Australia's CIK Karting Todd Road preview

Dunlop CIK Karting Championship to begin in Melbourne this weekend. 25 March, 2003 - Australia's top karting drivers will be in action this weekend when the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship kicks off at Melbourne's Todd Road...

Dunlop CIK Karting Championship to begin in Melbourne this weekend.

25 March, 2003 - Australia's top karting drivers will be in action this weekend when the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship kicks off at Melbourne's Todd Road Circuit.

Now in it's 11th year the Australian CIK Championship is set to be one of the biggest year given the high level of interest from drivers all across Australia.

In previous years the Championship has provided a stepping-stone to many flourishing Motorsport careers. Some drivers that have previously competed in the Championship include V8 Supercar drivers, Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom who won the Formula A Title in 1999 and 2001 respectively.

Formula A is the most elite class of the Championship with karts reaching speeds of up to 130 km/h at the end of the 150 metre straight at the Todd Road circuit.

Following his victory in the recent Victorian Championships Matthew Wall will enter the event full of confidence and is hopeful of a good start to his Championship campaign with Melbourne owned JT team Arrow.

"I think this is my best chance to take out the title especially with my good form of late and the great team I will have behind me throughout the year," said 24-year-old Wall.

"With the first round at my home track, Todd Road I am confident we can start off on a good note but it isn't going to be easy.

"This is the first year that we will be using the control Dunlop tyre and I think that whoever can adapt best to the new tyres in the opening round will take the win. Tyres will certainly be the key."

In addition to Wall the experience of inaugural Champion Richard McLeod, Barclay Holden and the youthfulness of dual Australian Junior Champion, Andrew Thompson and Benjamin Chong Sun will all provide Wall with some tough opposition.

Along with the elite Formula A class three other classes, Intercontinental A, Junior Intercontinental A and Intercontinental C will also begin their Championship this weekend.

Some of the names that are expected to be amongst the front running in Intercontinental A include second generation racer, Glenn Powles and dual Australian junior Champion Shane Price who will be amongst the action at the front of the pack.

In the past Intercontinental A has provided some of the closest racing of the four classes and this weekend should be no different.

Both the Formula A and Intercontinental A classes will be using water cooled 100cc engines while Junior Intercontinental A utilise 100cc air-cooled engines and the Intercontinental C class are powered by a 125cc 6-speed gearbox engine.

All engines used in the CIK Championship are designed and manufactured in the home of world karting, Europe while the chassis are designed and manufactured from all across the globe.

Round One of the Dunlop CIK Karting Championship will begin with qualifying on Saturday Morning with the finals being conducted on Sunday afternoon.

The Todd Road circuit is located on the Northern side of the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Series Kart
Drivers Andrew Thompson , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Shane Price