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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”

32nd City of Melbourne Titles

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.


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.