CRG Australia’s large contingent of drivers are high in confidence entering tomorrow’s final day of action at Round Five of the Castrol EDGE CIK Stars of Karting Series in Port Melbourne.
CRG drivers locked down the front row during a highly competitive Pro Gearbox (KZ2) qualifying session today thanks to long-time CRG driver Jason Pringle and new recruit under the Shamick Racing banner, Matthew Wall.
Such was the pace of the pair, that they both lowered the lap record during qualifying aboard their Maxter-powered CRG karts – sending an ominous sign to their opposition.
Wall continued this good run of form throughout the heat races, to cross the line first in two of the 16-lap encounters – only to be classified seventh in the final race after being given a penalty for a start infringement. Despite this, he will start from the outside of the front row for tomorrow's opening final.
“It’s been great to be back in the CRG colours this weekend, the last time I drove a CRG kart was way back in 1997. I’ve spent a lot of today learning about the characteristics of the kart and am confident of being able to fight for the round win,” said Wall.
After qualifying in pole position, Pringle recorded three fifth placings during the heat races and as a result will line up on the inside of the third row tomorrow morning.
Reigning Pro Gearbox (KZ2) Champion Tyler Greenbury had a consistent day to finish inside the top five in all three heat races and as a result he will start from third place on the grid in tomorrow’s opening 26-lap final.
CRG Australia’s junior driver Jake Coleman believes he is in a strong position to battle for the round win tomorrow afternoon.
The Sydney driver recorded a third and two fourth placings during the heat races secure a second row starting position for the opening final.
“We’ve been working on the set-up throughout the day and have made some good improvements which I think will help me in the longer races,” said Coleman.
“I’ve got nothing to lose and will be going all out in the two finals to win the round and finish the year on a high.”
In the Australian Leopard Challenge, Jedd Stojakovic moved a step closer to securing the victory in the Leopard Light category with a consistent run during the heat races. As a result, Stojakovic enters the final day with an almost insurmountable 49-point lead.
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