|press release||15 March 2017|
The second round of this years championship came with some high highs & low lows for the team.
Overall we are super happy with the development of the chassis in all classes.
Ben Jurczak put in a stellar performance over the weekend qualifying 5th fast in his group and going on to finish in a super competitive 6th place in the final on Sunday. In only his second meeting with Praga and the first for his new chassis Ben is looking forward to showing even more pace at his home track in Ipswich for rnd 3.
Above: Ben Jurczak, Rotax Light (pic - Coopers Photography)
Chaos and confusion reigned come finals day for DD2 Masters with the race being red flagged only a few laps in due to a massive down pour. The remainder of the race was then run after the other finals. Both drivers put in a massive effort in trying conditions. Danny Richert qualified on pole finishing second in the final. Benny Lillis fought back from 10th to finish further up the points in 5th spot.
Above: Dan Richert, DD2 Masters (pic - Coopers Photography)
Above: Ben Lillis, DD2 Masters (pic - Coopers Photography)
Kiwi Driver Ryan Wood showed serious pace all weekend consistently posting times matching it with the top 3 and qualifying in 5th spot. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side receiving a drop down penalty and being caught up in a number of on track incidents. Considering Ryan hadn’t done any testing nor had seen the track before it was a solid effort from the kiwi driver.
After a tough first round (chassis write off) Bailey Douglas was able to borrow another chassis but wasn’t able to test the week prior. This saw him up against it for most of the weekend but finished on a high locking in 11th in the final.
Above: Ryan Wood, Junior MAX (pic - Coopers Photography)
It was a front row lock out with the Praga Piccolo (Aussie spec) of Jack Westbury & Hugh Barter taking qualifying first and second respectfully. Both boys showed why this is the chassis to beat in Mini Max this year.
Unfortunately come the final Barter was stuck down with electrical issues, while Westbury crossed the line in first but was excluded from the event due to a tech infringement.
Above: Mini MAX qualifying, Hugh Barter #68 and Jack Westbury #2 (pic - Coopers Photography)
Once again IP Karting would like to thanks all of the Praga/ OK1 driver competing in this year Rotax Pro Tour. We look forward to see you all at round three in Ipswich.
Above: Jack Westbury, Mini MAX (pic - Coopers Photography)