Reif Corbett - World Biland Challenge summary

RC Motorsport's Corbett finishes on the world podium. 8 December, 2002 - South Australian driver Reif Corbett proved that he is not only one of Australia's but the world's elite karting drivers finishing third in the inaugural running of the...

RC Motorsport's Corbett finishes on the world podium.

8 December, 2002 - South Australian driver Reif Corbett proved that he is not only one of Australia's but the world's elite karting drivers finishing third in the inaugural running of the World Biland Challenge at the International Track Ales, South of France.

With all 70 drivers using identical chassis and engine packages Corbett qualified in second position, narrowly missing out on the fastest qualifying time.

Corbett, 24, had a consistent run in the in the heat races to qualify to start the Pre-Final from third position. With a good finish in the Pre-Final extremely important Corbett pressured the leaders but was forced to settle for third and a second row start for the final.

With the rest of the field elected to begin the Pre-Final on new tyres Corbett was one of the few drivers to begin the 25 lap final on new rubber. This decision hampered his performance in the early running dropping him down the order to 9th.

Showing that true Aussie fighting spirit Corbett began to charge his way towards the front to be in fifth position when the race was red flagged before half race distance.

"I was glad to see the red flag come out because I missed the set up of the kart and it was taking far too long to come on," said Corbett.

Aided by the chassis adjustments that he made during the red flag period Corbett continued his charge towards the front of the World Challenge final. With only a handful of laps remaining Corbett had moved into third but there was a large gap between the Brazilian leader, second placed German driver and himself.

Corbett held on for a great third place and in the process has earned an invitation to compete in Brazil next year.

"The chassis changes I made during the red flag were great but I needed to make the kart stiffer so it would come on even quicker," Corbett commented following proceedings in France.

"In saying that though I'm exceptionally happy with coming half way around the world and finishing on the podium.

"It tops off a great year for me and leaves me full of confidence entering the 2003 season."

Reif Corbett's results in 2002 - 10 races for 9 Victories and 15 top 5 finishes.

-rcm-

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