CIAN FOTHERGILL CROWNED DUNLOP DRIVER’S DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Kosmic Racing Australia driver Cian Fothergill was crowned the Dunlop Driver’s Driver of the year at the CIK Stars of Karting Series Awards Dinner in Melbourne on Sunday night.
Amongst the 160 attendees were three legends of Australian karting, John Pizarro, Jon Targett and James Courtney, who presented the trophies named in their honour to the champions in each of the Pro categories.
In accepting the Dunlop Driver’s Driver of the Year Award, voted by series drivers on who they believe has been the best and fairest driver of the year and is a great ambassador for the sport of karting, Fothergill was overwhelmed by the accolades from his peers.
“I’m just blown away with this award, to be held in such high regard by my peers is just an amazing feeling,” said Fothergill.
“Last year I was shocked to have won it, so to win it two years in a row was completely unexpected and very surreal.”
In a tight battle for the Trans-West Manufacturers Challenge it was the Tim Craig and Fergus Symes-led Top Kart team that secured a narrow victory over the Kosmic outfit. It is the second year in succession that the Kosmic brand has finished runner-up in the prestigious title. Last year’s Champions CRG Australia, claimed third place.
Tim Craig accepted the award on behalf of the team and dedicated the team’s success to the hard work of all of the team’s drivers, mechanics and supporters.
“This Award is for everyone in the ‘blue’ camp, I thank all of the drivers for making the decision to compete aboard a Top Kart and for all of the hard work by their mechanics throughout the year,” said Craig.
A new team to the Pro ranks this year, Harrington Doyle Racing, took out the Best Presented Team Award while one of their drivers, Brooke Topp, was chosen as the KARTX Magazine Rookie of the Year, narrowly ahead of Lachlan McHugh.
Jace Lindstrom, mechanic for Pro Gearbox (KZ2) competitor Lee Mitchener, took out the Mechanic out the year Award – one point ahead of JAM Racing’s Josh Brooker.
Adam Hughes received the James Courtney trophy as the Pro Light (KF1) champion from the 1995 and 1997 World Karting Champion. Hughes joins the likes of Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, Barclay Holden and Fothergill as former champions of the category.
Pro Gearbox (KZ2) Champion Chris Hays received the John Pizarro trophy from the 15-time Australian champion while Cameron Hill was presented the Jon Targett Trophy as Champion in the Pro Junior (KF3) category.
All three champions will receive $10,000 to compete in an overseas CIK-FIA accredited event. *Conditions apply.
The championship runner-up and third place getters in each of the three CIK-specification categories will also receive their race tyres (second) and entries (third) for the 2013 series supplied to them.
Lenzo Kart Australia driver Anthony Martin was presented with the Dunlop Most Improved Driver Award.
The night also celebrated the winners in the Australian Leopard Challenge and Yamaha Challenge.
CRG driver Jedd Stojakovic took out the Leopard Light category, as his prize he will receive the use of an IAME KF1 engine for next year’s series, while Michael Griffiths won the Heavy category. Griffith receives an IAME X30 engine or the value towards an IAME KZ2 engine as his prize.
In the Yamaha Challenge, James Greenwood’s domination of the Clubman category earned him the trip to Japan to compete in the All Japan Yamaha SL final later in the year. Joining Greenwood on this trip will be Justin Ford, who won his ticket from the random draw of competitors who had competed in three or more of the rounds throughout 2012.
Jayden Ojeda was victorious in the Junior National Light category while Torey Blanch was crowned the Junior National Heavy Champion.
2012 CIK Stars of Karting Series – Awards List
Pro Junior (KF3) Qualifier of the Year – Cameron Hill
Pro Gearbox (KZ2) Qualifier of the Year – Jason Pringle
Pro Light (KF1) Qualifier of the Year – Daniel Rochford
Alpine Stars Hard Charger Award – Cian Fothergill
Pro Junior Heat Race Champion – Cameron Hill
Pro Light Heat Race Champion – Cian Fothergill
Pro Gearbox Heat Race Champion – Kyle Ensbey
Mechanic of the Year – Jace Lindstron
KARTX Rookie of the Year – Brooke Topp
Best Presented Team – Harrington Doyle Racing
Dunlop Kartsport Most Improved Driver – Anthony Martin
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Light Third Place – Justin Ford
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Light Runner-Up – William Hawkes
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Light Winner – Jayden Ojeda
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Heavy Third Place – Reece Davidson
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Heavy Runner-Up – Mitchell Kennedy
Yamaha Challenge – Junior National Heavy Winner – Torey Blanch
Yamaha Challenge – Clubman Third Place – Samantha Millar
Yamaha Challenge – Clubman Runner Up – Brenton Simmonds
Yamaha Challenge – Clubman Winner – James Greenwood
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Light Third Place – Ben Stewart
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Light Runner-Up – Adam Willison
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Light Winner – Jedd Stojakovic
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Heavy Third Place – Travis Martin
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Heavy Runner-Up – Matthew Boylan
Australian Leopard Challenge – Leopard Heavy Winner – Michael Griffiths
Pro Junior (KF3) – Third Place – Thomas Randle
Pro Junior (KF3) – Runner-Up – Jake Coleman
Pro Junior (KF3) – Champion – Cameron Hill
Pro Gearbox (KZ2) – Third Place – Jason Pringle
Pro Gearbox (KZ2) – Runner-Up – Kyle Ensbey
Pro Gearbox (KZ2) – Champion – Chris Hays
Pro Light (KF1) – Third Place – Cian Fothergill
Pro Light (KF1) – Runner-Up – Daniel Rochford
Pro Light (KF1) – Champion – Adam Hughes
Trans-West Manufacturers Challenge – Top Kart
Dunlop Driver’s Driver of the Year – Cian Fothergill