REECE SIDEBOTTOM - AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIPS – ROUND 1 - RACE REPORT Penrite Blog Post

Posted on 15 Feb 2016


This weekend saw the senior debut of 2015’s KF3 Australian Karting Champion Reece Sidebottom. Reece joined the recently renamed KA1 class in Dubbo, New South Wales at the first round of the Australian Kart Championships.

Sidebottom, with 12 state titles under his belt and a national has been given the opportunity to drive this weekend in a class he is particularly excited about.

RS: “This is the top non gearbox class in the world, so getting used to the power these new Vortex Engine’s pump out along with the extra grip is something any driver wants more of, but generally I’m excited about the entire weekend and being back in a kart.”

The KA1 class is gaining momentum with the new direct drive Vortex Rok DVS engines. Paul Feeney of PFG which import the new Vortex Rok DVS Engines says ‘

PF: “selecting Sidebottom to represent the brands involved was an easy decision. Reece is a gentleman of the sport, a driver that provides fantastic feedback and when it comes to racing he knows when and how to win.”

With a string of achievements under his belt including 10th position at last year’s World Championship, Sidebottom has an aspiring career ahead of him.

Competitors in the elite non gearbox field include McLellan the current KA1 Australian Champion, Sorensen current State Title honors and Belgian import Kremers ranked 8th in the world in KZ2.

 

PRACTICE

 

 

This was the first time Reece had driven in Seniors and with this kart and engine. The engine had only 20 minutes of 'stand run in' time. Using the 1st session to bed the engine and ascertain seat, peddle and positon comfort.

Time

48.798

 

Position

8th

 

 

 

   

Practice 2

With engine and general setup complete, this session was to calibrate telemetry and begin defining correct chassis and RPM parameters.

Time

48.213

 

Position

6th

 

 

 

   

Practice 3

The first session capable of pushing the limits to reach optimum RPM, chassis and performance window prior to final practice session dry qualifying run.

Time

47.669

 

Position

3rd

 

 

 

   

Practice 4

Final changes made and new set of tyres to produce a qualifying setup for the following morning.

Time

47.067

 

Position

1st

 

 

Reece now in Italy contesting the Winter Cup driving for the Ricciardo Kart Team will begin testing for Round 2 of the Australian Kart Championships later this month, before the event March 25, 26, 27 at Hume International Raceway, Puckapunyal Victoria. 

 

Australian Kart Championship

Standings

 

1

Reece Sidebottom

75

2

Marijn Kremers

55

3

Liam McLellan

38

4

Scott Sorensen

36

5

Marc Tulloch

36



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