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The final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship was contested at Newcastle,
August 19-20-21.
Going into this event, 15 year old Sydney racer Alex Ninovic was trailing the current KA3
National Champion, Jace Matthews by 3 points. Having a winner takes all attitude, Alex went
about his craft setting up his factory PCR Kart for maximum performance, with the help of his
dad Sash.
Having five timed sessions for all 36 competitors, Ninovic Jnr showed why he is the 2021 KA4
Junior National Champion by topping the time sheets in all sessions.
Only eight minutes would determine the grid, Alex took pole position, 48.535 over Keegan
Frazer 48.624 and Jace Matthews 48.866.
Another dominant performance by Alex who led all 12 laps setting the fastest time 48.979
over Keegan Frazer 49.041 and Jace Matthews in third, 49.085, keeping his Championship
hope alive.
Again, the Hamilton Blackstone Lawyers sponsored driver saw Ninovic take the win and fastest
lap over Jai Brown, Benito Montalbano, Keegan Frazer with Jace Matthews rounding out the
top five.
The racing was intense with the title going to the wire. Current National Champion Jace
Matthews incurred a two grid spot penalty putting him back to fifth leaving Alex first ahead of
Keegan Frazer, Benito Montalbano and Jai Brown.
20 laps would decide who wins the title being crowned the KA3 Senior Champion for 2022.
The atmosphere was electric knowing there would be plenty of action.
Off pole Ninovic would lead into turn one, with Montalbano pushing, Alex was escorted wide
putting him back to fourth. Fighting back, Alex and Matthews had a coming together when
Jace left a gap. From there Alex came back from seventh position to follow race winner Benito
Montalbano over the line in second, ahead of Joel MacPherson, Jai Brown and Keegan Frazer
rounding out the top four.
Following scrutineering to check for Kart legalities, on board footage viewed by officials, all
was cleared and 15 year old ‘Alex Ninovic’ was
crowned KA3 Senior National Champion and
presented with the green Australia 1 plate.
At Sunday nights glitzy presentation dinner, Alex received his trophy, and IAME KA100 Engine, free
admission to the 2023 Australian Kart Racing Championship and eligibility to enter the 2022
IAME World Final in France. On stage Alex acknowledged Karting Australia for putting on the championship, the officials, his
family for their support, PCR Australia, Hamilton Blackstone Lawyers and fellow competitors.

For close to sixty years, being crowned a Champion in Australian Karting has been the pinnacle of the sport. While the karts, safety equipment and the sport as a whole may have changed dramatically, the honour of being crowned the best in your chosen class has not. Having the privilege of the number 1 Green plate on your kart is the highest honour in the sport. Last weekend, we saw another group of drivers add their name to the honour roll while celebrating another fantastic year of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol EDGE.


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