17th September 2017
Junior Max star, Jac Preston continued his winning ways at the final round of the Rotax Pro Tour at Albury today becoming the first driver to set two pole positions this season.
After winning the previous round at Puckapunyal, the 14-year-old Queenslander, Preston, went on to win all three races across the day also in a dominant display.
A wet qualifying mixed the Junior Max grid and season front-runner, Broc Feeney had to work hard for it after qualifying down the field, he did an exemplary job to finish inside the top three aboard his Kosmic kart.
Another cleansweep from the Tom Williamson Motorsport squad came from Cody Gillis in the DD2 category.
Although he took three wins, it wasn’t without challenges from others. Ryan Kennedy has emerged one of the closest to Gillis, the Queenslander among the top group throughout the day.
Series leader, Joshua Fife has had a litany of problems throughout the first two heats and finished the third heat in fourth despite running out of fuel on the final lap after a fuel line split.
Joshua Car came through the field in all three heats after a poor qualifying to keep his slim chances at a berth in the World Finals come November alive.
The DD2 Masters battle royale between Kris Walton and Troy Woolston continued today, the duo sharing the wins in the Over 32 category. Walton struck first before Woolston went on to win the subsequent two heats, the Victorian showing rare emotion after the third heat race win.
ZCorse CompKart driver Walton’s run in Rotax Heavy remained strong taking all three heats. Lane Moore’s return from injury for Team CRG continued – looking strong up against Walton. Chris Farkas’ weekend was compromised by starting on the second row of the grid, however by the final heat of the day, he was beginning to get a better handle of the new Albury-Wodonga layout.
Series leader Brad Jenner has taken two wins in Rotax Light and finishing second in the other which was taken out by Cody Gillis – who again is doing double duty this weekend. Kyle Bonser finished in the top three throughout the trio of races.
Behind them, they are lining up to challenge for the final podium position come the final tomorrow, including several drivers in contention for one of the three tickets to the Grand Finals.
Mini Max Champion-elect, James Wharton has shared wins with Hugh Barter. Pole-sitter – Will Harper – who set the quickest time during the Top 5 Shootout this morning – has been among the top group as has New South Wales PCR driver, Cody Maynes-Rutty.
Kristian Janev has scored his first Rotax Pro Tour wins in Micro Max. The Benik Kart driver set pole during qualifying and has emerged on top twice in some entertaining races. The other was won by Harry Arnett – who battled with a technical issue in heat one – and is starting to look comfortable, being passed by Janev on the final lap of heat three for the win.
Max Walton has had his best Pro Tour performance to date, qualifying his CompKart on the front row and battling among the top three much to the delight of his ZCorse crew.
Series leader, Russell Mayo and Jonathon Marcusson have shared the spoils in Junior Max Trophy. Angus Wallace as always has been keeping them honest finishing all races third and Jacinta Hoey has been in the top four all day.
Tomorrow, racing begins at 8am at the Albury Wodonga Kart Club on Sheathers Road Wodonga. Entry is free to the public. Updates will be posted to www.facebook.com/RotaxProTour.