Wild and windy conditions for KartStars 13 June, 2003 - The fickle Victorian weather played havoc with practice for the second round of the Ford KartStars Series in Geelong today. Such was the velocity of the wind that many of the drivers ...
Wild and windy conditions for KartStars
13 June, 2003 - The fickle Victorian weather played havoc with practice for the second round of the Ford KartStars Series in Geelong today.
Such was the velocity of the wind that many of the drivers were indicating a two-tenth of a second difference between lowering their head as they went along the main straight to sitting in the normal position.
While a number of drivers were consistently fast throughout the day as expected it is the local Victorian drivers who are showing the best pace.
Following a disappointing run in the opening round last year's Geelong round victor, Taz Douglas has been consistently stopping the stopwatches under the fastest qualifying time of last year in his Douglas Earthmoving supported kart.
"I was disappointed after the opening round and stripped the kart back to a bare chassis to check everything out," said the 19-year-old Victorian. "From the time I hit the track this morning it has been very fast."
Hot on the heels of Douglas are a number of drivers including fellow Victorians CC Racing pair of Troy Woolsten and Josh Arandt.
Arandt however is very philosophical in his approach "Practice is practice, tomorrow is when the real interest will begin, but at the moment we have got some good pace."
After dominating the opening round of the Series Fuchs Silkolene's Andrew Thompson is not far behind the pace as is Sydney Laundry and Dry Cleaning service driver, Adrian "Hollywood" Estasy.
"It turned out a 20c pulse line that cost me a good finish at the opening round and hopefully that is the last of our bad luck for the year," commented Estasy.
"Despite the weather predictions I hope the weather is fine over the weekend."
The action is set to be closely fought over the weekend with up to a dozen karts covered by less than a couple of tenths of a second throughout the day.
These drivers include Peter McNiven, dual Australian Champion Jason Varley, Jack Perkins and three-time Australian Champion, Ben Savage.
Supporting the Ford KartStars Series this weekend will be the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series.
The KartStars drivers will have a further two 10-minute practice sessions tomorrow morning followed by the two qualifying sessions and heat races throughout the day.