Pringle & Ward Win DD2 Heats; All Our Juniors Transfer To Finals
Saturday race report and photos on the MAX Challenge website HERE.
Jason Pringle and Damian Ward both won their heats this morning at the Rotax World Finals.
Jason started off grid 2 and lead from the very first corner. He opened a sizeable lead by the time the race was over. It was a very convincing performance and sent a clear signal to the other DD2 competitors that Jason was going to be a force in the finals tomorrow.
Damian Ward also impressed with a win in his third and final heat. After running 3rd for a few laps he made his way to the front and held on for a great win. Travis Millar also did not disappoint, running a solid 8th in his heat to ensure himself a good starting position in tomorrows pre-final.
In Junior Max all 3 Aussies lost ground during their third heat compared to their starting position but the main thing was they all finished and that is a much better result than a DNF. All 3 Junior drivers have qualified for the finals now and there are still two long races to go tomorrow so anything can happen.
Senior Max was always going to be a tough assignment for the three Aussies, who all needed a strong heat this morning to avoid being relegated to the repecharge. Unfortunately it was not to be the case and all 3 drivers ended up in the repecharge. Troy Bretherton drove a smart race from grid 19 to finish 5th and earn himself a spot in tomorrows finals. Steven Scoble and Kyle Ensby were not able to make it through, Ensby actually got into a transfer spot (up to 6th from grid 12) before crashing out while trying to pull off a big move passing two opponenta at the one time.
Tony Prendergast in DD2 Masters continues to improve each and every race and finished 15th from grid 20. "We will make a few more changes to the kart overnight and hopefully we will find a tenth for tomorrow, they are long races and anything can happen" said Tony.
STARTING POSITIONS FOR PRE-FINAL TOMORROW
Each class has 36 competitors remaining and tomorrow will see a Pre Final and then the Final.