Formula Rotax Nationals Newcastle summary

2003 Bridgestone Formula Rotax Nationals Price and the Bear take the cash Arrow's Bart Price and Fullarton driver Andrew Walmsley took out the inaugural top 5 for $500 "dash for cash" was held in conjunction with today's opening day of racing...

2003 Bridgestone Formula Rotax Nationals

Price and the Bear take the cash

Arrow's Bart Price and Fullarton driver Andrew Walmsley took out the inaugural top 5 for $500 "dash for cash" was held in conjunction with today's opening day of racing in the Bridgestone 2003 Formula Rotax Nationals at Newcastle.

With the top 5 qualifiers in both Rotax Light and Heavy having one flying lap against the clock around the 1057 metre circuit it was always going to be closely fought but it was "the Bear" Walmsley who had his eyes on the Rotax Heavy money from the moment he fired up his Rotax FR125 Max engine.

After qualifying third Walmsley set the track alight to snare the cash only to nervously sit and watch William Yarwood and Damien Meyer attempt to knock off his time. But it was the local who held strong and took the cash.

"It's a great initiative by the guys at DPE and I'm sure this will make work easier this week but what I am really after this weekend is the green plate," smiled Walmsley at the Presentation.

Price was in a similar situation having to set the time and then watch reigning Australian Rotax Light Champion match his split time through the first half of the circuit. However "the Price was right" for Bart and he snared the cash by a tenth of a second.

With four heats (2 for each driver) in the Bridgestone Formula Rotax Nationals held today it was Price who took two heat wins in Lights with the remaining two being snared by CC Racing pilot, Arandt and Nick Lowe.

Lowe was nothing short of impressive in his victory starting on the third row to then chase down early race leader Arandt and local star Ben Guest for the win. Almost as impressive has been 15-year-old Byron Bay bullet, Andrew Thompson who qualified just inside the top 20 to then move up the order for two fourth place finishes in the heat races.

Hayden McBride continues to impress in his CRG kart running inside the top 5 for the majority of his heat races until a spin in the second cost him valuable spots. Birel driver, Daniel Elliot crossed the line less than a kart-length behind Price in the final heat race proving he will be a force come tomorrow's finals.

The Rotax Heavy heats were dominated by Multiple Australian Champion, William Yarwood. Brett Hobson finished second in the opening event while Walmsley and pole-sitter Meyer filled the minors in the second 10-lap journey.

Racing continues tomorrow at the Mt Sugarloaf circuit with the National Championships for Rotax Light and Heavy beginning at approximately 1:00pm.

The Mt Sugarloaf circuit is located approximately 10kms South West of Newcastle.

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Series Kart
Drivers Andrew Thompson , William Yarwood , Brett Hobson