Boys makes amends for bad result with flying start
29 September 2014
ALBURY-Wodonga karter Jordan Boys made amends at the Rotax Pro Tour round held at the Sheathers Road circuit in Wodonga after a disastrous round at the Rotax Nationals at Puckapunyal.
The Puckapunyal result put an end to his hopes of making it into the team to contest this year’s world finals.
Boys had some great results, as this was the first round of the ranking cycle for the next world finals where he has elected to progress to the senior ranks of competition.
For the local meeting, Boys raced a PRAGA DD2 kart, as well as his PRAGA Rotax Light.
In a surprising turn of events he qualified on pole in the DD2 class and took out the class win for the weekend.
Boys had only driven a DD2 kart on a couple of occasions and the kart supplied to him from the PRAGA Team he had only driven once in pre- race practice.
Local drivers qualified well.
Boys and his team sponsor Danny Wright from Full Tilt Karting qualified pole for DD2 and DD2 masters respectively, both setting lap records for the Wodonga circuit.
Boys qualified third in Rotax Light, Jack Richardson ninth, Brett Mullavey 15th, Zac Philips 24th and Sam Breen 27th in the 33-strong field that saw as little as two-tenths separating first to 10th on the grid.
Racing was hard and fast, with great race pace and mature driving seeing the locals climb through the field to gain some much-needed series points.
The DD2 campaign was much more successful for the Albury karters.
Wright dominated the DD2 Masters field, running at the front all weekend and coming home with a second place after leading for the majority of the final race.
Boys had a solid run in DD2, being fastest on track in his first DD2 race meeting and only the second time driving a more involved and powerful gearbox kart.
Although his heat results were mixed, consistent lap times and fast pace in the final saw Boys climb through the field of world class competitors to be third by the final lap.
Contact between the first two karts let Boys through to take the win.
Because of the migration of Jmax competitors to the Rotax light class, the Albury-Wodonga Kart Club does not have a competitor in the Junior Rotax Class.
The competition in this class is very strong, with the field over-subscribed at 40 entrants.
The next round of the Pro Tour will be at the Todd Road Circuit at Port Melbourne in January.