Ford KartStars season opener preview

Wilson leads the international charge. 15 May, 2003 - When the opening round of the 2003 Ford Racing KartStars Series roars into action at Coffs Harbour Kiwi Karl Wilson will lead the charge of the international drivers. Along with the 30 ...

Wilson leads the international charge.

15 May, 2003 - When the opening round of the 2003 Ford Racing KartStars Series roars into action at Coffs Harbour Kiwi Karl Wilson will lead the charge of the international drivers.

Along with the 30 Australian drivers who will converge from five different states Wilson, one of New Zealand's shining young motorsport talents, will be looking to shine in the one-make series.

Wilson, 19 won New Zealand's Rotax Max Challenge last year and followed that result up with a fine seventh placing in the World Rotax Final in South Africa earlier this year.

After such a stella year last year on the other side of the Tasman Wilson views the Ford Racing Kart Stars Series as the logical step in his Motorsport career.

"The Karts are the same but everything else - the competition, the backup, the promotion - is in another league," commented Wilson.

"Two of the prizes are a drive in the Formula Ford championship which is where I want to be heading. We've done the numbers and in terms of bang-for-your-buck it's hard to beat."

With Wilson using an Arrow AX8 in his New Zealand campaign during 2002 it will be one less thing he has to adapt to when he visits circuits that he may never even heard of before let alone seen.

With multiple drivers entered in the series from New South Wales, nearby Queensland and sole entrants from South Australia and Western Australia there is a wide spread of experience and youthfulness throughout the field.

One of the most experience drivers in the field is 24-year-old Reif Corbett from South Australia who has been the dominant force in Rotax racing over the past 18 months and also finished third in the World Biland Challenge in France last year.

This event will be Corbett's first aboard an Arrow AX8 while many of the other hot contenders have been driving the Arrow AX8 chassis to victory for many events. One such driver is current Australian Rotax Light Champion, Josh Arandt.

Arandt hit a purple patch in his career late last year and will be hoping to continue his great form into the KartStars Series this year.

But Corbett and Arandt will have to contend with the young guns such as Jack Perkins, Cameron Farr and Taz Douglas, just to name a few is they are going to stand on top of the podium this weekend.

In conjunction with the Ford KartStars Series the opening round of the Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz series will be held for Junior Clubman, National Light and Heavy along with Rookies and Midgets.

The Raleigh circuit is located approximately 15 minutes south of the New South Wales coastal town of Coffs Harbour.

The Ford KartStars will roll into Raleigh on Friday May 16 for the opening rounds practice followed by qualifying and racing over Saturday and Sunday May 17/18.

For further information on the Ford Racing Kart Stars Series please contact Adam Klunyk on 03 9545 3944.

Supporters of the Ford Racing KartStars and Super Cheap Auto Junior Blitz Series include:
Ford Racing Australia
Super Cheap Auto
Super Cheap Auto Racing
Edwards Wheels
Comer engines
MIR Racewear
Hyper Stimulator Racing
Alfano
Drew Price Engineering
ARC Race Engines
Sniper

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Series Kart
Drivers Jack Perkins , Taz Douglas