Toby Waghorn took on the second round of the Victorian Country Series at the Portland Kart Club over the weekend. Waghorn come home in the top five at the opening round and was looking to grab more valuable points to his championship quest.
Qualifying was on Saturday afternoon in a large field of around twenty competitors Waghorn was looking to make a strong start to the weekend. The session started and Waghorn was immediately showing strong signs running inside the top five. After a strong paced session Waghorn was able to qualify in position four on the outside of the second row only about two tenths of pole position.
Sunday come around and after a strong start in qualifying Waghorn was looking to continue his pace in heat 1. Heat 1 underway and out of fourth Waghorn jumped away cleanly and moved up into third position behind the two race leaders. Waghorn was right in the battle for the lead the whole race coming home in position three only six tenths of the winner and one tenth of second place. In an unforeseen circumstance Waghorn was excluded from the opening heat due to a small technical breach putting him to the rear of the grid from heat 2.
After the exclusion in heat 1 Waghorn was off the rear of the grid in heat 2 in position nineteen. Waghorn got away nicely and immediately started to make up positions. By half race distance Waghorn had made his way into the top ten in an impressive fight back. Waghorn made his way up to eighth position by the end of the race making up eleven positions in an impressive fight back and putting him up to fifteenth to start the final race.
Waghorn didn’t get the start he was after in the final dropping back from fifteenth to nineteenth but young charger put his head down and went in chase of the leaders as quickly as possible. By lap five Waghorn had already made his way into the top ten and was setting lap times as quick as the race leader out in front. Waghorn continued his progress coming home just outside the top five in position six also setting the fastest lap of the race in the progress and only finishing half a second of position five.
While the Waghorn camp was disappointed with the DSQ that cost them in heat 1 they were overall happy with the pace across the weekend.
“The exclusion in heat 1 was a massive disappointment” noted Jeremy Waghorn Toby’s father. “After he finished third to have that happened really hurt but Toby drove his heart out the final two races to salvage a great result from where we were and he showed he was one of the quickest out there this weekend, its just down to us to make sure those things don’t happen”.
Waghorn will next be competing at his home track at Eastern Lions for the Victorian State Championships in April.