from Ballarat Kart Club
The Ballarat Kart club was happy to turn on a bright sunny Sunday for our July Club day.
With just under 40 entries across six classes, it was great to see smiles on faces, and karters out doing what they love.
The first class for the day was the Combined Light class with a healthy field of 12 drivers racing. The battle out the front would see Steven Malkin and Dan Findlay leading the charge setting a fast pace from the outset. Random grid draws saw some quicker drivers working their way through the field with Dave Menzel and Mitch Arrow not too far off the leading pace.
Heat two with reverse grid again saw the cream rise to the top, Dave Menzel holding out Harrison Cambell, John Page and Steven Malkin.
Heat three had the Ultimate Racing boys starting out the front and were never bothered Steven taking the win over David Menzel.
The final now with the best of the drivers of the day starting out the front had Steve Malkin comfortably lead the way from David Menzel who didn’t have it all his own way with Dan Findlay and Harrison Campbell hot on his tail and finishing out the minor placings.
KA4 Junior Light & Heavy:
A combined field of Heavy and Light drivers was a good sight as we have struggled to get fields for a while. Oliver Fumi had a solo run in light for the day, and although a new driver he showed that he is constantly improving setting better times as the day went on. A little more race experience will see Oliver mixing it with the best.
In the Heavy class we had four drivers separated by less than a tenth of a second at times. What a close affair with all drivers on a similar pace. The first race was to see Grace Dunmore heading out the field from Jett Rendell Daniel GoLightly and Lachlan Clark . Heat two was a reversal of the front three seeing Jett getting the points in a closely fought race, and heat three musical chairs again with Jett taking the chocolates.
The final was a freight train seeing Jett followed by Grace Daniel and Lachhlan and this is how the points would tally for the day. Oliver the only driver in the light class setting PB’s as the day went on.
This was always going to be good racing with many of the drivers on similar pace, and over half the field starting out the back on P plates. Ballarat member Greg Ord started out of pole and was never headed but Barry Golightly was never far away showing Greg the nose of his kart several times, and Graham Cox strong in third.
Heat two saw Barry Golighltly go to the front and dictate terms to the rest of the drivers, followed by Hugh Wilson and Greg Ord never far behind. For two races in a row the quickest time was coming from one of our P platers in Matty Serfozo battling his way back in the field.
Heat three had a freight train now with the quickest drivers to the front, Barry Golightly leading Greg Ord and Hugh Wilson and Graham Cox having a race of their own.
The final was here and Barry did not go Lightly on the rest of the field. From the outset he took control and drove away like a kid in a stolen car no one was ever going to get near him. Greg Ord, Graham Cox, Hugh Wilson and Ben Findlay followed in respectively all within one second of each other. Final results for the day had Barry from Greg and Hugh Wilson taking home third place trophy for the day.
TAG Light & KA3
We were light on numbers for this class with two drivers competing in the light field, one of which was maybe a little over the required weight needed for this class, and one driver for the KA3 light.
This did not stop the ability to see some closely contested races with the young KA3 light driver Jason Douglas keeping the open class engine of Ray Dumesny honest all day.
Ryan Bettess was quick all day out front and proved his consistency managing to keep to his best times throughout the day.
Last but not least was our Cadet class, and what a pleasure to see six young racers on the grid between the two classes. With half the field on P plates this was going to be a great learning for the new drivers, and they did not let us down with all drivers performing very well throughout the day.
Mia Mifsud, Mitchell Soderstrom and Joshua White headed out for the cadet 12’s and Mia was able to set the pace from the start. As the day went on this gap was closing as a little more experience saw Mitchell and Joshua grow in confidence and improve their times significantly as the day went on. Mia was able to keep the boys at bay and came home strong in the final followed by Mitchell and Joshua.
In the Cadet 9’s we had three drivers on P’S competing, but you wouldn’t have thought these kids were new to the racing scene. Xavier Mifsud just like his older sister was setting a handy pace at the front followed by Austin McPherson and Kurtis Polkinghorn who were very close on lap times. As the day went on Xavier kept to the front of this class and Austin and Kurtis changed places through the heats. Final results would see Xavier take the prize followed by Kurtis and Austin rounding out third place for the day.
- full results are on speedhive HERE
The Ballarat Kart club would like to thank all that came along to enjoy the beautiful Ballarat sunshine.