Varley breaks the drought at Geelong 15 June, 2003 - Following his career first Ford KartStars podium finish in the opening round of this year's Series 21-year-old New South Wales driver Jason Varley broke the victory drought today taking out ...
Varley breaks the drought at Geelong
15 June, 2003 - Following his career first Ford KartStars podium finish in the opening round of this year's Series 21-year-old New South Wales driver Jason Varley broke the victory drought today taking out the Ford Performance Racing supported second round of the series.
The day started in great fashion for the dual Australian Champion when he claimed the victory in the third heat race ahead of series leader, Andrew Thompson. The fastest qualifier of the round, John Martin finished third in his Pirtek supported entry.
Throughout the Pre-Final the action was frantic and unfortunately for Josh Arandt it was too frantic when he was forced out of the event in the early laps following damage to the front end of his CC Racing/Garden Aspects kart.
Varley, Taz Douglas and Thompson raced side by side, at some points 3-wide, lap after lap prior to a shower of rain dampening the circuit. With the rain the Phillips Foote Restaurant Sik FX driver of Varley simply checked out to earn the right to start on pole for the 23-lap Final.
Douglas finished second ahead of the fast finishing Tim Blanchard, Thompson and Martin.
"The guy in second had the best advantage with the head wind. After dicing for a while I was just sitting behind JV pushing him along on the straight so that we pulled away from the pack, until the shower of rain came," said Douglas following the Pre-Final.
Just as it appeared the circuit would be dry for the final torrential rain soaked the Geelong karting complex while the KartStars crews were readying the Arrow karts for battle in the final forcing a complete rethink of strategy.
The rain didn't deter Varley though leaping into the lead at the start beginning to distance himself from the pack. But the INXS Panasonic driver Ben Savage had other ideas chasing down the leader with a spirited charge to lead his first ever KartStars race.
Unfortunately for Savage his joy was short lived when a sticking throttle forced him into controlling the throttle by hand costing him track time and therefore allowing Varley back into the lead.
"I was driving conservatively for the first few laps and when Ben passed me I was watching the way he was driving and he was letting it all hang out which made me think hey that's the fast way around here," commented Varley.
"Then I could see he was having a problem with his throttle which made it a lot easier."
While Varley disappeared into the distance for the victory the battle for the minors was intense and went down to the wire.
Savage fought on gallantly holding onto second until the very last corner where Thompson passed him. Just behind the pair finished Adrian Estasy, Nick Parker, Blanchard and Arandt who charged from dead last on the grid to claim sixth position.
By virtue of his victory Varley elevated himself into second place in the Championship standings behind Thompson.
The next round of the Ford KartStars Series will be held on July 18/19 at the Willowbank Kart Raceway, adjacent to the Queensland Raceway where the V8 Supercar Championship will be in action on the same weekend.
For the full results please visit www.kartstars.com.au