Liddell honour for Wright family
BY JEM ANSHAW
As their parents shed tears of pride, Kobi and Abbie Wright lapped Lake Liddell Speedbowl as flag cars while the national anthem played on night one of the Microsprint Masters’ event.
This was the first time the siblings have raced together, with twelve-year-old Abbie getting behind the wheel for her first year in what will be Kobis last as a junior.
“It was nerve racking at first, but once I got out there, I thought this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Abbie said.
“I thought I was zooming going around and then everyone just kept going past me and then I didn’t realise that was like that many people out there.”
She finished seventh and fourth in the two heats and fifth in the feature which is a great result for her first race meeting.
Sitting down with them recently we asked who was more nervous, Abbie or mum (Hollie), both laughed and said dad (Andrew) – who wasn’t there to defend himself.
Kobi also got to celebrate a first over the Easter weekend of racing – he took the wing off and contested Sundays POWRi 600cc Wingless Microsprint race.
“We went out for hot laps and I felt really good, I felt like I was the fastest car there and was coming out for the first heat pretty confident and had contact into turn one, fell back to fifth and then tried to go around someone, hit the tire spun out,” he recalled of the start of what would be a very eventful night of racing.
Throughout the night Kobi would spin out at least three times, just making minor mistakes through the different handling in without the wing, but he did manage to pick up a heat win, fourth in the feature and thanks to his clean sweep on Saturday he was named the Microsprint Masters Junior Champion for 2023.