Iverson Breaks Winning Streak for Williams

Kaydon Iverson managed to put an end to Liam Williams’ winning streak on Saturday night when he raced to victory in round four of the KRE F500 Championship Series at Gatton’s Lockyer Valley Speedway.

Iverson started out of position two for the 20-lap feature race and managed to get the better of pole-sitter and eventual runner up James Kennedy to score the win, with Williams completing the podium in third and suffering his first defeat in the series so far.

It was a strong result for Bryn Upshall, who finished just off the podium in fourth, while Tomas Partington continued his recent good form to finish fifth. Next across the line was Piper Ogilvie ahead of Cameron Bertuch, who made his debut with a solid seventh-place finish. Glen Douglas came home in eighth, with Robert Kite completing the finishers.

Driving the NSW # 42 car which is usually piloted by Ethan Eyears, Nathan Pronger started fourth by virtue of his heat races and was running well until a broken throttle cable forced him onto the infield and ended his night.

Kennedy asserted his dominance early in the night, coming away with two heat-race wins and a second-place finish, as did Iverson, who won the remaining heat race and scored two second-place finishes behind Kennedy. Williams claimed two thirds and fifth, while Pronger achieved two fourths and a third-place finish.

In the Junior Formula 500s, Tarhlea Apelt was the driving force, winning two of the four heat races. The opening heat race was won by Randy Morgan ahead of Nicholas Whell and Nick Hodges, while Boyd Chaffey was victorious in heat race two, with Dakota Gay and Bodie Smith finishing second and third respectively. Apelt proved unbeatable in heat race three ahead of Hodges and Smith, and went on to go back to back in the final heat race ahead of Morgan and Hodges.

The fifth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series will be held at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on the Saturday night of December 10, with the Junior Formula 500s next hitting the track on the Saturday night of December 3 at Archerfield Speedway.

Williams, Kennedy and Johnson Share the Podium

Current and two-time Australian Champion Liam Williams speed to victory in last Saturday night’s third KRE F500 Championship Series round at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, while youngsters James Kennedy and Tristan Johnson visited the podium for the first time in the 2016-17 season.

Starting the feature race from pole position, Williams, who was debuting a brand-new Pace chassis and engine package on the night, continued his dominance, leading the 15-lap journey from start to finish and driving to his fourth victory of the season.

Coming home in the runner-up spot behind Williams, Kennedy finally managed to crack into the top three after spending last season consistently knocking on the door for a podium, while Johnson claimed his maiden podium for the season by virtue of a third-place finish.

The top five remained unchanged for the duration of the feature race, with Kaydon Iverson and Bryn Upshall finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.

Tomas Partington had a good run, crossing the line in sixth, followed by Speedcar racer Anthony Chaffey, whose son (Boyd) raced on the night in the Junior Formula 500s, in what was his maiden appearance in the class. The finishers were completed by Ethan Eyears, Royce Harvey, Brad Van Elswyk and Glen Douglas.

It was a disappointing result for Ryan McNamara and Piper Ogilvie, who collided on lap two of the feature race, with McNamara riding out a huge crash. Both drivers were thankfully unharmed; however, their cars had sustained too much damage to continue and both were forced to retire – particularly McNamara’s whose car suffered substantial damage. Graham Williams was the only other non-finisher in the feature race.

Earlier in the night, heat-race wins were shared between Kennedy, Iverson, Williams and Eyears. The latter put in an impressive performance to take his first heat-race win in only his third meeting in the Formula 500s class.

The hard-luck stories from the heat races were rookie Vicki Canfield, who suffered a DNF in her opening heat race after experiencing chain problems, and Kristin Brown, who blew a head gasket aboard her engine in her opening heat race. Both drivers had their nights brought to a premature end.

Teenager Boyd Chaffey was the dominant force in the Junior Formula 500s, coming away with three out of the four heat-race victories. The remaining heat-race win went the way of Bodie Smith.

The fourth round of the KRE F500 Championship Series is going to be held at Gatton’s Lockyer Valley Speedway on the Saturday night of November 19.