Open Sprint, Junior & Cadet Race Report, 744 photos, 60min of Video!

Slideways Go Karting World Pimpama was the place to be over the weekend, with a full schedule of racing from the Slideways Open Sprint Series, as well as the Slideways Junior Sprint Series.

More information on all our upcoming events can be found on our dedicated race events page.

Slideways Open Sprint Series Round 5

With the final race of the fifth round of the Slideways Open Sprint Series postponed due to inclement weather, seven competitors lined up for the re-run final race, which was contested on the reverse track direction prior to the sixth round of the series.

Fresh from their appearances in the Sodi World Series finals in Italy, Liam Hydes just managed to edge out Olivia Herbison in the 10-minute final, with the pair setting incredibly close fastest laps – 39.859sec versus 39.869sec.

Alex Jacovides forged his was through to third ahead of Christian Bishop, Chaad Hewitt, Chloe Buck and Daniel Connors.

Overall results for the round saw Hydes claim the honours from Herbison and Hewitt.

Full Race Video!


Slideways Open Sprint Series Round 6

With a capacity entry of 18 racers facing the starter, the field was split in two for qualifying and the opening pair of heats, before combining for the final 30-minute-long feature race, contested on the normal track direction.

Qualifying set the tone for the evening, with Jackson Faulkner topping the charts with a best lap of 39.727sec.

In the bottom 50% heat races, there was plenty of close battling throughout the order, with Lachlan Powell taking the honours in the opener, from Bianca Williams, Chloe Buck, Jordan Kirk, Brett Want, Amel Suljic, Daniel Connor, Phillip Ouzounis and Peter Hendra, who set the fastest race lap with a 40.486sec time.

Powell (fast lap: 39.874sec) made it two from two in the second race, clearing out to a 6.963sec win over Williams, Buck, Kirk, Want, Connor, Hendra, Ouzounis and Suljic.

The Jackson Faulkner show continued in the opening heat from the top 50% of qualifiers, setting sail to a 8.472sec victory, with a fastest race lap time of 39.555sec.

Alex Jacovides came home in second, leading a long line of karts featuring Madelyne Czubara, Christian Bishop, Liam Hydes, Leighton Cook, Ben Hoffman, Gavin Faulkner and Brodie Smith.

With the ‘Chook Lotto’ random invert of the grid for the second race coming into play, Gavin Faulkner claimed a 1.949sec win over Hoffman, Cook, Hydes, Jackson Faulkner, Bishop, Jacovides, Czubara, and Smith, with the Czubara fastest on circuit with a time of 39.941sec.

Cracking pace on cold tyres saw Jackson Faulkner leap away from the field on the opening lap, eventually claiming victory by a remarkable 15.713sec, en route setting a best lap time of 39.303sec, right on lap record pace.

Bishop forged his way into second place, and cleared out from a train of karts that provided an incredible spectacle for the duration of the 30-minute-long feature.

Gavin Faulkner held on for third, from Hydes, Cook, Hoffman, Czubara, Powell, Jacovides, Buck, Smith, Connor, Want, Hendra, Williams, Suljic, Ouzouris, and Kirk.

Overall for the round, Jackson Faulkner claimed the top step of the podium from Gavin Faulkner and Christian Bishop, while the Best & Fairest points went to Ouzounis, Czubara and Buck.

In the series point score with four events remaining, Hydes holds down a slender eight point margin over Jackson Faulkner, with Jacovides now placed third.



Slideways Cadet Sprint Series Round 6

An 11-kart grid of Cadets aged 7 to 11 years grided up three 10-minute-long sprint races, with a two-lap qualifying dash determining the starting order for the opener.

Earning the pole position with a time of 46.558sec was Zachary Naylor, ahead of Raymond Mallin, then Luke Wilson, Annabel Kennedy, Ellie Wilson, Cooper Lovett, Brock Helm, Daniel Sullivan, Elijah Laulu, Dylan Kammerlocher and Daniel Hughes.

For the opening race it was Naylor pushed all the way to win by Mallin, with Wilson a close third, then a big gap back to Ellie Wilson in fourth, ahead of Sullivan, Lovett, Kennedy, Helm, Laulu, Kammerlocher and Hughes, with Mallin fastest on track with a best time of 45.862sec.

With the random invert grid order in play for heat two, series leader Luke Wilson claimed a one-second win over his cousin Ellie after a race-long duel, with Mallin right in the battle, finishing third.

Fourth was Sullivan, then Helm, Kennedy, Kammerlocher, Lovett, Naylor, Hughes and Laulu, with Luke Wilson fastest on track with a 45.895sec time.

Luke Wilson carried that form over to the final, where he was pushed all the way to the chequered flag by Mallin, with only 0.338sec splitting them at the finish.

Naylor came home in third ahead of Sullivan, Ellie Wilson, Helm, Lovett, Laulu, Kammerlocher and Kennedy, with the top three finishers setting respective best lap times of 45.990sec, 45.919sec and 45.995sec.

Overall for the round it was Luke Wilson on top from Mallin and Naylor, with the Best & Fairest bonus points going to Naylor, Mallin and Kennedy.

In the progressive series standings, it is Luke Wilson from Naylor and Sullivan.

Full Race Video!


Slideways Junior Sprint Series Round 6

The Juniors aged 12 to 15 years followed an identical program of races to the Cadets, with 12 karts entered.

Carter Skewes set the tone for the day, qualifying on pole with a time of 40.475sec, ahead of Chaad Hewitt, Jude Livermore, Ethan Bryson, Elliot Cleary, Luc Jacobsen, Jack Stimson, Olivia Herbison, Brayden Hill, Jett Johnson, Jordyn Durrington and Owen Hughes.

For the opener, Skewes capitalised on his pole position, claiming the win by 0.760sec with a fastest race lap of 39.725sec.

Hewitt finished second ahead of Livermore, Bryson, Cleary, Jacobsen, Herbison, Hill, Johnson, Stimson, Durrington and Hughes.

Cleary took full advantage of the random grid invert for race two, winning by nearly 2sec from Bryson, Hewitt, Livermore, Skewes, Herbison, Jacobsen, Johnson, Hill, Stimson and Durrington.

Fastest on circuit was Cleary with a top time of 39.776sec.

The final race featured a race long tussle for the lead, with Hewitt eventually getting the better of Skewes, with the pair split by 0.480sec after 12 circuits.

Cleary led home a train of karts in third, fearuring Livermore, Bryson, Herbison, Hill, Johnson, Stimson and Durrington.

Seven drivers broke the 40sec barrier, with Herbison the pace setter with a swift lap of 39.793sec.

Overall for the round, Skewes edged out Hewitt and Cleary, with the Best & Fairest points being awarded to Hewitt, Skewes and Hill.

The current series leader board sees Hewitt on top from Cleary and Skewes.

Full Race Video!


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