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Greenbury The Lead Aussie In Egypt

AKA press release

Australian kart racers have qualified strongly for this weekend’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final at the Ghibli Raceway in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The Australian contingent consists of two-time Australian Champion Tyler Greenbury and Nicholas Crawshay in the Senior Rotax category, a trio of competitors in Junior Rotax (Jack Howard, Pierce Lehane and Luke Rochford) along with Jason Pringle and Brinley Gread in the DD2 category.

Greenbury is leading the Australian charge after setting the third fastest time during qualifying. The Queenslander’s time of 1m00.289s was less than two-tenths of a second behind the fastest in the 72-driver Senior Rotax field set by South African Sean Frost. Crawshay was 69th fastest.

“I just have to keep my head down and make sure I get good consistent results in the heats. The big race is Saturday so there is still a long way to go,” said Greenbury.

Rochford was the fastest of the Australian junior brigade by finishing in fifth place after qualifying. Gold Coaster Jack Howard was 16th and Lehane, who hails from Sydney, set the 36th quickest time.

Pringle was in fantastic form for his qualifying session in the DD2 category topping the time sheets in his group. Unfortunately the second group went slightly quicker so Jason ended up fifth overall. Gread had a disappointing run after setting the fastest practice time earlier in the day to finish 46th at the completion of qualifying.

The opening heat races will be contested this evening (Thursday, Australian time) with racing continuing across the next three days before culminating in the World Finals on Saturday.

2009 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final

Pole Edward Jones United Arab Emirates 1:01.151
9th Luke Rochford Australia 1:01.411
16th Jack Howard Australia 1:01.500
36th Pierce Lehane Australia 1:01.725

Pole Sean Frost South Africa 1:00.289
3rd Tyler Greenbury Australia 1:00.478
69th Nicholas Crawshay Australia 1:01.974

Pole Ralph Odendaal South Africa 58.547
5th Jason Pringle Australia 58.794
46th Brinley Gread Australia 59.492


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