Close tussles the order of the day. 3 May, 2003 - While no one driver stood above the rest the action at the opening day of the second round of Dunlop Australian CIK Championship was a closely fought affair at Bolivar Raceway in South Australia...
Close tussles the order of the day.
3 May, 2003 - While no one driver stood above the rest the action at the opening day of the second round of Dunlop Australian CIK Championship was a closely fought affair at Bolivar Raceway in South Australia today.
Formula A Championship leader, Rainer and Leech CRG driver Jason Hryniuk set the pace during qualifying with a 33.976 second lap around the 757 metre circuit.
Narrowly behind Hryniuk was Birel debutant Daniel Elliot ahead of Richard McLeod in his Azzurro.
After dropping back to fifth in the early running of the opening heat Hryniuk charged through the pack to take out the opening heat ahead of Elliot and Matthew Wall who is driving for JT Team Arrow.
McLeod was hampered by mechanical gremlins that forced him down the order and also out of the second heat after several laps later in the day which was taken out in convincing fashion by Elliott.
"The kart feels really good and comfortable," commented Elliot following the days competition.
"I am delighted to be a part of the Birel team with Michael (Patrizi) competing in Europe and so far the whole team has gelled well and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
Local driver Tyson Pearce set the fastest qualifying time (33.929) aboard his TM powered Omega in the 125cc 6-Speed gearbox Intercontinental C class.
He was slow off the start line in the first event to finish third behind William Yarwood and Justin Ruggier in his BRM. Pearce recovered in the second to take a the win ahead of Ruggier while Yarwood took third.
Matthew Sofi had a day he'd rather forget with a floor tray braking in the opening had brake troubles (or lack of brakes) in the second.
18-year-old Glen Powles has begun this round the same way he finished the previous round, at the front. The Trulli kart pilot set the pace with a 34.158 second lap ahead of Top Kart's Dane Rudolph and local driver, Troy Woodger.
Powles claimed the opening heat ahead of the fast finishing Woodger in his MW & TW Woodger home renovations Trulli Kart.
The second race wasn't so pleasing for the local driver when he come together with Kyle Clews late in the race dropping him down the order.
Birel driver, Nick Lowe made a last lap lunge for the lead to take the win in a hard fought affair ahead of Powles. Local driver Eddie Wignall finished third ahead of CRG Kiwi driver Mitchell Cunningham.
"The kart appears to have some understeer through the fast corners which is costing us some time, we will be working to rectify it for tomorrow," said Powles following the day's competition.
The Bass Player Top Kart driver Kristian Lindbom snared pole position by 0.025 of a second from JT Team Arrow's Paul Laskazeski in Junior Intercontinental A. Local driver, Mason Merritt put in a stand out performance to qualify third in his Omega.
Lindbom went on to take out both heat races ahead of Laskazeski while Ben McCashney and Merritt finished third in the first and second heats respectively.
For a full list of the updated results please visit www.auscikchampionship.com and click on the results page.
The action continues tomorrow morning with the third round of heats beginning at 9:30am followed by the Pre-Finals and the Finals to commence at 12:40pm.
Bolivar Raceway is located on Summer Road, Bolivar. (next left off Port Wakefield Road after the Bolivar Gardens Caravan Park).