Young New Zealand Karter continues impressive form in Australia. Following on from his impressive debut in round one of the Ford Racing Kartstars Series, young Hamilton based teenager, Chris Vander Drift added a creditable 3rd place overall to...
Young New Zealand Karter continues impressive form in Australia.
Following on from his impressive debut in round one of the Ford Racing Kartstars Series, young Hamilton based teenager, Chris Vander Drift added a creditable 3rd place overall to the 2nd place that he secured in round one. Round two of this prestigious series was held over the weekend of 15th & 16th June at Geelong, near Melbourne.
The track conditions were tough with the weather playing it's part with wet, damp and dry conditions alternating during the weekend. Chris struggled to find a decent set-up during practice and qualified 24th, although only 0.99sec separated the entire field. The opening heats saw Chris battling to make up positions from rear grid starts, his progress hampered by being knocked off the track in several races. "This was Chris's first time out in wet conditions in the Rotax and had no previous experience racing on the Dunlop wet tyres", said Greg Pike, team mechanic. "It took us some time to work out the best chassis and tyre set-up" he added.
The team made some radical changes to the kart set-up for the final and with Chris starting on grid 13 they had nothing to lose. Number 13 may be unlucky for some but Chris put superstition behind him and set about the task ahead. Obviously the set-up changes worked and Chris was able to slice his way through the field in the difficult wet conditions. Fortunately Chris managed to keep clear of trouble and by the end of the 23 lap final he had worked his way up to 3rd place, posting the fastest lap of the race in the process. "I didn't expect to be able to get through the traffic in the wet conditions from such a poor grid position", said Chris. "The set-up was perfect for the final and the motor ran strong, allowing me to really drive hard" he added.
Round three of the series takes place at Raleigh, NSW over the weekend of July 20th and 21st.