CIK: Australian series Victoria season finale preview

13 October, 2003 - This year's Dunlop Australian CIK Championship will go down to the wire the wire this weekend at Geelong's Corio Bay Raceway in Victoria. With the Championship Australia's equivalent of the European and World Championships...

13 October, 2003 - This year's Dunlop Australian CIK Championship will go down to the wire the wire this weekend at Geelong's Corio Bay Raceway in Victoria.

With the Championship Australia's equivalent of the European and World Championships where many Formula One stars began their careers the action this weekend will be nothing short of sensational.

In the elite Formula A division there is four drivers who all have a chance to snare the crown including 1993 Champion, Richard McLeod who won the previous round at Dubbo, NSW in August. Despite sitting in fourth in the Championship McLeod has the "never say die" attitude and will be going all out this weekend for the round victory and give himself the best possible chance of overhauling the trio in front of him.

"I've been out to win all year and I would have liked to be a bit further up the order coming into this weekend but I will be doing everything possible to steal the Championship," said McLeod from his Toowoomba base during the week.

If McLeod did steal the Title from Hryniuk's grasp he will become the first driver to win dual Formula A crowns. Some of the drivers who have previously won the Formula A Championship include Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom who both competed last weekend in the Bathurst 1000.

Leading the Championship from the outset has been New South Wales CRG driver, Jason Hryniuk a mere 18-points behind him entering the round is Barclay Holden with Victorian Matthew Wall a mere one point behind.

The Intercontinental C Championship is the closest fought battle with three drivers within 10 points any slip up by Tyson Pearce, William Yarwood and Justin Ruggier and the other two will pounce. These drivers use a 6-speed 125cc machines reaching speeds in excess of 120kmph.

Victorian Trulli Kart pilot, Glenn Powles came tantalizingly close to winning last year's Intercontinental A Championship and this year is on track to go one better with a handy points lead entering this weekend's final round.

New South Welshman Kristian Lindbom has all but sealed his Championship in the Junior Intercontinental A class but any slip up by Lindbom will allow Ballarat driver, Ben McCashney to snare the title.

Practice will begin on Friday followed by qualifying and heat races on Saturday with the finals of the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship to be held on Sunday afternoon.

The Geelong Karting Circuit is located at Beckley Park, Geelong Road Corio adjacent to the Geelong trotting track approximately 5 kilometres north of Geelong.

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Series Kart
Drivers Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Ben McCashney , Kristian Lindbom