CIK: Australian Todd Road qualifying report

Tomlinson tops the tables in CIK opener. 29 March, 2003 - Top Kart pilot Andrew Tomlinson confirmed he will be a definite force in this years Formula A Dunlop Australian CIK Championship dominating the opening days proceedings at Melbourne's ...

Tomlinson tops the tables in CIK opener.

29 March, 2003 - Top Kart pilot Andrew Tomlinson confirmed he will be a definite force in this years Formula A Dunlop Australian CIK Championship dominating the opening days proceedings at Melbourne's Todd Road Circuit.

After winning two of the four rounds last year the Sydney driver set the fastest qualifying time of 40.352 ahead of JT Team Arrow driver, Matthew Wall with Michael Patrizi, and Azzurro pilot Richard McLeod two one-hundredths of a second behind.

Tomlinson led the field away to lead the way from Patrizi. Heading up the hill for the second time Patrizi was forced wide as Wall took over second and Patrizi dropped down the order.

Wall closed in on the race leader but wasn't able to make a challenge for the lead as Tomlinson went on to take the win. Wall finished second ahead of Trulli kart driver, Barclay Holden.

In heat two Tomlinson once again led the field through the opening turn ahead of Patrizi. Wall took over second into the pit corner on the second occasion. Patrizi seized an engine a lap later as Wall took over the lead momentarily.

Tomlinson went on to take the win ahead of Wall and last year's Junior Intercontinental A Champion, Benjamin Chong Sun.

"The tyres have taken a bit to get used but I think we are in good shape for tomorrow as we have made good progress throughout the day. Every time Matt Wall closed in on me I was able to pull out another gap," said Tomlinson.

There was action of plenty in Intercontinental A with Nick Lowe setting the pace in his Birel kart qualifying ahead of Shane Price and Kyle Clews.

Price and Lowe exchanged the lead on several occasions throughout the event with Lowe holding on for a narrow win ahead of Price and the fast charging Powles. Trulli kart drivers were the fastest on the track with Powles, Leah Unsworth and Eddie Wignall topping the fastest lap chart.

Price led the way through the opening turn of heat two before Lowe relieved him of the front running to then go on and take the win. Price failed to finish due to engine troubles and Kyle Clews succumbed to a snapped chain. Powles took second while Unsworth passed Alex Schultz late in the race for third.

After setting the fastest qualifying time in the Intercontinental C class Ashley Slavkovic missed the start to allow Matthew Sofi into the lead. On lap 2 Sofi snapped a chain ending his event allowing Tyson Pearce to take over the race lead.

Pearce was passed late in the race by Yarwood to hold on for the win Pearce claimed second ahead of Slavkovic.

Justin Ruggier drove a superb race to carve through the pack in his BRM chassis to finish a fine second to Sofi in the second event. After running second for the majority of the race Pearce took finished third ahead of Slavkovic and Yarwood.

In Junior Intercontinental A Paul Laskazeski set the pace during qualifying but endured carburettor problems in both heat races resulting in a DNF and a last place finish.

Heat races were split between Ballarat Trulli kart driver Benjamin McCashney and CRG pilot Daniel Erickson who was impressive to take the second event. McCashney backed his victory up with a fine second ahead of Ashley Walsh.

Racing in the opening round of the 2003 Dunlop Australian CIK Championship will continue tomorrow morning with the third round of heats beginning at 9:30am followed by the Pre-Finals and Finals.

The Todd Road Circuit that is located in Melbourne on the Northern side of the Westgate Bridge.

-dacik-

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Series Kart
Drivers Shane Price , Michael Patrizi , Daniel Erickson , Tom Andrew