Interstate karting driver takes lead late to win class
MOTORSPORT: Sydney driver Pierce Lehane passed round leader Coby Gillis on the second last turn of the pre-final on the way to winning the Rotax light 125 class at the Sandy Creek Raceway.
Lehane qualified fifth on Saturday in the Rotax Pro Tour and then was second to Gillis in each of the three Saturday rounds.
In the pre-final, Gillis led before he was overtaken by Lehane on the second last turn of the last lap.
As pre-final winner, Lehane had pole position in the final and maintained his position to win the final and therefore the Warwick round.
He said pole position was a big advantage in Warwick as the first corner was a 90 degree left turn.
"If you start in position two, you can often drop back to fifth after the first turn,” Lehane said.
At age 23, Lehane is a fitter and turner at Yennora in Sydney "who has a bit of fun karting at the weekends”.
He has won all five rounds this year and has the round at Albury to go when they will race for double points.
Lehane has a big lead in the series but won't be taking any of the 12 free tickets to this year's world championships in Sarno, Italy, if he ends up as the series winner.
He has headed overseas in three of the past five years and won a European championship.
After the presentations around 2pm Sunday, Lehane and his team headed back to Castle Hill in Sydney.
"I hope to get a couple of hours sleep before I go to work in Sydney on Monday at 7.30am.” he said.
He said the support of Farley Race Engines, Kosmic Karts and the family busiuness Lehane Clutches made it possible for him to race. He started in motorsport with motocross before finding kart racing.
Warwick Karting Club president Peter Lane was delighted with the success of the meeting.
"The volunteers in the club were fantastic, the weekend went so well as we had done a lot of planning,” he said.
Lane said the club would again tender for a national round next year.
International Karting official Maddie Black said they would like to return for another round in Warwick.
"Country clubs put on great events with a great atmosphere,” she said.