11 February, 2003 - Following a sensational year in 2002 Reif Corbett last weekend showed his opposition that he will again be a force in 2003 with a convincing victory in the Portland Grand Prix for the second year in a row. Last year's victory...
11 February, 2003 - Following a sensational year in 2002 Reif Corbett last weekend showed his opposition that he will again be a force in 2003 with a convincing victory in the Portland Grand Prix for the second year in a row.
Last year's victory at the event was in elite Formula 100 class while this year Corbett took the honours in the tough Rotax Light event.
After qualifying a mere one-tenth of a second behind the current Australian Champion, Josh Arandt, Corbett was full of confidence entering the opening heat. He then went on to take out both heat races after race long battles with Arandt with fellow South Australian Tyson Pearce not far behind the leading duo.
In the Pre-Final Corbett didn't let of the pressure to take the victory and earn the all important pole position for the final.
At the start of the final Corbett jumped into the race lead and was never challenged to run away with a convincing victory as Arandt and Pearce had a race long battle for the minors.
Corbett's victory earns him a free entry into this year's Ford Racing Kart Stars Series.
"It is a great relief on the budget to know that I have the entry to the Kart Stars, I have been planning to run in the series throughout this year and now I know my spot is sealed," said a delighted Corbett after the event.
"The weekend has just been a dream come true. We haven't changed a thing on the kart since we unloaded it on Friday, the CRG chassis worked a treat all weekend.
"With the same start to last year which turned out to be a great year for me and the Lightning Karts team I hope we can continue to dominate the Australian Rotax scene."
Corbett will next be in action at the City of Adelaide Titles on March 1/2 at Bolivar Raceway.