Woolsten sets the pace in KartStars 18 July, 2003 - Victorian driver, Troy Woolsten was the pace setter aboard his 3D Networks kart today during practie for the third round of the 2003 Ford KartStars Series at the Willowbank Karting ...
Woolsten sets the pace in KartStars
18 July, 2003 - Victorian driver, Troy Woolsten was the pace setter aboard his 3D Networks kart today during practie for the third round of the 2003 Ford KartStars Series at the Willowbank Karting Raceway, Queensland.
With all 32 drivers competing on identical Arrow chassis powered by a water-cooled Rotax 125cc Max engine there was more than half a dozen competitors "hot on the heels" of Woolsten.
"The kart felt really good all day long and when the weather got cooler in the early evening it was sensational which gives me confidence considering the Final will be held at about this time tomorrow night," said Woolsten who currently lies in fourth spot on the points table.
Leading the charge by the rest of the pace was Woolsten's CC Racing teammate and current Australian Champion Josh Arandt who was consistently just on a tenth behind Woolstens blistering pace.
"I have been happy with the kart all day long but we've just got to make a couple of tweaks to catch Troy. Qualifying is going to be important but as long as I am inside the top 6 qualifiers I will be happy," commented Arandt.
Along with Arandt Series leader Fuchs Silkolene's Andrew Thompson, INXS Panasonic supported Reif Corbett and Credex racer Wesley May all matched times throughout the day and into the early evening.
But they are all saying that Woolsten looks to be the man to beat come tomorrow.
The third round of the Ford KartStars Series will get underway with qualifying at 11:30am followed by 2 heat races, Pre-Final and Final to be held at 7:00pm tomorrow.
Supporting the Ford KartStars Series is the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series where the country's best Junior drivers will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes across the five rounds.
ARC Junior Sportsman is the top level junior class it was James Love who was the clear pace setter aboard his Jayair supported Arrow kart. Local favourite and dual Australian Champion Ashley Walsh was showing glimpses of some good race pace for tomorrow's events with series leader Jordie Lindstrom not far behing the leading duo.
Other classes in the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series include ARC Junior National Light and Heavy, Sniper Rookies and Comer Midgets.
Willowbank Karting Raceway is located adjacent to the Queensland Raceway 1km off Cunningham Highway (Highway 15) on Champions Way, WILLOWBANK.