Mawson takes two at Rotax NationalsMonday, September 5th, 2011
15-year-old Fujitsu ‘Cool’ Driver Joey Mawson has taken out both the light and heavy division national titles at the Rotax Pro Tour Nationals, held at Geelong’s Beckley Park karting complex on the weekend.
Mawson was the class of the field in the Junior Max Light division and rarely headed all weekend, but his win in the heavy class came on the back of a superb pair of drives in both Sunday races. The finals consisted of thirty lap races, which are among the longest kart races held anywhere in Australia.
36 drivers vied for just 32 starting spots for the J-Max Light final which saw 16-year-old Renee Gracie starting from eighth on the grid after a strong display all weekend. Gracie would be denied a shot at the podium after early contact damaged the steering on her pink and white machine, dropping down the order to finish in a non-representative 17th place, while fellow ‘Cool’ Driver, West Australian Jason Le Cocq, was also caught up in a mid-pack incident.
Mawson’s win caps off what has been a stellar year for the New South Wales youngster, one that has seen him win both the Rotax Pro Tour Nationals as well as the overall championship, and he will now represent Australia at the World Rotax Finals to be held at Al Ain Raceway in Abu Dhabi in November.
Mawson will go head to head with some of the world’s best karters and his win last weekend will give him added confidence as he prepares for the World Finals.
“I can’t believe I managed to win both the heavy and light classes here at Geelong. I couldn’t be any happier and it’s the perfect way to end what has been an unbelievable season of racing. We were always in the hunt in light, but we kept tuning the heavy kart to come off the corners better and the kart was a rocket ship on Sunday. What a day, what a year – I just can’t wait to go to Abu Dhabi.”