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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.

 

 

 

First KZ Australian Championship Looms for Sera 

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As drivers embark on the final round of the Australian Kart Championships at the Go-Kart Club of Victoria on September 23-25, Melbourne’s David Sera looks to re-write his own record of National titles at the event.

KZ AustraliaSera currently has seventeen titles which dates back to 1995 when he first started and victory at the final round at Todd Road will make it number eighteen. Sera currently leads the KZ2 championship by 23 points over Patrizicorse teammates Chris Hays and Marjin Kremers with young Canberra driver Joshua Fife 43 points adrift in fourth.

 

Heading into the final round of the AKC, I’m really looking forward to competing at a circuit which I have done endless amount of racing laps around and won numerous titles at. Todd Road has a special place within me, it’s only ten minutes from where I live and we’ve conducted a lot of our chassis development through DPE Kart Technology there in the past.”

 

Having dominated the opening two rounds of the championship at Dubbo, NSW and Puckapunyal, VIC, Sera has toiled away at the last two rounds struggling with a mixture of kart balance and engine dramas. With all this behind him, Sera hopes to reignite the form that saw him win eight of the opening ten races in the series.

“It was put the icing on the cake to win a KZ2 Australian Championship. The class is seen as the pinnacle in karting and having finished second previously, I want to make sure I can etch my name onto the Jon Pizzaro trophy.”

In the lead up to the event, Sera will embark on a couple more test days to fine tune the chassis setup and be fully prepared for when the interstate drivers arrive into Melbourne.

All the racing will be captured and shown live online through www.karting.net.au

Sera on the podium at City of Melbourne Titles

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The 32nd City of Melbourne Titles was held at the Go-Kart Club of Victoria on August 12-14, 2016, where David Sera claimed a podium finish in the strongly contested TAG Light category.

Drivers were treated to practice on Friday with Sera placing his Deadly / IAME X30 package around the top ten but not setting the world on fire. “I was able to run through a good testing program today which entailed different variations in sprockets, exhaust flexes & kart setup. Without Daniel Rochford being present today, I’ve had to try as much as I can to help as both this weekend”

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Saturday’s first on-track session was the all-important qualifying with 35 drivers entered for TAG Light. Sitting just outside the top ten for the early part of the eight minute qualifying, Sera produced some quick laps in the final stages to move into second position and seal himself a front row starting position for the opening two heat races. “I timed my quickest laps very late in the session. I got stuck behind some slower karts early on, so I had to be patient and time the run of the new tyres. The outside starting position is actually quite good here at Todd Road, so I feel we have a good shot at it.”

 

Heat one was held on Saturday afternoon and the opening heat race tussle between current TAG Light Australian Champion Brad Jenner and Sera brought spectators to the fence. The two drivers traded the top two positions on multiple occasions throughout the ten-lap race, with Jenner coming out on top by the barest of margins.

 

Heat two saw drivers greeted with wet conditions after Melbourne’s overnight rain. This played into the hands of Sera, as he used every ounce of his 20+ year career to good use to drive away from the field early on before closing out the victory by just over one second. After the two heat race results of a second and first place, this handed Sera a pole position for the pre-final.

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Jenner got the jump on the way to turn one with Sera nestled into second position, but that didn’t last long with Wayne Bourke making a pass for second on the opening lap. With the parity in engines (Rotax vs. IAME X30) working for drivers in different parts of the circuit, Sera had to bide his time behind Bourke before pouncing just after half race distance of the twelve lap journey. By this stage, Jenner had pulled away to a race winning lead with Sera coming home in second place and fellow X30 competitor Zac Soutar in third.

 

After making some small adjustments to his Deadly kart in the lead up to the main event sixteen lap final, Sera knew he had to pounce early on the start to try dictate terms from the front and not let Brad Jenner out to a comfortable lead again. As the strong 35-kart field received the green light it was Jenner who got around turn one in first place, with Sera on his bumper. Having sat behind the current Australian Champion for the first five laps waiting for an opportunity to arise, Sera couldn’t match the speed of Jenner and had to settle for second place at the close of the event. Teammate Daniel Rochford worked hard over the weekend to round out the podium in third place.

 

“In the end we didn’t have the speed to run with Brad this weekend. The Rotax engine seemed to be better suited to Todd Road and I just couldn’t match him in some critical sections of the circuit. Some consolation is the fact we were the first X30 home and it proved a good weekend with Dan coming home in third. I think we will be in good shape for the final round of the AKC Championships next month.”

 

Sera would like to thank his loyal supporters for their continued efforts in providing him the best equipment; DPE Kart Technology, Deadly Karts, J&A Kart Tuning, 360fly, Bell Helmets & Xzuit.

 

Final 1 victory turns to final 2 despair for Sera!

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The second round of the CIK Stars of Karting championship was held at Bolivar Raceway, South Australia on the 4th & 5th of May, where David Sera took out his first finals victory since returning to the series in the premier KZ2 class.

With rain greeting drivers all of Friday, the five timed practice sessions were held under difficult conditions. Sera placed his Deadly chassis in first for the initial practice session, and second for the remaining four, to finish only behind 2011 KZ2 World Cup winner Joey Hanssen.

wet“This was my first drive behind a KZ2 kart in wet conditions since 2010! There is a lot going on out there with gear changes, four-wheel braking, and different race lines all to get used to again. Overall I’m very pleased with how the day has turned out” said Sera.

Saturday brought about a drying circuit as the KZ2 class hit the track for their ten minute qualifying. With lap times dropping each circuit, Sera placed his kart in fourth, which was enough to secure a spot in the top five shoot out. With two flying laps timed, Sera had to abort his first flying lap with brake bias issues. Once he was able to fix this issue, the Melbourne based driver set his sights on lap two and was able to move his way up to third position. Three heat races were set for Saturday, with Sera carding results of third, third and ninth.

“Unfortunately a setup adjustment heading into the final heat race didn’t enable us to have enough speed to stay with the leading drivers. We will endeavour to go back to basics with the setup and hope to challenge for a podium finish tomorrow.”

Two 34-lap finals were set for the final day of racing on Sunday. All CIK drivers were allocated two sets of new MG yellow tyres, with drivers electing when they would use their second set. Sera chose to utilise his second set of tyres in final one to make the most of his row two starting position.

After making a good start and passing Hanssen on the approach to turn one, Sera was able to maximise his superior grip levels to open up a race winning lead early on in the 34-lap final with Kel Treseder and Hanssen battling out for second and third. As the laps went on, Sera dictated terms in the lead and cruised to victory. However, Sera’s first KZ2 final triumph was marred by an after race incident with Hanssen, resulting in both drivers losing championship points.

“We put the kart back to a neutral setup and it definitely had a lot better balance on the new tyres. Having opened up a large lead early on in the race I was able to cruise the last ten laps to try and save as much tyre life as possible.”

Final two was set to be a baptism of fire with Sera lining up on pole position, Treseder on two with Hanssen in third. With a rocky start, Sera exited turns one & two in third place. Holding a defensive line on the approach to turn three, Sera received an aggressive shunt from the proceeding drivers, forcing him out wide on the exit. Hanssen was making his way past Sera when the current championship leader made contact with Sera’s Deadly chassis, forcing him into the tyre barrier & out of the race.

“What can I say? After receiving many bumps into turn three and being just about pushed off the circuit, I didn’t have the same exit speed as my competitors, but the lack of sportsmanship displayed on the field this afternoon was very disappointing” said a fired up Sera. “This weekend we didn’t have the fastest kart, but we were doing our best to salvage as many points as possible. It’s just guttering to lose a lot of championship points so early on.”

After the altercation Hanssen was found guilty and penalised for the on track incident which left Sera to rue his lost championship points.

The next round of the CIK stars of karting championship will take place at the Hume International Raceway in Seymour on June 15 & 16.

Record Breaking Weekend At The AKA Nationals For Sera !

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The 2014 Australian National Sprint Kart Championships will be go down in history for David Sera after he overtook John Pizzaro as the most successful kart driver in Australian history, claiming an unprecedented 16th & 17th national title at Cameron Park Raceway, Newcastle on the 18th, 19th & 20th of April.

Description: photo(15).JPGHeading into the event, Sera was tied on fifteen Australian championships with Pizzaro who had held the record since the late 1980’s. Competing aboard his own Deadly® range of karts, Sera qualified fastest in both Clubman Heavy & X30 light. “Qualifying went exceptionally well for us as we were able to maximise our speed on the new tyres. To qualify nearly three tenths faster than our opposition in Clubman Heavy is nearly unheard of with the quality of drivers in the class!”

The heat races were mixed for the Melbourne based driver, with a mechanical issue forcing him to the sidelines in heat two of Clubman Heavy but pairing that up with wins in heats one & three gave Sera a starting position of six for the fourteen lap pre-final.

Things ran slightly smoother in the X30 Light class for Sera starting from pole position for the three heat races, the Deadly Karts driver carded a second, first and first to secure pole position for the pre-final.
“I’m fortunate that the mechanical issue in heat two hasn’t forced me to start further back than sixth! The opening heat race of X30 Light was all about driving conservatively and saving my tyres for later in the weekend. The opening few laps we were driving at over one second slower than I qualified.”
Sera started the Clubman Heavy pre-final well and had moved his way up to second within the first five laps and was trying to chase down race leader Shay Mayes. After setting fastest laps along the way, Sera was able to reduce the one second lead to be trailing the bumper of Mayes. After eyeing off his competition for a few laps, Sera made one last attempt at the race win trying to overtake Mayes with an ambitious move that couldn’t be pulled off, enabling the front two karts to cross the line unchanged.

X30 Light was a great race for Sera and his Deadly ‘Vegas’ chassis edging clear in the opening laps to have a sizeable buffer over his opposition which he was able to control until the race end.
Description: IMG_0830_2500wide.jpgSunday morning greeted the drivers with sunshine leading into the 20 lap main events. Once the top ten introductions took place, Clubman Heavy was the first class of the day for Sera. Starting on the unfavourable outside front row, Sera was forced to slot into third exiting the opening corner but didn’t waste long getting past former Clubman Heavy Australian Champion Shayne Piper into turn two.
Knowing he had superior speed to his opposition in the opening laps of each race compared to the end, Sera made a bold move past Mayes for the race lead down the back straight. Once able to dictate terms up front, posting his fast lap times early in the race, the long time DPE Kart technology driver opened up a large gap to the rest of the field. Sera maintained this gap for the remainder of the race, crossing the line first and becoming the first driver in history to claim a sixteenth Australian Championship.

“Heading into the final few laps knowing my opposition wouldn’t be able to catch me was a nervous feeling as you start thinking about the outcome before it’s happened! Crossing the line was a surreal experience,
and gave me even more determination heading into my X30 Light final; why stop at the record!”  Said an elated Sera.

The start of the X30 Light final couldn’t have worked out any better for Sera maintaining his pole position to lead the opening few laps. After starting to edge clear of his opposition, the red flag was brought out to attend to drivers who were caught up in an incident. This forced all the karts back to the pits where they would have a single file restart. With thirteen laps left, Sera lead the field away and after driving defensively for the opening lap, was again able to open up a buffer that fellow Victorian Leigh Nicolaou and cousin James Sera were not able to bridge. Sera crossed the line over one second clear of Nicolaou to take out his second championship of the day and further increased the record to seventeen Australian championships.

An absolutely amazing weekend! To walk away with two pole positions & two victories, you couldn’t have written the script better. To be able to win my record breaking titles aboard my own brand of kart is also something very special and adds to the whole event.”

Description: photo(14).JPGDavid would like to thank DPE Kart Technology, Deadly Karts, KTEQ Rentals, J&A Kart Tuning, Adidas Motorsport & Xzuit for their continued support. David’s next race will be the second round of the CIK Stars of Karting Championship in KZ2 at Bolivar Raceway, Adelaide on the 3rd & 4th of May.

To keep up-to-date with all of David’s racing be sure to check out his new website at www.davidsera.com.au

Tough run back for Sera at KA Champs

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David Sera’s return to the Karting Australia Championships didn’t go as smoothly as he’d liked competing at the Corio Raceway, Geelong VIC on the 1st November 2015. Being only his second start for the 2015 season, Sera showed glimpses of speed throughout Friday practice topping the opening session and finishing the day the third fastest. “Having not tested or driven at Geelong in a KZ kart for over a year we were quite surprised to be sitting at the top of the time sheets in the first practice. After making some changes and putting new tyres on, we were happy to be third at the end of the day and confident we can get close to making tomorrow’s shootout.”

Cold and wet weather conditions greeted drivers for Saturday mornings ten-minute qualifying. Sera took his Deadly Kart to the front of the pack to get some clear laps and was setting times within the top five positions before contact by another kart forced Sera to watch the remaining few minutes from the sidelines as the conditions became drier and faster. This ultimately placed Sera in fifteenth position to start the three heat races. “Fifteenth isn’t a true indication of how fast our kart was. It’s a shame we got involved in an incident, but in difficult conditions these things happen.”

With Geelong being a circuit notorious for tight racing around the 760m circuit, passing was hard to come by and Sera was able to take advantage of some other drivers misfortunes to take home eighth place after the twenty lap opening heat race. Heat two saw a few bad kart setup adjustments prevent Sera from moving forward to take out fifteenth then the final heat race on Sunday morning the DPE Kart Technology driver worked his way forward to ninth place.

After calculating the three heat races to determine the 33 lap final grid positions, Sera would start his Deadly / JT Engines package in tenth place. Making a good jump off the start line and missing a first corner incident Sera was into eighth on the opening lap. With all drivers utilising a brand new set of MG tyres passing was hard to come by. Sera made his way past the Birel of Josh Smith before picking off Troy Loeskow into sixth spot and that’s where he found himself at the end of the race. “Sixth is a decent result after qualifying down the order. We were still a couple of tenths off the fastest karts so no doubt there’s more work to do over the off season”.

The next and final race of the year for Sera will be at the SuperNats in Las Vegas, Nevada where he will compete in Tag Senior for the KartSport North America team. Sera has placed on the podium three out of the last four years.