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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.