Thompson's stunning victory 26 August, 2003 - The Bryon Bay Bullet, Andrew Thompson is continuing to exceed all expectations across Australian karting and his victory in last weekend's fourth round of the Dunlop Australian CIK ...
Thompson's stunning victory
26 August, 2003 - The Bryon Bay Bullet, Andrew Thompson is continuing to exceed all expectations across Australian karting and his victory in last weekend's fourth round of the Dunlop Australian CIK Karting Championship at Dubbo was nothing short of stunning.
The 15-year-old showed his intentions from the outset of the weekend setting the fastest qualifying time in the 6-speed 125cc Intercontinental C class. It is only the second event that Thompson has competed aboard the highest horsepowered and most sophisticated class in the country.
After his sensational debut in the class at the previous round in Toowoomba all eyes were on the Byron Bay Bullet as he went on to record the victory in all three heats. However it wasn't the just heat race victories that Andrew was after, it was the round win.
Throughout the Pre-Final Andrew had a race long battle with one of the most experienced karters in the country, Tyson Pearce. Showing superb maturity Andrew waited for the perfect opportunity to make the race-winning pass with half a lap remaining to take the victory.
"I was watching Tyson lap after lap and he left half a gap in the middle corner which gave me an opportunity to sneak my way past," said the Fuchs Silkolene driver after the final.
At the start of the final Andrew was upstaged by Pearce and Matthew Sofi to be in third position after the opening turn. Within a matter of laps Andrew found a way past Sofi and set out after race-leader, Pearce who had already opened almost a 50-metre lead within a handful of laps.
By mid race Andrew was harassing the rear bumper of Pearce and snared the race lead with just over 10 laps remaining and from there was never challenged. He simply shot off into the distance to record a sensation al victory in his Arrow kart.
"After the Pre-Final I knew that I had to be at the front well before the last few laps as Tyson wouldn't have given in as easy as what he did in the Pre-Final. It caps off a great weekend," said Andrew on the podium.
Between now and the final round of the Dunlop Australian CIK Championship in October Andrew will be focusing on securing the 2003 Ford KartStars Series Championship at Bolivar in South Australia on September 20/21.