PODIUM FOR TOMY RISKY & STRATOS MOTORSPORTS IN MANILA- ASIAN KARTING OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (AKOC) 2011 ROUND 4
This last weekend was the fourth round of the prestigious Asian Karting Open Championship 2011 held in the Philippines at the Clark International Speedway.
Malaysian team, Stratos Motorsports, was there with Malaysian Daniel Woodroof who competed in the Formula 125 Open Junior (KF3) category and Indonesian Tomy Rizky Adrian who competed in the Formula 125 Open Senior (KF3) category .
A typhoon brought very wet weather to the track on the testing days and for the event itself. Racing conditions were difficult for the whole weekend and on Sunday it initially looked like there would be no racing at all. The track itself was not designed as a kart circuit but for speedway & drag racing. The wide track, long straights and sweeping bends created a very fast track for karting. Local drivers who know the track well were at a distinct advantage.
During qualifying and the heats on Saturday both Daniel & Tomy were running mid-field as they struggled to adjust to the track. Sunday brought heavier rain and there were extensive delays but with the cancellation of the races for the local championship being run at the same time, it was possible to run the pre-final and final races for all the AKOC categories.
In the pre-final Daniel was pushed off onthe first corner resulting in a bent axle. Despite having to start at the back for the final, he battled his way through the pack to finish sixth overall. A very credible result in difficult conditions.
Tomy had a great run in the pre-final to finish third, and continued this in the final with a 4th place and a podium. This is Tomy’s first year of competitive karting and his first ever podium finish. To achieve this against such tough international competition shows what a promising driver he is. He topped that by also getting the fastest lap in the final race.
Stratos Motorsports has now packed and shipped equipment for round 5 (last round for 2011) of this event which will be held in Macau on December 10/11, 2011. Both Daniel and Tomy will be competing in that event.