Tune-up ahead of Italian job
REIGNING Pro Gearbox (KZ2) champion Tyler Greenbury enjoyed a successful send-off before he jetted to Italy yesterday morning.
The Queensland karter secured victory in Round Three of the Castrol EDGE CIK Stars of Karting Series at the Ipswich Kart Club on Sunday.
The Toowoomba driver fended off challenges from Gladstone opponent John Grother during the early running of the main event before 2010 series champion Matthew Wall snared the runner-up placing.
"I couldn't be happier with the debut of the CRG kart," Greenbury said.
"I knew we had to fight hard given the pace that Johnny Grother showed to win the opening final.
"I knew that I needed to get the lead as soon as possible and then protect it and control the race.
"I'm very excited about next weekend in Italy, in particular looking at the competition with many of the top drivers like Davide Fore, who is a multiple-time world champion and will also be in the CRG team.
"It's going to be a great experience and really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead."
Victorian Adam Hughes secured his first victory in almost two years when he crossed the line first in the Pro Light (KF1).
He finished ahead of fellow Kosmic drivers Cian Fothergill and reigning champion Jake Spencer.
"I was very happy with my pace in the opening final but over the moon to have backed it up in final two and take the win," Hughes said. "I'm now only three points behind Daniel Rochford in the championship standings and there's now two very important rounds to go."
In the Pro Junior (KF3) ranks, Canberra driver Cameron Hill won his second straight round. He leads the championship ahead of Jake Coleman who finished third. Top Gun Racing's Joseph Burton-Harris finished second.
With new championship leaders in two of the three Pro categories - Pro Gearbox (KZ2) and Pro Junior (KF3) - and only three points separating the top two in the Pro Light (KF1) standings, the championship chase has never been closer.
In the Challenge categories, victories went to William Brown (Junior National Light), Nicholas Andrews (Junior National Heavy), Jason Burns (Clubman), James Macken (Leopard Light) and Brendan Nelson (Leopard Heavy).
The next round of the series will be contested at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway on July 28-29.