17 October, 2003 - After 6 months of intriguing battles the Dunlop Australian CIK Championship will come down to the wire this weekend at Geelong's Corio Bay Raceway with practice beginning today. Entering the round in second place in the...
17 October, 2003 - After 6 months of intriguing battles the Dunlop Australian CIK Championship will come down to the wire this weekend at Geelong's Corio Bay Raceway with practice beginning today.
Entering the round in second place in the Formula A class Queenslander, Barclay Holden was the driver that was setting the pace in the elite class throughout the day aboard his Trulli kart. "Everything has worked perfectly today but it is the next two days where everything has to be the same if the Championship is going to be mine," commented Holden. "We have been working on race set up more so than qualifying pace all day."
The same couldn't be said for JT Team Arrow driver, Matthew Wall who seized two engines throughout the day along with Richard McLeod who come to a grinding halt in the final session. Although having no major dramas Jason Hryniuk was unhappy with his pace today.
"We still have a long way to go before I can say that I will be happy with my pace," said Hryniuk.
In Intercontinental A it seemed like a three-way battle for outright pace between Trulli's, Glenn Powles, PCR pilot Matthew Muller and Nathan Antunes. Powles was very pleased with his performance throughout the day. "It was a typical Friday practice but for once we could work on old tyres all day long without losing too much speed," spoke the 18-year-old Powles this afternoon.
After seizing an engine early in the day Muller was pleased with his pace "Last year I qualified second and this weekend I am going all out to snare second in the Championship."
Championship leader, Tyson Pearce was the pace setter in Intercontinental C while second placed runner, William Yarwood endured mysterious problems throughout the day.
As usual the Junior Intercontinental A drivers matched each others times throughout the day with Kristian Lindbom, Deepal Kandoola, Paul Laskazeski and Ben McCashney all topping the charts at some stages throughout the day.
Qualifying and heat races will be held tomorrow from 11am with the finals of the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship to be held on Sunday afternoon.
The Geelong Karting Circuit is located at Beckley Park, Geelong Road Corio adjacent to the Geelong trotting track approximately 5 kilometres north of Geelong.