November 30, 2012

Ari Bakla wins at Australian EP Onroad Nationals

The usually sunny Queensland saw a rain affected Australian electric on-road nationals weekend that started with a perfectly blue sky but come the qualifiers the weather turned to the worst. Race day Saturday started late due to heavy overnight rain and similar weather on Sunday meant the race director decided to use Monday to run the finals. In the open modified class its was local young gun Corey Broadstock and Chris Sturdy who showed a fast pace in practice but it was Xray’s Ari Bakla who took TQ honors after some close racing in the qualifiers. With Monday being used as the rain day and conditions went back to hot weather. A main 1 saw Ari pull out a gap instantly, and was never threatened. The second final was a different story, Simon Nicholson took the advantage of new tyres and passed Ari on the inside of turn one, winning the final by two seconds. A main number three was a little like the first one, Ari was on new tyres now giving him more grip so he easily pulled away from the field handing him the win and national title.

Open Modified A final:
1. Ari Bakla
2. Simon Nicholson
3. Timothy Lee
4. Chris Sturdy
5. Antoni Caretti
6. Oscar Piastri
7. Corey Broadstock
8. Rhyse Marshall
9. Peter Becket
10. Mark Wallin

Source: Xray []


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