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Monday 1st August, 2011 - 9:49am

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Tyler Greenbury

Tyler Greenbury on his way to victory at Newcastle. Pic: AF Images/Budd

Intrepid driver Tyler Greenbury has rocketed into contention for the Pro Gearbox (KZ2) title with victory in round four of the CIK Stars of Karting Series presented by Castrol EDGE at Newcastle on the weekend.

Greenbury took the win in the opening final in front of fellow rising star Macauley Jones before crossing the line ahead of defending series champion Matthew Wall in the second 25-lap main event.

Greenbury’s win moved him into second place in the standings – a mere four points adrift of Kel Treseder, who’s consistency has him placed at the top of the points table.

With only ten points separating the top seven drivers in the standings (a total of 85 points are up for grabs each round), the chase for the John Pizarro trophy is super tight.

“The Bolt Pro Intrepid was really working well this weekend, it’s a great feeling to have finally broken through to win a round in such a competitive field,” said Greenbury.

“This championship is super tight, every place really matters now and hopefully we can keep this speed going as we head to the final round.”

Almost as close is the battle for the James Courtney trophy in the Pro Light (KF1) category. JAM Racing’s Jake Spencer had luck on his side to secure the victory on the weekend to ensure he held onto the championship lead.

Cian Fothergill was the pacesetter all weekend, however, a fouled plug dropped him to the back of the field at the start of the second final. Such was the pace shown by the Tracksa-backed pilot, he charged back to cross the line behind Spencer to close the gap from 30 points at the start of the weekend to a slender six points.

In the junior ranks it was Jake Klarich who won his second round win of 2011 and move to within one-point of Joseph Mawson in the standings. The pair are now within striking distance of defending champion Pierce Lehane with one round remaining in September.

CIK Stars of Karting Series
Presented by Castrol EDGE

Round 4 – Newcastle, NSW

RESULTS: Top Five

Pro Light (KF1)
1. Jake Spencer (Wantima South, Vic) – Kosmic/IAME
2. Cian Fothergill (Gladtsone, QLD) – Kosmic/IAME
3. Daniel Rochford (Narre Warren South, Vic) – Gillard/IAME
4. Joel Smith (Patterson Lakes, Vic) – Tony Kart/IAME
5. Grant Smith (Patterson Lakes, Vic) – Tony Kart/IAME

Pro Gearbox (KZ2)
1. Tyler Greenbury (Toowoomba, QLD) – Intrepid/TM
2. Matthew Wall (Sunbury, Vic) – BRM/TM
3. Macauley Jones (Albury, NSW) – Top Kart/TM
4. David Sera (Narre Warren, Vic) – Arrow/IAME
5. Troy Woolston (Ivanhoe, Vic) – Intrepid/TM

Pro Junior (KF3)
1. Jake Klarich (Perth, WA) – Lenzo/Vortex
2. Joseph Mawson (Hinchinbrook, NSW) – Top Kart/Vortex
3. Brock Plumb (Forest Lake, QLD) – Tony Kart/Vortex
4. Jake Coleman (Glenmore Park, NSW) – CRG/Vortex
5. Pierce Lehane (Castle Hill, NSW) – CRG/Vortex

CIK STARS OF KARTING SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
Top Five after Round 4 of 5

Pro Light (KF1)
1. Jake Spencer – 266 points
2. Cian Fothergill – 260
3. Grant Smith – 219
4. Matthew Waters – 213
5. Adam Hughes – 203

Pro Gearbox (KZ2)
1. Kel Treseder – 229
2. Tyler Greenbury – 225
3. Jason Pringle – 222
=3. Macauley Jones – 222
5. Matthew Wall 220

Pro Junior (KF3)
1. Pierce Lehane – 297 points
2. Joseph Mawson – 270
3. Jake Klarich – 269
4. Brock Plumb – 245
5. Jake Coleman – 241

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