THE MASTER AND THE APPRENTICE TEAM UP FOR STARS OF KARTING SERIES Two of Australia's leading drivers, Matthew Wall and Chris Hays, will team up in an all out assault on the Pro Gearbox(KZ2) Championship in the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting ...
THE MASTER AND THE APPRENTICE TEAM UP FOR STARS OF KARTING SERIES
Two of Australia's leading drivers, Matthew Wall and Chris Hays, will team up in an all out assault on the Pro Gearbox(KZ2) Championship in the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series.
The pair, both of whom are current national champions (Wall -- Clubman Heavy, Rotax Heavy and Formula 100 Heavy, Hays -- Junior Clubman), will be guided throughout the four-round series by leading Australian karting identity Jon Targett.
With 31 year-old Wall having raced, and won, in almost every class of Australian karting the revival of the Pro Gearbox(KZ2) category has re-ignited his passion for the sport.
"I've been around karting for a long time now and have achieved a lot of great results but there is one thing that is missing at the top of my wish list - a CIK Championship," said Wall.
"Now, with the inclusion of the KZ2 spec Pro Gearbox category into the series it has re-ignited my passion to chase a CIK Championship and the sport of karting as a whole. I'm can't wait to get out there."
Wall is also looking forward to working alongside one of the sport's rising stars in the form of Hays.
"Chris has proved in his junior career that he has the makings to be a very successful driver, I'm hoping that we can work together and learn from each other throughout the year," said Wall.
Targett, who has previously tasted success as a team leader in the CIK series with Adam Graham winning the Pro Light(KF1) championship in 2002 and Bart Price the Pro Gearbox(KZ2) in 2004 and 2005, is looking forward to working with the veteran and rising star throughout the year.
"I'm excited about having two of the best drivers under the JT Team Pacific banner once again, Matthew is like the Master and Christopher the Apprentice," said Targett.
Wall will compete in the 2010 CIK Stars of Karting Series aboard an Alfano-backed Arrow kart while Hays will line up in a Vodafone-liveried Tony Kart, which landed from Italy two weeks ago.
Hays has completed two days of testing since the arrival of his kart and Targett, who has worked with the likes of James Courtney, Andrew Thompson and David Besnard, has been impressed with the youngster's ability to adapt to the six-speed gearbox machine.
Prior to turning his hand to a karting mechanic and mentor, Targett was a top-line racer in his own right. He remains as the only Australian driver to have won a round of the European Championship, his victory came against the likes of Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fischella.
"I've got no real expectations for Chris, it is a huge step and learning curve for him. It will be good for him to learn the gears and in the two days that he has tested the kart he has already come a long way," said Targett.
The CIK Stars of Karting Series will kick off in Newcastle on March 5-7 and will incorporate the Australian CIK Championships for the Pro Light (KF1), Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) categories.
Competitors in the Pro Light category will use the 125cc IAME KF specification engine, as used in the 2009 championship that was won by Newcastle driver Hayden McBride. The Pro Gearbox drivers will take to the track powered by a six-speed 125cc gearbox machine while the Pro Junior drivers will use a 125cc Vortex KF3 specification engine.
Driver's looking to register their interest in the series should visit www.starsofkarting.com.au.
Supplementary regulations for the opening round are available under the rules section on the series website, www.starsofkarting.com.au and the official site of the AKA www.karting.net.au
Running in conjunction with the series will also be a Clubman and Junior National category, where competitors will be vying for the East Coast Title, along with one class chosen by the host club. The winner of the Clubman class across the four rounds will also receive a trip to the All Japan Kart Championships later in the year courtesy of the Yamaha Motor Company.