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19 May, 2003 - Victorian driver, James Love claimed a well-deserved victory in the opening round of the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series when he took out the Junior Sportsman class yesterday. Love, who was a part of a six-kart battle for the...

19 May, 2003 - Victorian driver, James Love claimed a well-deserved victory in the opening round of the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series when he took out the Junior Sportsman class yesterday.

Love, who was a part of a six-kart battle for the lead throughout the third heat race showed superior pace in the Pre-Final to claim pole for the Final.

When the green light was displayed Love leaped into the lead as Kristian Lindbom slotted into second spot.

As Lindbom become under pressure for the runner up placing it allowed love to break away from the pack and open what would soon become a race-winning gap.

By mid race there was a five-kart freight train that was battling for the minors that included Lindbom, Ashley Walsh, Ben Small, Joshua Scott and Jordie Lindstrom who was on the charge after not finishing the Pre-Final.

While the pack battled behind him Love continued on his way to cruise to victory. Lindbom manoeuvred his way into second over the closing laps while Lindstrom was the hard charger coming from his 14th starting position to finish third.

Jonathan Taylor continued his undefeated run in the ARC supported Junior National Heavy class when he took out the opening round of the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series.

After finishing third in the Pre-Final Trent Laves found a way past Corey Lean at mid race distance to finish second. Lean held on for third.

It was a similar case in the ARC Junior National Light class where Brent Reading was dominant all weekend and finished well clear of his nearest rival in the Final.

Steel Guiliana, Bradley Cady and Robert Munnerley staged a titanic battle for the minor spots with Guiliana eventually crossing the line second narrowly ahead of Munnerley followed by Cady.

In the Sniper Rookies class Leigh Nicoloau; Ethan Bentley, Chaz Mostert and Max carter were never far apart all weekend.

After finishing second to Carter in the Pre-Final Nicoloau claimed the victory in the Final narrowly ahead of Carter and Bentley.

James Kovacic was the pacesetter throughout the majority of the weekend in the Comer Midgets and his pace shined through in the Final to take the victory. Brenton Mountjoy crossed the line second but was later excluded following post race scrutineering.

The demise of Mountjoy elevated Nicholas Foster into second ahead of Mathew Hart.

The next round of the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series will be held at the Corio Bay Raceway in Geelong on June 14 and 15.

SUPER CHEAP AUTO JUNIOR BLITZ SERIES ROUND ONE

ARC Junior Sportsman
1. James Love
2. Kristian Lindbom
3. Jordie Lindstrom
4. Ashley Walsh
5. Ben Small
6. David Sera
7. Joshua Scott
8. Trent James
9. Damien Assaillit
10. Martin Swindells

ARC Junior National Heavy
1. Jonathan Taylor
2. Trent Laves
3. Corey Lean
4. Tim Eagle
5. Ellie Goesch

ARC Junior National Light
1. Brent Reading
2. Steel Guiliana
3. Robert Munnerley
4. Bradley Cady
5. Daniel Reynolds

Sniper Rookies
1. Leigh Nicoloau
2. Max Carter
3. Ethan Bentley
4. Chaz Mostert
5. Brock Hallett

Comer Midgets
1. James Kovacic
2. Nicholas Foster
3. Mathew Hart
4. Matt Brabham
5. Nathan Assaillit

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Drivers Steel Guiliana , James Kovacic , Chaz Mostert , Kristian Lindbom