Kartstars in Geelong
Australia’s next generation of motor racing stars will be in Geelong this weekend (June 15 & 16) for the second round of the Ford KartStars Series.
Sponsored by Ford Credit Racing, round two of this year’s Series will see a capacity grid of 32 karts take to the challenging Geelong layout.
As part of the event, Ford Credit Racing star and two-time V8 Supercar Champion Glenn Seton, will be on hand to offer advice to the karters.
The driver to watch will be round one winner Clint Cathcart of Victoria, who scored a dominant victory ahead of New Zealand's Chris Vander Drift and Queenslander Scott Auld.
Catchcart took victory in two heats, as well as the Pre Final and Final in Canberra.
“Canberra was certainly a great start to the year, but I’m sure there will be plenty of challengers in Geelong,” said Cathcart.
“The Ford KartStars series is very competitive and with the rules only allowing very minor adjustments to the machines, you have to drive 100 percent throughout the weekend.
“I’ve set goals to further my career in motor sport and I’m hoping that a strong year in KartStars will open the door to greater things”.
In just its third year of existence, the KartStars is the only motor racing series aimed solely at identifying talented Australian drivers and providing them with a clear and direct path, regardless of their ability to raise the significant sums of money required to compete at the top levels.
Instead of simply picking the winner of an existing series, Ford management realised that to really identify talent, a one-make class had to be created where the strength of competition relied on skill rather than money.
The top-four placegetters from the KartStars Series will be put through an intensive evaluation process with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). Two of these four drivers will receive a full season in the 2003 Australian Formula Ford Series courtesy of Ford Racing as well as a day’s testing with the Super Cheap Auto Racing V8 Supercar team of Steve Ellery.
Interest in the 2002 series has been outstanding with two drivers travelling to each round from New Zealand to take part.
“This level of commitment by Ford is bringing Australian karters’ dreams closer to reality,” said Howard Marsden – General Manager Ford Racing Australia.
“The benefits are not just to the final four drivers, as we will send our leading V8 Supercar drivers to each event to offer advise and inspiration to these future stars.
“The fact that Glenn Seton will be at the event is an indication of how KartStars is viewed by V8 teams and this is set to expand further in the years ahead.”
All competitors run the same Drew Price Engineering (DPE) chassis type and the Rotax Max FR125 (cc) engines are dyno tested and then sealed, to ensure they are equal.
A control Bridgestone YGK tyre is used specifically for this Formula, and is the same tyre that was used at the World Max Challenge final and during the Ford series in 2000 and 2001.