KA2 class using the DVS engine and Dunlop tyre's for the first time. His fastest lap was only .6 sec away from the winner and only .2 from the driver in 4th. 
 
The KA2 final was another great result for Ricciardo Kart with young Marc Tulloch in his first event with Patrizicorse taken the 2nd place on the podium, Marc showed great speed all weekend with only a few heat penalties that hampered his end result. Thomas Steele suffering further engine dramas came home a credible 6th place, luck has not been on Thomas's side though we are sure this will change shortly.
 
Finally the KZ2 final was set to be a block buster. Marijn Kremers starting out of grid 4 due to his heat 3 DNF, Chris Hays starting on the pole aboard his Birel ART/IAME machine after three second place finishes and a heat win whilst Troy Loeskow who went into the weekend as the favorite down in 14th after some tough heat race incidents caused by fellow competitors. Lehane got the jump on Hays at the start though it only took 3 laps for Hays and Kremers to make their moves leaving the CRG pilot into the distance. Both Drivers drove a commanding race with Kremers taking the eventual win from Hays which at one stage was out to seven second lead to third place.. Both drivers visibly slowed down for the last 5 laps showing complete command and control of the race gifting Patrizicorse another 1-2 finish in Australia's elite category. Troy Loeskow made a great start and moved up early however a suspected bent chassis put the end to what was set to be a great recovery with Troy eventually recording a DNF. This result gives Patrizicorse 3 wins and 4 podiums from the first 4 events on the Australian Kart championship. A results that has been achieved through great support by our partners IAME engines in ITALY, the Birel ART Factory and the great engine tuning by our engine tuner Jason Burns. 
 
Ricciardo Kart and Birel ART were represented very well across all categories and some stand out performances came from Jace Matthews who with his Ricciardo Kart finished on the final podium position in the KA2 class after running top 2 for the majority of the race meeting. Broc Plumb returned in style to KZ2 competition for the first time since the final round of the 2016 championship. Plumb qualified a fantastic 3rd place aboard his Ricciardo Kart/TM making it a Ricciardo/Birel ART/Ricciardo top 3 with two different engine packaged. Strong heat races with an unfortunate DNF of the start-line (5,3,2,DNF) put him in place for a great final. Plumb drove very well to finish a very credible 4th place across the finish line. Toby Webb had his first event aboard a Brand New Birel ART and carded a 12th place finish in the TAG Category. Tristan Griffin finished 30th in the final after an early spin cost him a result. Declan Matthews showed great speed with his Ricciardo kart AR28 in the KA4 class, though a major accident in the 3rd heat destroyed his kart and he was not able to continue.
 
 
The next event for the Patrizicorse karting in Australia team will be the Final round of the Australian Kart Championship's held at the Todd Road Karting Circuit in Port Melbourne, Victoria. We head into the event with the lead in the X30 Category and equal 2nd with 2 of our 3 drivers in KZ2 only 20 points from the top spot.