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Opening round of AKC heats up in Monarto

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The opening round of the Australian kart championships takes place this weekend on February 23-25 in Monarto, South Australia.

Having hosted a championship race for the last three years, Monarto has proven to be a difficult circuit for some drivers to come to grips with. The layout is nearing a kilometre and has a mixture of both on & off cambered corners which can play around with kart setups.

Sera Driver Development will have eight drivers across five classes led by Shamick Racing’s James Wharton in KA4 light. Fresh off his podium at last years Rotax World Finals, Wharton has made the transition to juniors seem like a breeze, winning a race on debut at last months Rotax Pro Tour in Junior Max and featuring inside the top five at time throughout last weekends Winter Cup in Italy.

Cadet 9 we’ll be fielding two drivers with Lewis Cordato from Sydney & Victorian Peter Bouzinelos (Shamick). Both drivers went well in pre season testing, but will need to raise the bar when it counts.

Cadet 12 has over 50 drivers for the opening round which will mean consistent races are the key to a good starting position for the all important finals on Sunday. Kamal Mrad will race under the Velocity Kart Store banner, and we’ll also have Leon Cordato & James Lodge (Shamick Racing) at the event. Mrad is having his first season in the Cadet 12 ranks after last year winning a round of the NSW State Championships.

Our last two drivers are from Taiwan; Jie Kao in KA2 and Ray Yu Wang in X30. Kao had a stellar debut to the championship last year with the highlight qualifying inside the top five in Emerald. Kao also competed at last years Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal.

Lastly, Ray Yu Wang (Melbourne Kart Centre) will look to again improve on last years performance in the hotly contested X30 class. Currently X30 is the premier class in Australian Karting with a world champion & multiple national champions competing. Wang qualified inside the top ten last year, and at times throughout the series was amongst the quickest drivers. With some more experience Wang can be a consistent top six driver.

Sera Driver Development is led by 18 x Australian Champion David Sera who is now looking to coach the next generation of stars in major championships across the country.

You can stay updated to the weekends results through karting.net.au or through the Sera Driver Development instagram.

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SDD drivers embark on opening round of VCS

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The opening round of the Victorian country series will take place at the South West Kart Club, Cobden on February 17 & 18.

Sera driver development will field five drivers across the cadet 9 & 12 classes.

Fresh off his victory at the opening round of the Rotax Pro Tour, Peter Bouzinelos will look to continue the momentum on his first VCS event. Joining Peter in Cadet 9 will be Oakleigh driver Xavier Avramides who’ll have his first race in the SDD colours.

Cadet 12 has a strong field of over thirty drivers from across Victoria & South Australia with Brocklan Parker & Fraser Carr looking to challenge for the podium. Throughout 2017, both Parker & Carr were amongst the leading drivers and having won previously at the Cobden circuit will be going in with confidence.

Alongside Parker & Carr will be new recruit Jake Santalucia who’ll be having his third ever race. Although having never seen the Cobden circuit, Jake will be aiming to gain experience from the weekend and learn as much as he can.

“It’s the first time I’ve been to a VCS event & after seeing how well the organisers have grown the series over the last few years it’s a great to be a part of” said Dave Sera.

The drivers we have formed for the series this year have the capabilities to win races, so I’m hoping the SDD drivers can take home some silverware at the end of the weekend

SDD Drivers:

Cadet 9:
– Peter Bouzinelos #46
– Xavier Avramides #5

Cadet 12:
– Brocklan Parker #7
– Fraser Carr #76
– Jake Santalucia #9

SDD victorious at opening round of the Rotax Pro Tour

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The opening round of the Rotax Pro Tour was held in sweltering conditions at the Go-Kart Club of Victoria over the Australia Day weekend, January 26-28.

Peter Bouzinelos was victorious in the Micro Max class whilst also posting the fastest lap time in qualifying. After missing the start and dropping to third place, Bouzinelos took advantage of a mistake to the leading driver to open up a commanding lead at the finish winning by over five seconds.  The 9 year old Melbourne driver has taken a step up in 2018 after finishing on the podium at the Junior Top Guns event at Oakleigh a couple of weeks back also.

Although a podium or race win wasn’t the fairy-tale ending to his junior debut, Shamick Racing’s James Wharton turned some heads with his raw speed. Having qualified on the front row, Wharton showed his more experienced rivals how it was done claiming a heat race victory. Unfortunately, a mid-race incident in the final whilst challenging for the lead pushed him down the order, the 11 year old World No.3 Mini Max driver showed maturity beyond his years and will be a force in the remaining rounds of the championship.

Ray Yu-Wang stepped back into the DD2 class after his one appearance in 2017 and nearly snuck his way onto the podium ultimately finishing fourth behind European factory driver Jorge Pescador, Rotax Grand Finalist Ryan Kennedy and comeback driver Damian Ward.

Taiwan was also represented in Junior Max with two drivers racing under the Shamick / SDD banner. Jie Kao had his first Junior Max race in Australia and after qualifying lowly down the order found speed as the weekend progressed to cross the line in 8th place. His countrymen Jui-Heng Liang had a tough initiation into the category with a new class, kart and circuit. He crossed the line in 25th.

After a solid three-day test in the lead up to the Pro Tour, Mini Max driver Kamal Mrad was around the top 5 all weekend finishing the final in sixth. It was a good step up for the Sydney based driver having scored a number of podiums in the Micro Max class in 2017.

Sera Development Drivers will now turn there focus to the opening round of the Victorian Country Series in Cobden, before the opening round of the Australian Kart Championships in Monarto, South Australia.

If you want to be a part of the Sera Development Team please email davidsera@live.com.au

 

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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.

 

 

 

The cards aren’t dealt the right way for Sera in Las Vegas.

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The 20th edition of the SKUSA SuperNats took place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on November 16-20th. David Sera competed in the X30 Senior category, which fielded 88 drivers from around the world.

Debuting a new Deadly Karts chassis, Sera topped the time sheets before qualifying, but wasn’t able to replicate the same speed when it counted ultimately finishing with the fourteenth fastest time. “It was a disappointing qualifying for us as we left the kart relatively unchanged from practice, but weren’t able to get the gains as most other drivers” said Sera.

Sera then started the three heat races from the fourth row of the grid carding finishes of 7th (with the fastest lap), 32nd (after a turn one crash) and an eighth. With these results, it would give the Kartsport North America driver a 26th starting position for the main event.

“At times throughout the heat races we showed we had the speed to win. The kart was showing great pace at the end of the races, so we were trying to keep our nose clean until the final. Unfortunately the second heat incident has cost us valuable track position.”

The final was all over after a turn one incident where Sera tried a bold move around the outside that didn’t eventuate. He was able to clear the accident but had bad front end damage, that he circulated around for 25 laps and crossed the line in twenty-second place.

“Knowing we had to make up positions quickly in the final, I had to take a risk at turn one. This time it didn’t come off and I wasn’t able to make an impact. The end result wasn’t a true indication of our potential this weekend. There’s always 2017.”

Sera would like to thank his ongoing supporters who have made 2016 possible; DPE Kart Technology, Deadly Karts, 360fly, Revolution Racegear, Kartsport North America.

Sera creates history with 18th Australian Championship

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David Sera headed towards last weekends final round of the Australian Kart Championship leading the KZ2 title race at the Go-Kart Club of Victoria, Port Melbourne on September 23-25. The Melbourne based racer, driving his own brand of Deadly Karts was able to take home a second place finish in the final which was good enough to secure an 18th Australian title.
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Our preparation heading into the weekend was excellent. We did our homework leading up to the race testing two different chassis designs and had our fellow DPE driver Aaron Cameron there to benchmark against.”

Having being inside the top three for most of Friday’s practice sessions, Sera was confident leading into qualifying on Saturday morning. Sera set the fast times early on in qualifying, before making some critical mistakes whilst other drivers maximised their new tyres. The end result would be the fourth fastest time and this grid position for the heat races.

The 360fly backed driver was able to record an opening heat race victory followed by a second place giving Sera confidence leading into the remaining three races on Sunday.

“Today couldn’t have gone much better for us. Although we weren’t able to put the kart on the front row, we extended our championship lead which is good news!”

Sundays opening heat race was on a drying circuit with overnight rain, where Sera jumped into second position on the opening laps before contact with championship combatant Marijn Kremers forced him wide, losing positions & ultimately finishing in sixth position. The last heat race saw Sera come home behind DPE team mate in third place giving him enough points to secure his 18th Australian championship.

Although we were a little disappointed not to have the speed to challenge for the win, we done enough to seal the championship. Now we can go race the final with no stress about on track positions and put our best foot forward to win the last race of the season.”

Sharing the front row of the final race with Aaron Cameron, Sera got a measly start to fall back to third position on the opening couple of corners. Sera was able to then put some pressure on Jonathan Mangos and make his way past into second position and set his sights on Cameron who had opened up a two second lead. Whilst matching times with Cameron, Sera wasn’t able to make any inroads and at the end of the race finishing second to round off a highly successful weekend.

“I’m over the moon! We’ve had some adversity at times this year and to now know we’ve got the championship is overwhelming. I can’t thank DPE & Darren Hossack for their continued support. None of this would be possible without them.” Said an elated Sera.

Sera has two races left for 2016; the Race of Stars on the Gold Coast on October 14-16 and the SuperNats in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 16-20.

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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