Australian Superkart Championship

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Australian Superkart Championship
Category Single-seaters
Country Australia
Inaugural season 1989
Drivers 41
Teams 33
Constructors 7
Drivers' champion Russell Jamieson
Teams' champion Coach Design
Makes' champion Anderson Racing Karts
Official website Superkarts Australia
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Australian Superkart Championship is a motor racing series run in Australia under the auspices of CAMS under their Superkart regulations. The karts race on full-size Australian circuits and in 2013 the series was raced at Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. As of 2007 the series has raced as part of the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships. The series is one of nine that enjoy full CAMS Australian Championship status.[1]

National titles have also been run by other sanctioning organisations over the years as one-off events.

Classes[edit]

Presently three different classes of Superkart compete in the Australian championship: 250 International (for two cylinder 250cc engines), 250 National (for single cylinder 250cc engines), 125 Gearbox (for 125cc engines). Rotax max family of classes no longer compete for Australian championship status but have a single event non-gearbox Nationals with three classes: Rotax Light and Rotax Heavy, both weight based categories and Rotax Junior for drivers of the ages 12–16, and they run their Rotax 125cc engines without a power valve, reducing the power output of the class relative to Rotax Light and Rotax Heavy. While all classes compete for a national title, because of regulations in 2008 only the winners of the 250 International class has consistenty been able to claim Australian Champion. Prior to the widespread popularity of Rotax Max the non-gearbox classes were 100cc engine capacity. Previously there was also a fourth gearbox class for 80cc engines Superkarts but numbers have dwindled in recent times to the point that 80cc class has been folded into 125cc class at national level and today only survives in limited numbers at state level.

Champions[edit]

Australia's most decorated Superkart racer, Warren McIlveen

The following is a compilation of Australian Superkart championship and national series winners. Since 1980 superkart motor racing series have been run under AKA & CAMS regulation. Prior to 1989 titles existed run under AKA authority. Run originally as single event championship it blossomed into a multi-event series in the early 2000s.

One of t he most successful driver in Superkart racing is Warren McIlveen who has won 7 titles, six of them in the top class, 250 International. The most successful & cross-class driver has been Brian Stockman who has won eight titles across four classes. 2 x 80cc, 1 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc single & 3 x 250cc international. Jason McIntyre, Luke May and Jeff Reed are the only drivers to have won both Gearbox and non-Gearbox titles. Both the non-gearbox classes 100cc and Rotax Max have both used Light, Heavy and Junior classes to further sub-divide their numbers on occasion. They are indicate L: Light, H: Heavy and J: Junior.[2]

Due partially to falling numbers not all have been recognised as Australian Champions, some only as national series winners. For example in 2009 only the 250 International class was recognised with the status of Australian champion. Numbers have since rebounded.

Attempts to run a Rotax Max title since 2009 had collapsed on multiple occasions[3] but a replacement event no longer considered an Australian Championship was run in 2011.[4]

Year 250cc International 250cc National 125cc Gearbox 80cc Gearbox 100cc non-Gearbox Rotax Max
Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine
1989 Paul Lawson Zip Barry Thomas Zip Bruce Jolly Zip Gerard Skelly TonyKart
1990 Gerard Siebert Zip Eagle-Rotax Rob Lindsay Anderson-Husqvarna Glen Robertson Eliminator-Yamaha
1991 Les May Zip Eagle-Rotax Rob Lindsay Anderson-Husqvarna Paul Hillman Centreline-Honda Cameron Kerr Talbot-Yamaha
1992 Shane Wilson Anderson-Rotax Brian Stockman Stockman-Kawasaki Paul Hillman Centreline-Honda Chryss Jamieson Gladiator-Yamaha Dale Harris Sprinter-Yamaha
1993 Gerard Siebert Zip Eagle-Rotax Brian Stockman Stockman-Kawasaki Paul Hillman Centreline-Honda Brett Anderson Minarelli-Yamaha Jeff Reed Sprinter-Yamaha
1994 Les May Anderson-Rotax John Pellicano Stockman-Kawasaki Matthew Campbell Centreline-Honda Brett Walsh Gladiator-Yamaha Kerryn Brewer Benson-Yamaha
1995 John Barabasz Kustom-Rotax Graeme Williams Stockman-Yamaha Peter Worrall Centreline-Honda Brett Walsh Gladiator-Yamaha Les Prziovski Speed-Yamaha
1996 Gerard Siebert Zip Eagle-Rotax Paul Hillman Centreline-Yamaha Warren McIlveen Stockman-Honda Troy Byron Centreline-Yamaha Les Prziovski Speed-Yamaha
1997 David Baker PVP-Rotax Chris Staff Stockman-Kawasaki Peter Worrall Centreline-Honda Troy Byron Centreline-Yamaha Ian Lennox Mac-Mineralli
1998 Brian Stockman Stockman-Yamaha Michael Crossland Stockman-Kawasaki Peter Carter Centreline-Honda Ross Hansen Centreline-Yamaha L: Ray Collier
H: Ken Knight

Arrow AX5
1999 Warren McIlveen Stockman-Honda Gary Brookes Centreline-Honda Brian Stockman Stockman-Honda Chryss Jamieson Gladiator-Yamaha L: Jason McIntyre
H: Gary Pegoraro
J: Luke May
DAP-Yamaha
CRG-Yamaha
CRG-Yamaha
2000 Brian Stockman Stockman-Honda Steven Tapper Stockman-kawasaki Roy Francescato Centreline-Honda Chryss Jamieson Gladiator-Yamaha L: Ray Collier
H: Gary Pegoraro
KCM-Yamaha
Azzurro-Yamaha
2001 Warren McIlveen Stockman-Honda Steven Tapper Stockman-kawasaki Darren Dunn Topkart-Honda Anthony Lappas Eliminator-Yamaha L: Michael Rogers
H: Andrew Davison
Arrow-Yamaha
KCM-Yamaha
2002 Sam Zavaglia Stockman-Honda Colin McIntyre Anderson-KTM Darren Dunn Topkart-Honda Ross Hansen Centreline-Yamaha Gary Pegoraro Azzuro-Yamaha Tracey O'Rourke
2003 Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2-Honda Anthony Zulian Stockman MR2-Honda Chryss Jamieson Gladiator-Honda Gary Pegoraro Azzuro-Yamaha Shane Wright
2004 Brian Stockman Stockman MR2-Honda Sam Zavaglia Stockman MR2-Honda Nathen Bey Monaco-Rotax
2005 Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2-Honda Jason McIntyre Anderson-KTM Sam Zavaglia Stockman MR2-Honda Doug Ward Centreline-Yamaha Darren Tyler Birel-Rotax
2006 Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2-Honda Jason McIntyre Anderson-KTM Russell Jamieson Stockman Laydown-Honda Robert Trimmer Centreline-Yamaha
2007 Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2-Honda Jason McIntyre* Anderson-KTM Kristian Stebbing Stockman MR2-Honda L: Michael Rogers
H: Ron Goldfinch
J: Sean Whitfield
2008 Darren Hossack Anderson-Safe Martin Latta* Stockman-Yamaha Brad Stebbing Stockman MR2-Honda L: Michael Rogers
H: Mark Wicks
J: Sean Whitfield
Arrow-Rotax
Hypermax-Rotax
Hypermax-Rotax
2009 Sam Zavaglia Stockman MR2-Yamaha Steven Tamasi* Stockman MR2-Honda
2010 Darren Hossack Anderson-Safe Martin Latta Anderson-Honda Steven Tamasi Stockman MR2-Honda
2011 Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2-Honda Luke May* Anderson-Honda Jeff Reed Stockman MR2-Honda L: Shaun Pannowitch*
H: Steve Milner*
J: Tim Clarke*
2012 Jason Smith Anderson-DEA Brendan Luneman* Anderson-Yamaha Jeff Reed Stockman MR2-Honda
2013 Russell Jamieson Anderson-DEA Dalton Rowell* Stockman MR2-Honda Jeff Reed Stockman MR2-Honda
2014 Gary Pegoraro Anderson-BRC Dalton Rowell* Stockman MR2-Honda Gary Haywood Bakker X4-Honda
2015 Russell Jamieson Anderson-DEA Jordan Ford* Anderson-Yamaha Mark Robin Stockman MR2-Honda
Year Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine Driver Kart-Engine
250cc International 250cc National 125cc Gearbox 80cc Gearbox 125 Stock-Honda Rotax Max

* Indicates winner of a national series rather than Australian championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Online Manual of Motor Sport: Section 14: Titles" (PDF). Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. 2008-10-01. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 2008-12-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Australian Superkart Championships". Superkarts Australia. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 Australian Non Gearbox Superkart Nationals: Sporting Regulations" (PDF). CAMS. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 

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