Karting star David Sera marks 17th national crown, tops legend John Pizarro – From the Berwick Leader


David Sera is congratulated by his father George after breaking a new record in Australian karting.

When John Pizarro won 15 national championships during his time in Australian karting in the 1970s and ‘80s, it was thought his record would never be topped.

But those that thought that, never envisaged the skill of Narre Warren champion David Sera.

Sera went past Pizarro at the 52nd Australian National Sprint Kart Championships in Newcastle.

He entered the weekend equal at the top of the all-time winner’s list in the sport, and after a pair of victories in the Clubman Heavy and X30 Light classes he’s now amassed 17 national crowns.

“I probably put more pressure on myself last year when I was trying to draw level with John Pizarro,’’ Sera said.

“This weekend, there was a little bit, but not as much as there was when I was trying to equal him.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the greatest of all-time.

“I might have won the most Australian Championships but that just means I’ve won the most races.

“Myself and the DPE team with Bart Price, Darren Hossack, my Dad, Anthony Bartolo and David Price in the early years, have all played a very important part in all of my championships.”

Sera’s wins came aboard the kart that bears his own name — the Deadly kart, manufactured by DPE Kart Technology.

“It’s a special feeling to win my 16th and 17th titles, but winning them in a kart that has my name on it makes it even more special,” Sera said.

In Clubman Heavy, Sera led home a pair of Queenslanders with Brendan Nelson and Shay Mayes joining him on the podium.

Not even a mid-race restart due to an incident could slow Sera in the X30 Light class as he went on to dominate the 18-lap affair and claim a comprehensive victory ahead of Leigh Nicolaou and his cousin James Sera.