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Round 1 - 2014 Australian Superkart Championship
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It was a largely successful weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park for Ilya Harpas. Ilya won 3 of the 4 races, putting in an impressive performance in his first outing in the new Anderson/DEA machine.
Handling gremlins plagued the #29 Your Amigo/Apex Management Superkart during Saturday morning's qualifying sessions. Nevertheless, Ilya posted a time of 1.28.28 to line up second next to defending champion, Russell Jamieson.
 
Some handling tweaks were made before race one to dial out the snap oversteer from the morning sessions. The changes were too dramatic and elicited understeer for race 1. Ilya struggled for outright pace, but benefited from others' misfortunes and came through to take victory in race 1.
Starting race 2 from pole position, Ilya was attacked from the start, but managed to sneak ahead by the third corner. Hammering hard, he kept the speedy Russell Jamieson behind for the remainder of the race to take 2 from 2.
 
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The third and final race on Saturday saw Ilya start again from pole. With further handling tweaks, he was more comfortable in the kart than previous races. This resulted in excellent pace, setting a 1.28.38 en route to a convincing 13 second victory over Gary Pegoraro.
 
The fourth and final heat was held early Sunday morning. Lining up with fresh rubber proved to be a costly mistake for Ilya, as hammered into turn one behind Jamieson, only to be caught out by the green tyres and slippery track, with the kart snapping sideways and power sliding backwards across the track at 220km/h. Thankfully all the karts behind avoided the spinning #29 machine. Ilya was unable to restart his kart and registered a DNF for the final heat.
 
Gary 'Wizzer' Pegoraro finished the round 3 points ahead of Ilya, who sits in 2nd in the championship with one round remaining. Congratulations go out to Wizzer, who drover extremely well over the course of the weekend.
 
The team would like to thank the Jamiesons for their generous assistance throughout the weekend. Ilya would also like to thank his Father, who drove solo from Adelaide to Sydney, and back again with the kart in tow. Further thanks to Barb and Dave Hepworth, whose guidance and assistance over the last 10 years played a massive role in unlocking the pace over the weekend.
 
Although it was an excellent weekend for the team, their thoughts are with Brock Giblin  and his family at this difficult time, following his accident on Friday morning.
 

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