Australian FKS Oran Park Saturday report

Arandt takes pole, Guest and Woolston share heats 9 August, 2003 - Josh Arandt today become the fourth different fastest qualifier in as many rounds of Ford KartStars competition at Sydney's Oran Park circuit presented by Super Cheap Auto ...

Arandt takes pole, Guest and Woolston share heats

9 August, 2003 - Josh Arandt today become the fourth different fastest qualifier in as many rounds of Ford KartStars competition at Sydney's Oran Park circuit presented by Super Cheap Auto Racing.

Driving the Garden Aspects CC Racing kart the 19-year-old Victorian claimed the pole with a scintillating 41.117 second circulation around the 1100m circuit. Arandt was a mere 0.081 of a second ahead of Newcastle's Ben Guest. Arandt's CC Racing team mate, Troy Woolsten was third fastest (41.183) ahead of Pirtek's John Martin (41.242) and the surprise package Justin Hagen (41.282).

Arandt led the way at the start of the opening 12-lap heat ahead of Woolsten and Guest. While Peter McNiven retired on the opening lap with damage Martin joined the fray to relegate Guest to fourth.

Shortly after Woolsten found his way into the lead and Guest followed his move to snare second place away from Arandt. Just after half race distance Guest maneuvered his way into the lead and held onto a narrow gap over Woolston for the remainder of the event to claim his maiden maiden heat race victory. Woolston claimed second ahead of Arandt and Martin.

The second heat race was halted by an opening turn incident that left Phillip Maxfield with a suspected broken knee cap and a lacerated leg and also eliminated Orccon Steel & tube's Phillip King when the red flag was displayed.

With 10-laps on the counter at the Indian file restart Guest led the field away but within two laps Woolsten found his way into the front running. West Australian 15-year-old, Blake Mills was the big mover charging to finish second to Woolsten and setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Ironically during the red flag stoppage Woolston misplaced his glasses on and they flew off his kart in turn one, somehow staying in one piece "Everything was a little blurry at the start and by the second lap I realised what the problem was," joked Woolston

Mills was pleased with his pace for second setting a faster lap than qualifying "I would have liked another two laps but the kart feels good for the longer races tomorrow," said Mills.

Championship leader, Andrew Thompson started the day by qualifying fourteenth but worked well to finish fifth in the second heat "Qualifying was disappointing and we have basically changed everything on the set up of the kart at some stage throughout the day and the kart is starting to feel good," commented Thompson.

Other drivers to recover from disappointments early in the day were Adrian Estasy who failed to finish the opening heat with an engine problem before charging from 29th to 11th in the second heat and Tom Williamson who passed 12 karts to finish eighth.

The third heat race, Pre-Final and Final will be held tomorrow beginning at 10:20am.

All Ford KartStars competitors compete on identical Australian made Arrow karts powered by Water Cooled Rotax 125cc engines that reach speeds in excess of 100 kmph. To make the competition as even as possible all drivers use Bridgestone tyres and Shell Optimax fuel ensuring that the emphasis is on driver talent and chassis set up.

The Oran Park Circuit is located on the Great Northern Road approximately 5 kilometres West of Narellan and just under an hour's drive from the centre of Sydney.

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Series Kart
Drivers Andrew Thompson , John Martin
Teams Williams