Arrow Impress At 2009 AKA National Titles Arrow Racing Kart drivers enjoyed phenomenal success at the 47th National Sprint Kart Championships held at Sun City Raceway during the Easter weekend. Arrow drivers claimed half of all titles on offer and a number of pleasing podium finishes were recorded by some very talented drivers. Photo courtesy of Ash Budd Photography – www.photowagon.com.au The running of the 47th National Sprint Kart Championships saw Australia’s premier racing Kart continue the success that has become a staple of the Arrow brand for many years. Arrow Racing Karts claimed the Manufacturers Cup with a dominant showing, which produced more than double the amount of National titles achieved by any other brand at the event, highlighted by the Clubman double – winning both the Light and Heavy categories. Longtime Arrow driver Matthew Wall joins fellow Arrow comrades David Sera and Kel Treseder as the only drivers to have won a Clubman, Leopard and Rotax National Championship. Coincidently all three drivers left Townsville with another National Championship to add to their impressive collections, after steering an Arrow Racing Kart first across the line in their respective classes. A special congratulation must also go to Matt Wall for becoming the first driver to claim a National Championship in every major category of the sport, after seeing off no less than 10 current or former National Champions on his way to the Clubman Heavy Title. Wall has the rare distinction of claiming Australian titles in Clubman, Rotax, Leopard, Senior National, Formula 100 and Formula Australia categories. It was very nearly another Arrow 1-2 as Bart Price held second position for most of the Final until losing a plug lead, which dropped the former National Champion back to 12th place. Wall was however joined in the Final top 10 by fellow Arrow drivers Lee Mitchener, Dale Verrall and Jason Varley. Photo courtesy of Ash Budd Photography – www.photowagon.com.au The ever consistent David Sera added another National Title to his growing collection after a hard fought win in the Clubman Light class. Sera battled throughout the Final with fellow Arrow driver Ben Stewart and the pair were close enough to make contact on the final corner of the race, however it was the experience of Sera that stood atop the Final podium, a pleasing 1-2 for Arrow Racing Karts. Steven Scoble made the long journey from Western Australia to ensure Arrow was well represented in the top 10 with a 6th placed finish respectively. It was the second National Title awarded to Sera over the weekend as the Arrow driver was finally recognised for his winning performance in the Leopard Light class during the 2007 National Championships held at Eastern Creek. Kel Treseder was aboard the Arrow X1 for the Leopard Heavy Final and the combination proved to be an unstoppable force as the talented driver lead the field to the chequered flag, cementing his place within Australian Karting’s elite. Treseder was joined in the Final top 10 by fellow Arrow drivers Daniel Stein and Mike Powe in what has become a highly successful class for the Arrow X1. David Sera ensured Arrow would be represented on the podium of the Leopard Light class after a very close battle between a deeply talented field in the Final, Queensland Arrow X1 driver Kyle Ensbey proved his ability with a top 10 finish respectively. In what was arguably the closest run Final the championships have seen, fast finishing Arrow driver Blake Sciberras took the Senior National Light Title by 0.009 of a second. Sciberras steered his Kart to the front of the pack on the last lap and ensured his Arrow XE-28 would not be beaten, with an impressive showing holding off Queenslander Scott Sorensen and fellow Arrow driver and defending National Champion Matthew Waters who finished 3rd respectively. Talented Arrow drivers Tyler Cramer, Dale Beaton, Shannon Price and Dominic Lostitch all recorded impressive top 10 finishes in the Final. Arrow Racing Karts dominated the Junior National Heavy class throughout the event with talented young drivers Darcey Kondopirakis and Macauley Jones leading the way. Kondopirakis was amongst the frontrunners from the outset and capatlised on his blistering form to earn himself the 2009 Junior National Heavy National Championship Title after a strong performance in the Final. He was closely followed home by fellow Arrow pilot Jones who claimed third place after an impressive driving display. The two were joined in the top 10 by a number of Arrow drivers including Joseph Mawson, Chris Farkas, Chelsea Holman, Jarrod Egan and William Sculpher. Controversy surrounded the Senior National Heavy Final when Marshall Watson and Arrow XE-28 driver Corey Lean ended up off track on the final lap whilst battling for the Championship. As it stands the result is under review and the official standings will be announce in the coming days. Lean was the second Kart across the line during the Final in what would be a deserving podium finish, after the Arrow driver led the entire Final. Arrow drivers Nathan Sinclair, Shannon Price, Dominic Lostitch and Matthew Waters were all amongst the first 10 drivers to meet the chequered flag. The team at Arrow Racing Karts would like to congratulate all who contributed to the outstanding results during the 2009 Australian National Sprint Karts Championship. We thank you for your support and look forward to continued success in the future. 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