By Daniel Powell
Finishing on the podium is certainly becoming a habit for Cameron Gessner and his most recent occurred during last Saturday night’s second round of the World Series Sprintcar (WSS) Championship at Toowoomba’s Charlton Raceway.
After he had started from position six in the feature race field, Gessner was able to impressively charge his way forward and eventually ended up with a second place finish behind winner Robbie Farr.
“I moved into second by the 10th lap, but despite having a similar speed to Robbie [Farr] as we had a great setup I just wasn’t able to get enough of a run on him to seriously challenge for the lead,” Gessner explained. “There were quite a few restarts during the second half of the feature race. There was one [restart] with 13 laps to go where I did get a good run on him but it wasn’t good enough to take over the lead.”
Gessner admitted that his night was set with two solid results in the heat races earlier in the night.
“We qualified well in time trials in ninth, but it was in our heat races, where we moved forward, that saw us pick up valuable points,” he said. “Our run in the pole shootout was ruined after we broke a throttle spring on the injection when we got out onto the track and that hurt us. We went into the pole shootout third on points, but after that drama we dropped back and started the feature race from sixth.”
With Gessner having featured on the podium in the opening two rounds of the WSS Championship he currently sits second in the overall point standings behind Farr, however, he will not be contesting all of the rounds.
“We’re not a contracted driver and although it’s tempting, considering the current form we are in, we won’t be continuing on with the series down to Tasmania,” the QLD # 68 Metalcorp / AUS Fuel supported Cheetah driver commented. “The plan has always been to run the opening two rounds of World Series in Queensland and then return to the series over the Christmas / New Year period for Speedweek.”
Gessner will now take a short break before he will return to the track on Sunday night, December 26 at Speedway City (Adelaide, SA) for the opening round of the Speedweek Series.
For the 2010/11 season Gessner and CG Motorsport team are proudly supported by Metalcorp, AUS Fuel, Direct Haul, Breast Cancer Australia, QLD Speedway Spares, Greenies Tippers, Fabmac and Scott Inglis Race Engines.