Huge Crash marrs third round of Sparco CIK Championships It was business as usual as the Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships headed to Toowoomba in Queensland for the third round, however the day was marred by a massive incident prior to...
Huge Crash marrs third round of Sparco CIK Championships
It was business as usual as the Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships headed to Toowoomba in Queensland for the third round, however the day was marred by a massive incident prior to the start of the Vega Tyres Intercontinental C first heat, when West Australian Birel driver, Paul Williams, stopped on the front straightaway with an engine problem and was collected at around 110 kilometres an hour by BRM debutante, Kyle Woods.
The sickening impact tore the left hand side from the BRM chassis and caused extensive damage to the rear of Williams' Birel, causing him to pull out for the remainder of the weekend after driving some 40 hours from Perth to compete. The Definitive Racing team ere working feverishly to repair the BRM overnight. Thankfully, both drivers escaped without injury. The BRM team have been given special dispensation from Officials to test the kart first thing tomorrow to ensure the kart is raceworthy.
On track, Bart Price continued his absolute domination of the class, taking pole and both heats conducted today. The second heat he didn't have all his own way. Sydney Redspeed driver, Tom Williamson got a gun start and looked to have the measure of JT Team Arrow's Scott Harrison, putting in his best performance of the season. Price was battling with fellow Arrow driver, Blake Varney, whoput in an unbelievable qualitying to be on the second row of the grid, when the two collided, putting them down the field. Price showed his true class and fought his way back and took the lead with three laps left remaining.
Dunlop Junior Intercontinental A looks to be a Top Kart benefit, with Amrit Kandola setting his third consecutive pole position, with current Australian Champion Kristian Lindbom some two-tenths behind. The first heat ended with a Top Kart trifecta with Lindbom leading the way from the Kandola brothers.
Jake Williams, having made a switch from Redspeed to Trulli, took out a hard fought second heat, which saw Lindbom make a very aggressive move to get in front of Kandola mid race, but ultimately, Williams was the benefactor, making the decisive move a couple of laps from home.
Top Kart's Paul Laskazeski set the pole time in the dying seconds of qualifying in Motor Quality Intercontinental A, from a much improved local, Tim Ball, putting in his best qualifying of the season. Current Championship leader, Ashley Walsh did not have his now customary pace in qualifying, qualifying midfield, however, he struck back in the second heat taking an easy victory in the end.
John Martin was the man they were all talking about however, changing his mount from Arrow to Trulli for this round, Martin took a calculating win in the opening heat, timing his run to absolute perfection to take the win from Ashley Walsh and Laskazeski.
Local boy, James Mann, despite being laid low with a virus all week, is looking confident and should his fitness hold together tomorrow, will be looking to emulate his two podium efforts thus far. Gillard's Ben Walter has had a tough introduction to Motor Quality ICA, suffering with a couple of electrical problems.
Victor Harbour's (SA) Alex Schultz has continued his bad run of luck in his Omega, the exhaust coming adrift in the opening heat, and being collected by Leah Unsworth in a somewhat ambitious passing effort in heat two.
The premier class, Dunlop Formula A, saw Barclay Holden start in the perfect way, setting an average lap speed of 100 kilometres per hour in Qualifying and continued that on, taking both heat races. His Championship nemesis and current leader, Pieper Motorsport Birel's Daniel Elliott has not had the best start to his weekend, qualifying down the order, then not even starting the second heat with what seemed to be a carburettor problem.
CRG driver, Mitchell Cunningham, struck back to finish both heats in second position after a dismal start to his season. His team-mate, Jason Hryniuk, who has had a similar start to the season seems to be getting things back on track, finishing fourth in heat two.
Victoria's Glenn Powles had a great start to the weekend, qualifying on the front row, but had a poor start in heat two and worked his way through to finish third. North Queensland's Matthew Muller was on the second row of the grid, the PCR driver's best qualifying effort of the season. Meanwhile, Matt Wall's weekend in the Arrow was looking very promising early on, however he dropped back through the field in the latter stages of the heats. Jason Burns qualified poorly, however worked his way through the field in his Redspeed.
Tomorrow will see the third heat, pre-final and final for the third round of the Sparco Australian CIK Karting Championships and the Sparco Rookie Challenge.