After a recent podium at the opening round of the Golden Power Series, Liam Pollard was off to take place in his second series of 2022 the Victorian Country Series. Pollard was running the TAG 125 Heavy class and was looking forward to getting back out on the South West Kart Club circuit.
Saturday afternoon was the starting point for the Hafele backed entry for the all-important qualifying session. Pollard hit the circuit and immediately the pace was hot across the class! The DSI Engines powered entry was doing everything he could to get as far up the grid as possible, sitting in the back end of the top ten. The team didn’t quite have the pace or the kart in the window setting the ninth fastest time of the session, with work now to do on Sunday.
Starting at the back end of the top ten, Liam was looking to achieve a smooth get away and make up spots. Pollard had a lighting start and moved straight up into position four! The Moment Landscaping backed entry dropped down a position but continued to run inside the top five in a much-improved effort from his qualifying spot. In an excellent turn around, Liam managed to come home in position five overall, four positions up on his starting spot and setting faster laps then he did in qualifying!
Pollard now further up the grid was looking to make his way forward once again. The Hafele backed entry got a great start and settled into the top five once again. Liam was doing a great job showing strong pace in the first half of the race. Pollard had an unfortunate mechanical issue in the back end of the race costing him time and pace. Liam still did a great job coming home inside the top ten in position eight.
Pollard was now determined to make his way back up inside the top five by weekends end! Pollard, starting out of position eight, got a great start and immediately put himself into the top five karters! The DSI Engines powered entry was working well and pushing the top four as far as it could go. Liam and the team didn’t quite have the pace to go with the top four drivers but was pulling away from the rest of the field! Pollard came home with a strong top five finish of fifth place overall and great points for his championship.
Liam’s father Cameron spoke post weekend of the nice fight back throughout the weekend. “It was a good turn around in the end. Mixed classes in qualifying hurt us as we struggled to make space and get our best lap in. He made his way up to top five in heat one. A mechanical issue hurt us in heat two but he was able to get back in the top five by the final. We didn’t have the pace of the top four guys but we’ll come back at the one and try to get on their terms”.