DJM Race Engineering had another stand out at the City of Melbourne Go Kart Titles last weekend with state champions Joshua D’Ambrosio in KA4 Junior Heavy and Nicholas Sacco in KA3 Junior taking victories for the team.
D’Ambrosio after coming off his state title victory at the NSW state titles was looking to take another major victory. In Qualifying D’Ambrosio was able to place himself on the second row of the grid and in the heats shared the wins with arch rival and Victorian State Champion Toby Waghorn.
In the final D’Ambrosio got the jump off the start but was immediately chased down by Wagorn. The two state champions battled out the entire race with D’Ambrosio making the racing win move on the final lap through the double right hander and a grandstand finish taking out DJM Race Engineering first City of Melbourne Title.
In KA3 Junior DJM Race Engineering was represented by KA3 Junior Victorian Champion Nicholas Sacco and regular front runner Bodhi Bright. Bright was right in the top group battle in the early stages with Sacco fighting his way through the field after starting back in the field. Sacco by around mid-race had made his way into the lead and was in a battle with earlier race leader Hugo Simpson. Sacco was able to hold on and claim the Vic Open City of Melbourne double victory in a big drive. Bright after battling in the top five all weekend struck trouble in the final finishing just outside the top ten in the final after a competitive strong weekend.
Brett Jenkin and Layne Siekman represented the DJM team in the Victorian Combined Medium class with Jenkins leading the charge. Jenkin ran inside the top ten majority of the weekend putting himself in a strong spot for the final with Siekman running inside the top ten just off the front group. Jenkin in the final was in a five-kart battle in the final for victory. With trouble striking two other competitors Jenkins was able to come home with a podium finish in third spot. Siekman was able to come through for a strong top ten finish in position eight.
Cadet 12 had former state champion Toby Dvorak and Golden Power Series round winner Caleb Spence with mixed results for the drivers. Spence unfortunately struck continually trouble in the heat races and didn’t make the 4o kart final field. Dvorak on the other hand was right in the heat of the battle running inside the top five all weekend. Dvorak starting off the front row ran inside the top five all finals at times looking a strong chance for victory. In a chaotic finish Dvorak just missed out on the podium in fourth spot in the final.
Cooper Stapleton in Cadet 9 was DJM Race Engineering final competitor. Stapleton after running top five at stages throughout the weekend struck trouble in the pre final putting him out of position sixteen for the final. Stapleton in one of the drives of the final charged his way through to just outside the top five in position six.
DJM Race Engineering owner Dylan McLellan was over the moon with the results.
“What a great weekend, this is one of the meetings that everyone wants to win” McLellan noted.
“To have Josh win the City of Melbourne after his NSW state win and Nick’s drive through the field was something else. To have all our drivers up in the fight all weekend was a fantastic result”!