Liam Pollard continued his tilt at the Victorian Country Series over the weekend at the newly extended Wimmera Kart Club. Pollard, who had been a continually top 10 runner over the series, was looking to grab more valuable points to his championship.
With former state champions and multiple karting Victoria front runners taking to the event, Liam was up against a quality field of drivers. Pollard hit the track on Saturday afternoon for his all important qualifying session. The track was under wet and tough conditions and Liam was pushing hard to get grip in his kart and make his way up the field. The Hafele sponsored entry was pushing hard and was showing pace just outside the 5 in the session. Pollard was able to come home in position 7 for the session and put him off the inside of the 4th row for heat 1.
Heat 1 was under tough low grip conditions and Liam was looking at making his way up through the field. The DSI Engines powered entry got a great start moving into position 6 on lap 1. Pollard continued to push hard and show good pace, making his way into the top 5 and then 4th spot in the back half of the race. Unfortunate trouble struck on the penultimate lap of the race taking Liam out of contention, ending his race in a DNF.
Pollard started down the order for heat 2 due to his DNF finish. The Hafele backed entry got an excellent start and by lap 2 was up into the top 6 and pushing hard on the drivers ahead of him. Liam had lost ground to the top 5 due to starting back in the field, but he was the 3rd fastest kart on circuit across the race! In an excellent fight back, Pollard was able to cross the line in position 6 overall and he was now looking forward to the final.
The start of the final was always going to be crucial with Liam on the outside of the 3rd row. The DSI Engines powered entry got shuffled back to the edge of the top 10 off the start and had his head down to move back forward. Pollard made moves across the race to make his way back up into the top 5 drivers. Liam put in his best result of the weekend, coming home in position 5 after a nice charge back through the field!
Liam’s father Cameron spoke post weekend on his sons tough qualifying and turn around in racing. “We found a fair bit of pace over the weekend but poor qualifying made it hard to move up in a classy field. Happy with final result considering we got a poor start in the final and a DNF in heat 1”.
Pollard will be on track to contest the final two rounds of the championship!