Last weekends Race of Stars event on the Gold Coast was David Sera’s final KZ event in the class he recently captured the Australian Championship in.
Held at the Extreme Karting Complex in Pimpama, QLD, the Deadly driver wasn’t able to capture the speed that saw him take home the Australian Kart Championship.
“Things didn’t start well for us seizing an engine in the opening session which put us behind the 8-ball right away.”
The final two practice sessions saw Sera end the day just inside the top ten, which included two World Champions from Europe.
Saturday morning’s qualifying session went better for Sera, as he was able to post some reasonable lap times that saw him finish fifth with an inside starting position from row three.
The first heat got away with the front three drivers coming together on the opening turn, allowing Sera to move his way up to position three. Unfortunately a lack of kart speed saw him drop back to position five at the completion.
Heat two was a better race with the 360fly / Deadly Kart up into fourth position in the opening laps behind Paolo De Conto (current World Champion), Davide’ Fore (5 x World Champion) and Marijn Kremers (2nd in the AKC Championship). Matching the pace of the leading trio, but lacking in straight line speed performance, Sera was content in fourth place trailing the leading drivers by a couple of kart lengths until an engine breakdown with three laps remaining put a dampener on proceedings.
“It’s disappointing to have an engine let go anytime, but when you’re in a good position it’s a tough break. I felt we made some inroads with the kart in heat two and we were competitive. Unfortunately now we have both our engines on the bench seized!”
Luckily for the DPE Kart Technology team, Project X owner William Yarwood was able to rebuild the engine seized from Friday’s practice and after a couple of run in sessions on the trolley it was good for the remaining three races on Sunday.
With combined points allocating the starting grid for heat three, Sera lined up from position nine. Making a decent start, and tracking the leading drivers in the opening couple of laps, an uncharacteristic mistake saw Sera collide with a fellow driver, causing a DNF.
The final heat race had Sera now back to eleventh position after carding a fifth and two DNF’s. It was a relatively quiet race with Sera jumping up three positions early to eighth where he stayed until the end.
The winner takes all final saw drivers line up for the 16 lap event with Sera’s Deadly Kart on the fifth row of the grid in ninth. Sera made his way into sixth early on in the race, but without the straight-line performance of the drivers surrounding him, it was hard for the current Australian Champion to defend his position from the other drivers. Once Sera fell back to eighth that is the position he would cross the line in what was a somber feeling being his final KZ hit out.
“Once you have two engine breakdowns, you need to be on the conservative side so that you can see out the event. Unfortunately at a track where you are reaching speeds of around 160 km/h and racing against the best in the World, you need to be as close to the edge as possible. The kart handling improved as the weekend went on & I feel a top five was achievable, but we were too safe in the engine department and it hurt us dearly”.
Sera will now turn his focus to next month’s 20th edition of the SuperNats in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where the event will take place at the Las Vegas convention center on November 16-20.
Sera would like to thank his ongoing supporters; DPE Kart Technology, Deadly Karts, IAME Engines, 360fly, Bell Helmets.