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An impressive contingent of Intrepid pilots joined the packed grids and lined up for the first Rotax Pro Tour of the year held at a steaming Todd Road in Victoria last weekend.
There was clearly a great anticipation to kick off the serious racing for the year and a considerable number of challengers and contenders were in the bold orange Intrepid chassis competing in the major classes of Rotax Light, Rotax Heavy, JMAX and DD2.
Rotax Heavy was all about Troy Woolston’s dominance and his speed and race technicality proved he was a class act and untouchable for the weekend’s racing. His results show that from starting off P3 for the first qualifier he took home first after first and was quickest on track by three tenths.
Woolston displayed impeccable skill with flawless drives proving he is an absolute technician behind the wheel and working in combination with his 2011 Intrepid Cruiser chassis and CC Racing engine and support.
Lane Moore finished his Final in 7th which was a remarkable feat considering he was taken out in the pre-final and started the Final in P33, to drive through the pack and finish at 7th. In his first outing for the year Lane showed his 2012 promise with his Finals drive charging past Heavy racers including veteran William Yarwood.
Honorable mentions go to Full Tilt Karting’s Danny Wright who also had prefinal dramas and starting from P34 finished at 16 and Clem O’Mara, whilst he was not in an Intrepid was pitted with the team and in his first ever Pro Tour outing finished 17th.
Melbourne’s Paul Rodgers a consistent front runner for CC Racing, struggled with technical issues through the weekend and found some pace in the Final, charging forward to 6th but then threw a chain which ended his race aspirations.
Trent Moore also struggled with technical issues withdrawing from the Final with his engine overheating in the 41-degree heat. Chris Board had a spectacular roll-over in the opening stages of the Heavy Final and thankfully walked away with only minor injuries.
In DD2 Tyler Greenbury reinforced his abilities as a gearbox specialist with decisive wins against the likes of Pringle, Ensbey and Woolston.
By the pre-final event he had firmly stamped his authority on proceedings and had his competitors scratching their heads.
In the Final, Pringle got the jump on the start and managed to hold Tyler for the first half of the race but with 12 laps to go and his kart coming on strong Tyler made a spectacular pass on Pringle and drove on uncontested to win the final by the length of the long Todd Rd main straight.
Tyler is currently testing his KZ2 and KF1 Bolt Pro Intrepid karts for his 2012 campaign on the CIK Stars of Karting which kicks off later this month and will get additional race fitness joining Lane Moore and competing in New Zealand at the upcoming Trans-Tasman Challenge held at Manawatu Toyota Raceway in Palmerston North over 18-19 Feb.
Intrepid stamped its mark on JMax for the 2012 season with 3 drivers finishing in the top 10 and a host of others almost there. Gold Coast’s Mitch Griffin had an outstanding weekend after a shaky qualifying session putting him on P16 and a DNF in the heats, he charged forward with a spectacular drive in the pre-final that saw him come from P11 to 3rd and he carried that forward again in the Final taking out the 3rd step on the Podium.
Mitchell Gee had a reasonable run in qualifying and showed good pace all weekend consistently running with the lead group. Although a racing incident in heat 1 did cost him some valuable points, he drove a great weekend to finish 8th in the Final after being pushed well back on the start and recovering.
Lachlan McHugh in his first major outing in the Intrepid struggled to find his mojo early but by Saturday afternoon had found some good pace and drove a great race in the Final to come forward from P16 to finish 9th.
Although just outside the top 10 a big mention must go to Matt Smith who was extremely quick in practice and was showing great pace in the early heats until an excursion into the tyres at full pace saw him rebuilding his kart overnight Saturday and into the wee hours of Sunday morning with some help from CC Racing’s Pete Cathcart. He drove the kart to take out 14th in the Final.
The dynamic duo of Josh De Maio and Brad Jenner also both finished in the Top 10 of a huge field of 51 drivers contesting Rotax Light.
Like many racing across the weekend they both struck some on track dramas and unfortunate luck but shone through with strong final results, De Maio finishing 5th and Jenner at 7th in the class field.
Many of the drivers are looking forward to the next Pro Tour outing at Gympie on 23 – 24 March driving in their new 2012 Intrepid models.
Intrepid Australia has received it’s first shipment of the Intrepid 2012 models and the entire first delivery was sold out prior to their arrival.
The versatile new model, the 2012 Cruiser M2 has enjoyed great results already in Europe, America and New Zealand and Intrepid Australia is looking forward to working with our talented drivers to bring them Aussie success.
Pre-orders are being taken for the next delivery of karts as well as building interest in the debut of Intrepid’s high-profile sister brand Praga.
All kart sale and dealer enquiries please contact Ken Bensley on 07 5500 4778.
In international news, Max Verstappen, son of former Formula 1 driver Jos and KF3 Champion joins the Intrepid Driver Program. The youngster joins Intrepid from CRG and will contest KF2 with his ultimate goal moving through the program to take advantage of the pathways that have been created through alliances with Formula 3 and Formula 1 teams.
Multiple European and World Champion, Bas Lammers will switch from Intrepid to sister brand Praga after signing a new contract which will see him as a lead driver for the distinctive blue brand.
The Intrepid racing team for 2012 will focus on the Intrepid Driver Program. The KZ will be represented by Jeremy Iglesias and Beitske Visser, while Max Verstappen and Alberto Di Folco will defend the colors of the team in KF2.
The KF3 includes the largest number of pilots with George Russell, Dorian Boccolacci, Lorenzo Maisano, Samuel Jones, Janneau Esmeijer and Robert Schwartzman.