Supported by Wide Span Sheds, Round 2 of the WA F1000 series started off under chilly blue skies on April 23rd.
With some testing in between the two rounds it was looking like we were in store for some competitive racing.
Qualifying was very close, only 4 tenths separating an Arise Racing top 4 lock out. Sam Dicker took pole from a very fast Alex Barboutis. Rookie Aaron Love held pole for most of the session but some traffic in the closing laps saw him drop to 3rd in the final 3 laps. Adam Lisle was close on his heels, as were Chris Ratty and Mike Folwell. This round saw Heinz returning after missing round 1 and getting minimal seat time due to injury.
Race 1 saw Aaron unfortunately break a drive line on the start which left Adam Lisle to chase down the dicing Sam and Alex. Sam managed to hold off Alex until the last lap when Alex pulled off a good move to take the win. Adam was not far away in 3rd, Chris Ratty diced hard for 5th, Mike crossed the line 7th, while Heinz moved up to 8th by the flag.
Race 2 again saw Sam take the lead off the start, this time from P2. A battle was to ensue for the whole race between the two youngsters. Aaron Love was in great form moving from his rear of field start up to 4th and chasing 3rd place Adam all the way to the line. Chris Ratty had a great race taking 6th after a good battle. Mike again had a close race and came home in 8th with Heinz taking 9th.
Race 3 was building some intensity with the battle at the front heating up. Sam again took to the outside off the start but Alex moved in front by turn 4. A little moment by Sam saw Alex get a break and left Sam to chase in clean air for the whole race. Adam and Aaron fought hard all race finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Chris had some of his best pace, relative to the leaders, and took a close fought 6th with Mike and Heinz again having good races to finish 8th and 9th.
With a bit of a break now before Round 3, all of the guys are looking forward to getting some practice in and pushing themselves forward.
We can’t wait.