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Tyler Greenbury Racing made the trip from Queensland to the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at the Newcastle Kart Club. Greenbury a former multiple time national champion was leading his 3 driver team across 2 classes. The team had grabbed podiums at national and state level but they were chasing that elusive round win in 2022!
Thomas Gallagher and Lucas O’Connor were both competing in the TAG 125 class aboard their Tyler Greenbury Racing entries. Gallagher did a brilliant job in qualifying to put himself in position 6, while O’Connor was just outside the top 10 in position 11. Gallagher was super consistent across all four heats with a 5th in heat 2, a 6th in heat 4 and a 7th in heat 1 his best results. O’Connor had bad luck in his 2nd heat but was able to come home in position 10 in heat 1 and position 9 in heat 4. Gallagher was able to get a brilliant start in the final and make his way into the top 3 in the early stages. Gallagher took the lead on lap 6 and didn’t look back from there leading the rest of the race and coming away with a sensational round win! O’Connor was able to have his best result of the weekend moving up to position 7 by the finish. Gallagher had also done enough to clinch 3rd spot in the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship.
James Raaymakers was the single junior driver for Tyler Greenbury Racing taking on the ultra-competitive KA4 Junior class. Raaymakers qualified just outside the top 20 in position 23 overall in a tough and near full field. James raced around the edge of the top 25 in his opening 2 heats before coming alive in heat 3 and 4. Raaymakers was able to move up on the edge of the top 15 coming away with position 16 in heat 3 and 4. James didn’t get the start he was after in the final being on the edge of top 25. Raaymakers put his head down and stormed his way back up to position 20 by the chequered flag.
Team owner Tyler Greenbury was glowing post weekend on his teams round victory. “Absolutely stoked after the result on the weekend. Coming away with the win at the final round of the championship was a great way to end the series for us. Our team worked hard in the weeks leading up to this event and it was great to see Tom get his maiden round win! Also receiving 3rd in the championship was a mega result for Thomas. Lucas was also very fast over the weekend, a few unfortunate collisions had him starting further back and in the final but he stormed through to 7th with a bent chassis and still posting the 3rd fastest time! Our junior driver James also improved all weekend and went 5 tenths faster in the final after studying data and video throughout the weekend, so it was nice to see him improve this year. We will be back next year to do it all again”. Tyler Greenbury Racing will have a busy finish to the 2022 season and will be back in 2023 for the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship!