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Jake and Wayne Australian Champions
After having a strong NSW State Championship meeting back in July, as well as consistent Club championship rounds with the New South Wales Speedway Kart Club, the Baines Racing Team of 14year old Jake and father Wayne went into last weekend’s Australian Title meeting quietly confident of doing well at the event.
The result could not have gone any better for the pair as Jake became the 2011 Junior National Australian Champion and Wayne followed this up by becoming the 2011 Australian KT Heavy Champion, a title which he successfully defended .
This was a two-day meeting across the weekend and on Saturday the qualifying heats were important to both drivers as they tried to gain as many points as possible in their endeavours to attain the best possible starting position in the feature race.
Heat 1 for Jake was a pole starting position and he went on to make the most of this advantage, led all 12 laps and picked up maximum points to get his title chase under way.
Wayne, on the other hand, had the worst possible start to his title defence by recording a DNF for heat 1, putting him right behind to eight ball.
In heat 2 Jake would start from position 11 on the grid and, after a race-long battle with Ayden Elliott, he would drive his way to a 6th place finish.
Heat 2 had Wayne gridded 6th and after some very spirited driving he would drive his way through the field to record a 3rd place finish.
The 3rd and last heat on Saturday was scheduled to see the highest points scorers start at the front of the field.
When the grids were posted Jake found himself coming from grid spot 2 making him 2nd highest on points behind Jordyn Brazier. At the drop of the green flag, Jordyn went to the lead and Jake fell into 2nd place and, after 12 laps, that’s how they would finish.
Heat 3 saw Wayne gridded in 6th position again, his DNF in the 1st heat really hurting him as he was now placed 6th on points. As he did in heat 2, Wayne would again find his way to a 3rd place finish behind Donald Stevens and Cameron Coghlan.
The overnight points tally saw Jake in 2nd position and Wayne had worked his way up to 4th after the bad start to the day.
Sunday was a glorious day weather-wise and the track was in perfect condition for such a prestigious event .
The drivers only had one heat to get points to take them to the front of the field for the final.
As Jake was 2nd on points, he had to start from grid position 10. On the first lap he was caught up trying to miss an accident which saw him drop to the tail of the field, meanwhile points leader Brazier was also caught up in an incident which saw him taken out of the race. Jake recovered and went on to record a 7th place finish and that would be enough to see him start pole in the Australian Title feature race.
The fourth heat for Wayne again had him coming out of position 6 and, again, he could only manage to make his way to 3rd place. This would see him 3rd on points and starting the feature from position 3.
Jake was first on track and he was in the best possible position - pole. In the pits, Wayne and Jake spoke about how important it was to get the start and hold low in the first turn and coming off turn 2. Jake did just as discussed and was never headed from that point on. During the race Jake was able to complete 20 perfect laps to go on and record his first Australian Title. After receiving the chequered flag and doing his victory lap, he was meet on the in- grid by his very proud parents.
Now it was Wayne’s turn - Could he defend his title from position 3? Could he make it a father and son double? The answer to both questions was yes.
Just as Jake had done, Wayne was able to take the lead on the first lap of the race and then went on to lead all 20 laps making it a Baines Team Double.
Wayne takes the Chequered flag to retain his Title in KT Heavy
Later at the presentation, both Jake and Wayne thanked Parramatta Kart Warehouse, Hopping’s Mowers, Benson Racing Karts, Rams Race Engines, Stillshots, Showpiece Signs and DTO Raceware for their ongoing support .
Jake takes the Chequered Flag
The next time the boys hit the track they will both proudly display their green plates signifying they are the Australian Champions.
Jake on his victory lap
Wayne on his victory lap
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