Hamilton Ready For Triple Treat

from Andrew Hayes 10 September 2013

The Hamilton Karting Club is preparing to host a triple treat this weekend, with the 17th annual Handbury Titles incorporating round six of the Austrans Victorian Country Series and the Millard Memorial race for Over 40s.

The 700m Buckley Park Raceway layout is widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating and picturesque circuits in Victoria. Set on the old Buckley Swamp, the track has beautiful views of Mt Napier, a view closely watched on overcast days.

Harley Benson, one to watch this weekend
Above: Harley Benson, one to watch this weekend
pic - Paul Feely/VCS

While being the smallest club in Victoria with less than 10 licences, the club has some impressive drivers at its disposal, including 19 year old apprentice mechanic Harley Benson. Harley has been a multiple series winner in both juniors and seniors in recent years and will be amongst the frontrunners in TaG Light this weekend.

Older brother Maverick, 21, will suit up in Clubman Light this weekend hoping to break Kyle Rethus’ stranglehold on the series. The Accounting student is having one of his best seasons, and will be looking to finish well before an impending move to racing his brother in TaG Light next year.

Club President Andrew Hayes is another multiple series champion, and the Furniture salesman will be looking for a special result in the TaG Heavy ranks, where he sits second in the series.

Club President Andrew Hayes
Above: Club President Andrew Hayes
pic - Paul Feely/VCS

Ron Taylor is the veteran of the club, having started racing at the age of 30 in 1973. Still going strong and coming off a season-best second placing at Portland, the Tyrepower guru will be a driver to watch in the Over 40s.

Builder Andrew Stubbs will join Taylor in the Over 40s, and comes into his home round hoping to land on the podium. A strong result is a real possibility, especially if the conditions come to the rain master.

Matt Crane has had a real battle this year, not recording the results that he wants or is capable of. The Plastamasta manager is pretty sharp at Buckley Park, so look for a turnaround in fortunes for the 97 in Clubman Heavy.

Club veteran Ron Taylor, here racing Over 40s at Ballarat
Above: Club veteran Ron Taylor, here racing Over 40s at Portland
pic - Paul Feely/VCS

The club will also be represented by Melbourne based hard charger Tyler O’Leary in Rookies and George Evgeniadis, also of Melbourne, in Junior National Heavy.

Racing will commence at 9am Sunday, and with more than 130 entries expected, it looks set to be an enthralling day!

Competitors are reminded to enter on CMS by Wednesday night to be eligible for the random senior and junior tyre draws.

In Clubman Light, Maverick Benson is hoping to break the winning streak of Kyle Rethus
Above: In Clubman Light, Maverick Benson is hoping to break the winning streak of Kyle Rethus
pic - Paul Feely/VCS

The 17th Annual Handbury Titles are proudly brought to you by the Hamilton Karting Club and the Ace Radio Network.

The Austrans Victorian Country Series is proudly brought to you by major partner Austrans Container Services, and associate sponsors, Remo Racing, Yes Optus Warrnambool-Portland-Hamilton, All Star Graphics, Shamick Racing and Yamaha Australia.


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