words & photos – Ballarat Kart Club
Karters were greeted with a damp track upon arrival to the circuit for the September club day. A few practice sessions and a bit of sun and the track was try and ready for racing.
There was a good turnout of over 40 entries forming 7 classes with a bit of juggling to shuffle people into different classes to meet the Covid-safe 10 karts on the track.
The Ballarat Kart club had been working out recently installing 4 new kerbs that everyone was keen to see what difference they made. Thanks to all the members involved in these works as well as all that run the club day. It doesn’t happen without these guys.
- full results are on speedhive HERE
The first race back from the large Covid break. Steven Malkin worked his way through the pack in the first heat to take the win and lead the rest of the heats throughout the day. Barry Golightly remained behind Steven with consistent laps reducing the gap to the front every heat. A few small incidents shuffled up the mid pack but Hugh Wilson, Greg Ord and Anthony Taylor remained very close fighting to the last lap each time. Steven Malkin, Barry Golightly and Hugh Wilson took out 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
A solo field here saw Jason Douglas out setting some good laps. Though 3 off the 4 sessions Jason set his best lap time for each within half a tenth proving to be very consistent. His best lap time for the day was set in the final with the track bedding in and seat time.
The club was pleased to see a strong turnout by the up and coming drivers with 4 entries, 3 off being P platers but that didn’t stop the action. Xavier Mifsud and Lewis Kucina were fighting up front with Xavier taking the first heat and Lewis taking the second heat and the final. These two out front didn’t intimidate the others with new drive Archie Bristow making an appearance and winning the 3rd heat. Total points for the day fell in the order of Lewis Kucina, Xavier Mifsud, Austin McPherson and Archie Bristow. Very promising signs by all these drivers.
Another great field of 5 with some excited drivers ready to get racing. Clean racing between each driver seen some good lap times by each with Archer Warrick crashing out into turn 1 in the first heat but backing it up to win the rest of the heats and the final. Mia Mifsud and Joshua White followed in behind that with good results for the day. Abby-Rae Green and Mitchell Soderstrom put in some solid laps also. Joshua White’s consistency for the day saw him take the overall points for the day followed by Archer Warrick and Mia Mifsud.
Vic Combined Light
A full field of 10 here saw very close racing all day. There were battles throughout the field here. Greg Dunmore and Timothy Taylor had a large accident in Heat 2 damaging rims on each kart plus a few extra parts. With all drivers ok racing continued with Maya McNamara, Mitch Arrow and Daniel Findlay fighting up front in the 3rd heat. A bump from Mitch Arrow pushed both himself and Maya out wide allowing Daniel through for the win with a lap to go. Harrison Campbell got tangled up in an incident existing turn 1 providing a spectacular show with Paul Feely capturing some great action photos. John Page showing he had the true pace setting the fastest time for the day. The day was taken by Daniel Findlay followed by Maya McNamara and Mitch Arrow.
KA4 Junior Heavy
Another very close field with all drivers. Random grid draws at the start saw the faster drivers pushing their way through the field. Zach Findlay showed a very strong effort taking out the win in 3 of the 4 races. Domenic Kucina showed some promise with late braking moves into turn 1 to get him through the pack. Seth Burton run third every session. These 3 crossed the line with less than 1 second between them for most heats proving how close they were.
Vic Combined Medium
Once again a full field of 10 set out to prove their place. A few different pods formed around the track with several new drivers taking to the track .A couple off into turn 1 in the first heat left the yellows on at turn 1 removing that passing opportunity. The second heat was finished early with a red flag for a kart parked up in a dangerous place. The final had Jack Johnson out front for the most of the race with Matthew Serfozo and Ray Dumesny chasing him down. A late bump by Matthew in turn one pushed Jack just off line enough for Ray and himself to slip through. The final class for the day was taken out by Ray Dumesny followed by Jack Jonson and Matthew Serfozo.
Lateral Plains racing were very kind and provided some racing products to do a random giveaway to entrants. Thanks to Lateral Plains for the support to the club.