Superb Start for Motorsport News KartStars Round 2 The second round of the 2005 Motorsport News KartStars Championship got away to a magnificent start today at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, with local driver, Kristian ...
Superb Start for Motorsport News KartStars Round 2
The second round of the 2005 Motorsport News KartStars Championship got away to a magnificent start today at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, with local driver, Kristian Lindbom dominating proceedings, however with two 27 lap finals to be contested tomorrow, Lindbom is under no illusions that he will have it all his own way.
"It's been a great start today, but, to be honest, I'm not really getting too excited. Everyone else has closed the gap, they've been getting faster with every session," observed Lindbom, referring to the majority of KartStars competitors, who, ironically have never laid eyes on the 1024 metre ribbon of bitumen in Western Sydney.
Second on points after the three heats contested today is Melbourne's Michael Sam Abay, driving for CC Racing. Abay had some tight tussles throughout the three heats - Cameron Thorpe in particular was looking strong, however losing a wheel in the second heat has cost the Victorian, who represented Australia at the Rotax World Finals in January, considerably. He will start sixth.
Former multi-Junior State Champion, Jason Pringle, put in a very aggressive run after qualifying fifth. He will occupy row two along with Bradley Tyrrell, from Tokoroa on New Zealand's North Island. Tyrrell was one of the real quiet achievers of the day, so too Queenslander Simon Smith who will start seventh.
Lindbom started the day well in the rejuvenated Motorsport News KartStars Series, which utilises a controlled Arrow AX-8 Chassis, control Rotax 125cc water-cooled engine and Bridgestone Tyres, setting the pole time in qualifying with a time of 40.859, 0.389 ahead of Abay. Thorpe and Tyrrell shared the second row of the grid.
Lindbom was undefeated in all three heats. In the opening heat, Pringle was second from Thorpe, Abay was pushed back to fourth, with Tasmanian Ben Walter moving up to fifth.
Heat two saw Abay hang onto second by just two tenths, Pringle third, with Tyrrell fourth. Fifth placing was Trent James, who crashed out of the opening heat after a coming together with Lee Mitchener.
The third heat was the closest of the day, Abay just under three seconds behind Lindbom, who was a little over a tenth in front of Thorpe with Pringle and Smith rounding out the top five.
The two finals should provide an interesting battle, especially if the Victorians continue their rapid improvement from today, however Lindbom is proving to be the class of the field thus far. Abay is certainly keeping his eye in to continue on with his championship lead from the opening round at Geelong last month.
The first final for Motorsport News KartStars will be conducted at 11am in the morning, with the second final rounding out the day at 1pm.
JUNIORS MAXING OUT AT EASTERN CREEK!
The Rotax Junior Max Challenge is proving to be a tough battle with no clear favourite emerging just yet, with two finals of a 23 lap distance to be contested tomorrow.
The battle is being fought out between Jono Taylor, a Victorian and Nicholas Foster, a Queenslander. Both drivers, exceptionally experienced, fought tooth and nail throughout the three heats, Taylor emerging victorious in two of the three, therefore assuming pole position for tomorrow's opening final.
Phoenix Racing Karts' Robert Munnerley will start on row two, with Birel driving Queenslander Kyle Ensbey starting along side. Current Championship leader, Luke Ellery, isn't having the best weekend, experiencing problems prior to the opening qualifying session and starting each heat from a lowly eighth. He will start tomorrow's opening final in fifth.
Another Victorian, Dean Matheson, driving for CC Racing was very impressive during his heat racing, however was shuffled back by his fellow competitors on occasion.
Taylor started the second round of the Rotax Junior Max Challenge in fine style setting the pole time of 41.774 from Foster, 0.5 seconds behind. Ensbey and Matheson shared row two, with Matthew Jackson and Robert Munnerley on row three.
With both Taylor and Foster going at it toe to toe, the final positions are far from being resolved, with third placing up for grabs.
Tomorrow's Rotax Junior Max Challenge opening final will begin at 9:50am, with the concluding Junior Rotax final getting underway at 11:50am.