Greenbury off to Abu Dhabi challenge
THE motor-racing climb of Toowoomba's Tyler Greenbury is set to go up a couple of gears in coming months.
The 18-year-old who claimed a national championship victory two years ago in his first season of senior racing will represent Australia for a second time at the Rotax World Challenge grand finals later this year.
This year's event is run in Abu Dhabi from November 19-26.
Greenbury recorded a top-10 finish at the 2009 titles in Egypt.
He has clinched his second world challenge appearance with an impressive list of 2011 performances.
Last month Greenbury scored a first-place finish at the Queensland Kart Championships at Sandy Creek Raceway, in Warwick.
Greenbury took out the Rotax Lite class and finished second in Clubman Lite.
Two weeks later Greenbury took another step towards qualifying for the World Challenge with a second placing at the Rotax Pro Tour event, also in Warwick.
Greenbury went one better during his debut in the DD2 class with his win over Damian Ward.
To top his run, Greenbury was successful in the Pro Gearbox (KZ2) class during the fourth round of the CIK Stars Of Karting Series at Newcastle last month.
“It's like the Formula One of go karts,” Greenbury said of his Newcastle victory in a six-gear kart for the New South Wales state title.
“It's been confirmed that I'm now off to the world Rotax finals in Abu Dhabi, so I'm looking forward to experiencing it again.
“I qualified third for the final in Egypt two years ago, but struck some race trouble and finished eighth.
“I'm looking forward to having a second chance this year and I'm definitely out to win it this time.”
Greenbury is also eyeing a move up the ranks after being chosen to do Formula Ford test driving.
“I'm test driving Formula Ford for Miles Racing at the moment and I'm enjoying the experience,” Greenbury said.
“I've had one go in Sydney and went really well. I'm having my next drive next Tuesday.
“Ideally I'd like to do testing this year and then compete in the National Series next year. But I'd need a lot of sponsorship to do it so a lot will depend on hopefully getting some backing to keep going.”