AUS: Eastern Creek Sunday summary

PERFECT WEEKEND FOR LINDBOM IN MOTORSPORT NEWS KARTSTARS Sydney's Kristian Lindbom completed a perfect weekend in Motorsport News KartStars today, taking both 27 lap finals at Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway after enduring some...

PERFECT WEEKEND FOR LINDBOM IN MOTORSPORT NEWS KARTSTARS

Sydney's Kristian Lindbom completed a perfect weekend in Motorsport News KartStars today, taking both 27 lap finals at Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway after enduring some early pressure.

"I'm very happy to have come away with the two wins this afternoon," the 15-year-old, five time Australian Champion said at the conclusion of proceedings. "I was quite worried the other guys might have caught up after the heats yesterday, which they did a little, however I just had to keep things cool and concentrate on what I had to do."

Coming away with two second placings after a very solid weekend was Victorian, Jason Pringle. Pringle, who had never laid eyes on Eastern Creek previously, was challenged by the 1024 metre circuit. "Man, it's tough out there," said the multi Junior State Champion. "It's so hard to learn this circuit and very difficult to get some sort of rhythm going. When you think you've got it nailed, you go out the next lap and hit one of the ripple strips and it costs you two tenths! All credit to Kristian though, he put in a strong effort throughout the weekend and deserves the wins."

Third placed overall was the CAMS Rising Star for 2005, Jordie Lindstrom. Lindstrom, who partners Pringle in the Pro-Karting team, was all at sea yesterday, however with some of his fellow competitors falling out in the opening final, he was able to secure a second row starting position for final two, one which he capitalised upon.

"We had a pretty difficult start to the weekend," said Lindstrom. "But there were a few incidents in front of us which allowed me to move forward and ultimately end up on the podium in final two. Kristian was strong throughout the weekend, it is his home track, so we all expected a tough run here, especially considering we haven't been here before, so hopefully we can get one up on him next time."

The opening final saw Lindbom predictably lead through the opening set of corners, with Michael Sam Abay following him through. The Dutton Direct/CC Racing driver, who lead the Championship coming into round two, stuck close by Lindbom, the local driver unable to pull the advantage seen in the heats yesterday. Abay's charge was to come perilously short when he was in sight of the Chequers, pulling out after he felt his engine tighten up.

Abay's misfortune handed second to Pringle, with third going to New Zealand driver, Bradley Tyrrell, both of whom kept their cool after an almighty battle was going on behind them, four karts were nose to tail for the majority of the race, the quartet split up just after mid race distance when Trent James rode over the back of Cameron Thorpe on the corner leading onto the main straight, eliminating both of them, James' kart sustaining some significant damage after slamming the safety catch fence.

Earlier in the race, Tasmanian, Ben Walter saw his charge end after a coming together with Simon Smith. After Walter gave the young Queenslander a piece of his mind, Smith carried on to finish in tenth placing.

The top five in final one consisted of Lindbom first, Pringle second, Tyrrell third, Lindstrom fourth and Victorian, Lee Mitchener fifth in his second KartStars campaign.

Final two saw Pringle and Lindstrom eager to displace Lindbom from the top of the podium, the former in fact taking the lead at the end of the opening lap.

Lindbom, though, proved to be all class, moving in front of his Victorian nemeses and assuming the lead midway through lap two, which would prove to be unassailable.

Behind him, however, it was on for young and old, with a number of minor battles being played out across the 27 lap distance.

Lindstrom and Pringle were engaged in open warfare, decided in Pringle's favour.

All eyes were on Cameron Thorpe as he charged from the rear of the field to fourth, setting the fastest lap in the process, the final lap seeing him catch right up to his fellow Victorians, another lap would have seen him trouble the podium.

Bradley Tyrrell was ensconced in a lonely fourth placing for the majority of the final, however was left in Thorpe's wake, before he drifted into the clutches of Lee Mitchener, who threw out all the stops to take fifth position on the final corner.

Abay had an exciting battle with Jessica Golding and Zac Schonberger, however was unable to finish as high up in the top ten as he would have liked, a small mistake seeing him down in ninth placing, the battle resolved in the favour of the only female racer in the field.

The top five in final two was Lindbom, Pringle, Lindstrom, Thorpe and Mitchener.

TAYLOR-MADE JUNIOR MAX FINALS FOR JONO

"I just had to keep my head down and not worry about what was going on behind me," said Jono Taylor, the winner both finals in the Rotax Junior Max Challenge at Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway today. "There was a fair bit going on, but I just wanted to concentrate on taking the win."

Taylor, who was driving for DP Karts, traded blows throughout the opening final with Queenslander, Nicholas Foster, ultimately being decided in favour of the Victorian.

Behind those two, Championship leader, Luke Ellery, fought back from his poor qualifying yesterday, crossing the line third in front of Robert Munnerley in his Phoenix Kart, the Birel of Kyle Ensbey and the Arrow of Dean Matheson, who started quick, faded throughout the mid sector of the race and came on strong towards the end, the quartet entertaining throughout the 23 laps.

Final two once again fell to Taylor, but it too wasn't without a fight. Foster's charge didn't last long at all, falling off the track in the opening set of corners - it would have to be a strong fightback for the experienced young Queenslander, although he was rattled by his trip through the Eastern Creek marbles.

Taylor tried to open an advantage, but Ellery and co were intent on spoiling his party. It was the suspects from the first race - Ensbey and Ellery were engaged in the battle for the minors, each sharing the lead with Taylor. The Melbourne-based CC Racing driver, Matheson, caught the pack and fought out a battle to the end, ultimately being rewarded with a podium for his efforts. Taylor took the win from Ellery and Matheson, with Ensbey fourth and Foster recovering for a fine fifth, the highlight for him a strong battle with local driver, Matthew Jackson.

Motorsport News KartStars and the Rotax Junior Max Challenge will reignite for round three at Ipswich International Kartway, adjacent to Queensland Raceway, across the weekend of July 21-23 as part of the Pettaras Press CIK Championships.

All competitors in Motorsport News KartStars and the Rotax Junior Max Challenge are fighting it out for a test drive (one per category) with the Red Bull Formula BMW Juniorteam at the end of 2005. The prize will include a two-day Formula Ford test with Borland Racing Developments in preparation for Portugal and the KartStars victor will receive a test drive with the Ellery Racing V8 Supercar Team, with Borland Racing Developments, a long time supporter of the Drew Price Engineering inspired KartStars Series.

-www.kartstars.com.au

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Drivers Matthew Jackson , Sam Abay , Luke Ellery , Kristian Lindbom