Drivers lay down the Dunlop Rubber at Todd Road. 28 March, 2003 - With Melbourne's Todd Road circuit a new venue for the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship official practice was bound to create some interesting scenario's, and it...
Drivers lay down the Dunlop Rubber at Todd Road.
28 March, 2003 - With Melbourne's Todd Road circuit a new venue for the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship official practice was bound to create some interesting scenario's, and it did.
From the first time that the elite Formula A class hit the track the stop watches in the pit area were working overtime to see who could adapt fastest to the new Dunlop rubber.
Unfortunately for Queensland driver, John Grother his day started off in the worst possible fashion seizing two engines in the opening two practice sessions.
For most of the day the fastest time of each session varied between JT Team Arrow driver Matthew Wall, Barclay Holden in his Trulli kart, Top Kart's Andrew Tomlinson and Jason Hryniuk aboard his CRG.
Following the final practice session Wall indicated "The new tyre is taking a bit to get used to but it is very consistent and I am happy that we are around the mark already."
Another driver who finished the day full of confidence was Richard McLeod in his brand new Azzurro "I know too well that Friday counts for nothing but things are looking good for the weekend. We have come across a very good set up that the new Dunlop tyres seem to work well with."
In the tough Intercontinental A Class last year's Championship runner-up, Glenn Powles has been the pace setter throughout most of the day in his Trulli kart.
Not far away from the pace that has been shown by Powles in former Junior star, Shane Price and Kyle Clews in his Birel.
"I seized an engine in the first session when a spark plug broke so it is good to know that our other engines are fast enough to be right on the pace, but Sunday is the money day," said the 18-year-old Powles.
Last year's runner-up Paul Laskazeski appears to be the man that all of the Junior Intercontinental A drivers are chasing. After changing chassis in the final session the JT team Arrow driver was clearly the fastest kart on the track.
"It took a couple of laps to get used to the different Arrow chassis but after lacking a bit of grip on the rear end it really seemed to work well," commented Laskazeski.
For the first time in the CIK Championship the Intercontinental C class has Championship status in 2003. South Australian driver, Tyson Pearce is one of three drivers who put in some exceptionally quick times throughout the day.
Matthew Sofi stopped the clocks at an unofficial time of 40.20 seconds around the 960-metre circuit in his CRG Road Rebel. Four-time Australian Champion, Yarwood also showed that he will be a force throughout the opening round of the Championship in his JT team Arrow.
Qualifying begins tomorrow at 9:30am at the Todd Road Circuit that is located in Melbourne on the Northern side of the Westgate Bridge.