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September 2017

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Sera battles sweltering conditions to win in Taiwan

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18 time Australian Champion David Sera has added a race win in Taiwan to his illustrious career. Sera made the trek to compete in the final round of the Taiwan Rotax Max Challenge in the DD2 class at the Liphao Racing Circuit on the 23rd & 24th of September.

Racing for the Shin Zong Motorsport team, Sera was fastest in practice before losing speed in the important qualifying session to be placed in third behind team mate Ray Yu Wang.

“I’m not sure what happened overnight, but I wasn’t able to replicate the speed I had shown in practice. It was a good confidence boost for Ray to claim pole position and not knowing how the starting procedures work or a DD2 off the line, third place isn’t all that bad.”

The start to the opening heat race saw Ray Yu & Sera lead the race with Sera passing at turn two on the opening lap. From there the former Australian champion was able to dictate proceedings to lead home Ray Yu in second place and give both drivers a front row start for the pre final.

It was good to get the first start out of the way. I missed the jump being in neutral for too long, but once we got going I had the kart speed from yesterday and was able to pull a sizeable gap.”

The pre final was relatively straight forward with Sera getting the jump into turn one and was able to punch out consistent laps to once again take the win by over two seconds.

With conditions in Taiwan being unfamiliar territory to the Australian drivers with temperatures in the high 30’s and humidity around eighty percent, the 15 lap final wasn’t going to be a breeze. Fortunately Sera was once again able to get a break in the opening couple of laps then build on his lap times as the raced progressed. Sera set the fastest lap of the weekend on the second last lap of the final saving something in the tank in the earlier races.

To take the win is fantastic. I came across to help my fellow Australians and they were able to all set amazing results at different parts of the weekend which was rewarding. The track & facility was as good as any venue I’ve come across and everyone was so friendly. I would highly recommend for drivers to get across if given the opportunity!”

The other Australians also fared well highlighted by Ray Hong Wang taking second place in Rotax Senior after qualifying fastest earlier in the day. Ray Yu Wang qualified fastest in DD2 but a crash in the final dropped him down the order.

The hard luck story of the weekend was our Micro Max driver Peter Bouzinelos who after winning the pre final and leading the final up until the final lap hit a lapped driver and flipped. It was a disappointing end to what was a tremendous week to date driving an unfamiliar kart, at a new track in difficult conditions.

Sera’s next race will be later in the year at the SKUSA SuperNats at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in November 16-20th where he’ll compete for the Kartsport North America team in the new X5 Sera Kart.

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Sera embarks on new overseas location

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Having raced in numerous countries around the World over his two-decade career, 18-time Australian Champion David Sera will head over to race in the fourth and final round of the Taiwan Rotax Max Challenge in the DD2 category to be held at the Lihpao International Karting Circuit over September 22-24th.

For Sera, the DD2 category represents a new challenge having never raced the class. He’ll also be in unfamiliar territory driving an OTK chassis for the Rotax distributor.

I was headed over to Taiwan to help three drivers from Melbourne who I have been coaching for the last couple of years. As one of the drivers is also competing in DD2, I thought it would be a good idea to help him by driving in the same category and sharing our data. I’m fortunate enough the local Rotax importer has supplied a package for me although it’s a different type of Green this time around.”

“It’s always exciting racing in a new country against different drivers. Although I may have the experience edge, I have no doubt there’ll be a couple of quick local drivers who will want to win! My main focus is getting the Aussies on the pace and to have a chance at winning.” 

The three other Australian drivers who David will coach are Ray Hong Wang (Senior Max), Ray Yu Wang (DD2) and Peter Bouzinelos (Micro Max).

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Sera pictured with Ray-Hong Wang at the AKC earlier this year

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What we learned from AKC Final Round

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What we learned at the AKC Final Round

  • Rivalries are still fierce

There was a number of categories where the championships were decided in the final race. We saw some minor contact throughout the heat races between KA3 championship combatants Matthew McLean & James Sera as tensions were building. After the final race, McLean greeted Sera at turn one with a “fist pump” showing great respect between the two.

In the X30 category the championship also came down to the final race and with two laps remaining Joshua Car and Marc Tulloch came together with Tulloch crashing into the tyre barriers. Car was later disqualified for his part in the incident but still claimed the championship.

KA4 Light has been about two drivers fighting fiercely for a number of years now and this was no different. Jay Hanson & Cooper Webster have been at each other most events fighting for victory. They came together again with Webster on the sidelines and Hanson crossing the line. A rivalry that will continue into different classes.

  • Kids just race

There was a championship on the line in Cadet 9 but you wouldn’t have known it on track when watching the action. Defending champion Ryan Tomsett and Shamick Racing’s Harry Arnett were locked on points at one stage but both raced cleanly against each other and the surrounding drivers with Tomsett coming out on top. A great show of racing for all to witness.

  • Todd Road deserves to hold the final round

Ok, there was a mixture of changing weather conditions throughout the weekend which claimed half of the TAG Light field in the final. But when you see the whole circuit fencing lined with spectators watching the finals and the Melbourne skyline in the background, it’s a no-brainer to hold the event there. Throw in the fact it’s close to the city, airport and all amenities families need and you have a great facility for karting.

  • Racing for a team isn’t a must

For all the big trucks and marquees witnessed around the pit area, someone forgot to tell Ballarat KA4 driver Jaxson Cox. The Arrow driver drove meticulously in the wet to score his first National round win against a stout field. It’s great to see drivers taking it to the bigger teams.

  • Mechanical heartbreak

Having built a healthy lead in the KA1 championship, PCR Scuderia driver Kyle Henry-Smith would’ve almost been planning his victory celebrations needing to only finish to claim his first Australian Championship. But it would turn to heartbreak when the NSW based driver lost his wheel on the opening lap handing victory in the final and championship to defending No#1 Scott Sorensen.

Dave Sera in action at the final round of the AKC at Todd Road.

Sera finishes on the podium at the AKC Finale

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At the final round of the Australian Kart Championships, David Sera has claimed third place in the hotly contested X30 category.

Being set at the picturesque Go-Kart Club of Victoria on September 1st-3rd, Sera was having his final hit out driving DPE Kart Technologies new X5 development chassis at a track he’s won at on countless occasions.

During free practice on Friday Sera ended the day with the sixth quickest time after earlier topping a practice session.

“We’re in a much better position on Friday than we’ve been at previous rounds. At this stage we’re still learning and getting our heads around what works and what doesn’t.” said Sera.

Saturday morning’s qualifying session was held in overcast conditions and the track was quick. Although Sera posted a faster lap than he’d done to date, the time was only good enough for fifth position overall.

“Our biggest issue this year has been qualifying and not being able to get a big new tyre advantage like some other drivers. To be fifth has us in the race and I’m confident in our race package.”

Heat results of fourth, seventh, third and DNS (reed pedal broke on the out lap) gave Sera a starting position of twelfth for the 20 lap final.

With nothing to lose in the last race of the championship, Sera made a bold move into turn one on the opening lap and found his way into seventh position. From there on in he set about chasing the drivers in front where he found his way past championship leader Joshua Car in fifth.

Nearing half race distance, Sera was into fourth and on a charge to the three drivers in front also towing also championship combatants Car and Marc Tulloch. As the laps were counting down, Sera dived into third place with a pass on local driver Matthew Beninca at turn one. He then chased down first and second but a costly passing attempt on second place ruined his run and hampered the proceeding drivers.

A third place finish was the end result for Sera and his X5, which was some consolation after a tough year.

“I’m not normally one to cheer home a third place finish, but I think in this field to drive through from 12th to 3rd was a good effort. Our kart this weekend showed the speed to win, but a costly DNS in heat four hurt our chances. A massive thanks must go to my mechanic Brad Anderson who has given up his time to help support my racing this year.”

As always there’s a team behind the driver who makes the weekend happen and we’d like to thank; DPE Kart Technology, Brad Anderson, J&A Tuning, B Sport and Sera Karts.

Sera’s next race will be abroad driving in unfamiliar territory in DD2 at the Taiwan National Championships at the end of September.