Corbett stuck wide open at Geelong 17 June, 2003 - There is no questioning that Reif Corbett was ready to go "wide open" last weekend at Geelong to make up for a disappointing start to the Ford KartStars Series but little did he know how "wide...
Corbett stuck wide open at Geelong
17 June, 2003 - There is no questioning that Reif Corbett was ready to go "wide open" last weekend at Geelong to make up for a disappointing start to the Ford KartStars Series but little did he know how "wide open" his throttle would go.
Aiming to consolidate a podium finish in the round to gain valuable points towards the Championship Corbett qualified in 9th position and continually improved his position throughout the heat races.
The 24-year-old began the Pre-Final alongside his INXS Panasonic team-mate Ben Savage on the third row.
Suffering from a sever understeer late in the race Corbett lost several tenths of a second per lap to the leaders dropping him to 10th spot at the finish.
"We made some changes to the kart that definitely didn't work but the good thing is that we have learnt from them and will be better for it in the final," commented Corbett.
But it all the dry weather testing and development counted for nothing when torrential rain soaked the Geelong complex within 10 minutes of the start of the final.
With the ability to race well in any conditions the weather wasn't going to phase Corbett and entered the 23-lap final still confident of making the podium.
However when forming up for the final disaster struck for the South Australian when he discovered he had a throttle stuck virtually "wide open".
Knowing that he had to try and gain as many points as possible in the Series Corbett had to try and man handle his INXS Panasonic kart around the 760 metre circuit for the duration of the event.
Using every ounce of experience Corbett managed to stay on the circuit, which was no mean feat with a perfectly handling kart, by riding the brakes while the throttle continued to jam open.
Despite wearing out a set of brake pads throughout the journey Corbett managed to make it to the finish albeit in 24th position while his team mate claimed the final podium position.
"I just can't work it out, the past two rounds I have had two silly mechanical failures costing me a good finish," said a disappointed Corbett.
"During the form up laps I realised the throttle was stuck and tried everything to stop the kart, I was lucky to actually make it to the start let alone the finish."
"I'm not leaving anything for chance now, I want to be up the front for the rest of the series. The kart will again be stripped back to a bare chassis and again fully prepared for the next round at Ipswich."