DJM Race Engineering took a small team of five drivers to the second round of the Victorian Country Series over the weekend at the Warrnambool Kart Club.
The DJM Race Engineering team are coming off a strong Victorian State Championship weekend, adding another title to the team’s resume. After strong performances at the opening round of the series the team was looking for more strong results.
Jayden Wallis made a huge championship statement taking out a round win. Wallis took out pole position in strong fashion, winning the number one spot by over two tenths. Wallis then went on to win heat one in a close battle with Glenn Croxford. Wallis only blemish of the weekend came in heat two, coming home in sixth spot before taking out a strong victory in the final taking his first open win of the season.
Rusty Ponting continued the strong weekend for DJM team putting his kart on the front row of the grid in the ultra-competitive Cadet 12 field. Ponting in a wet heat one was able to take a close second spot in an exciting battle with Ashton Hill for the race victory. Ponting fought back in heat two getting to the front of the field and taking a commanding victory over Mathew Basso, putting himself of pole position for the all important final. Rusty got the jump off the start and from this point never looked back, finishing with another strong win and taking out the overall round putting himself right in championship contention.
Xavier Mifsud and Mia Mifsud took to the track in their respective classes in Cadet 9 and KA4 Junior Light. Young Xavier qualified in position six in qualifying. The cadet 9 driver had good battles and grabbed good points in both heats, finishing up with a sixth and seventh in his heats before coming home in position six overall for the round, just outside the top five. Mia qualified inside the top ten in tenth spot and was looking to move forward in the heats. The KA4 Junior Light driver came home in position nine and eight in her respective heats with great confidence going into the final. Unfortunately, Mia was involved in an incident in the final and had a DNF with a disappointing finish to the weekend.
Jett Rendell was the final DJM Race Engineering driver running in the large field of KA4 Junior Heavy. Rendell just missed the top ten in qualifying in position eleven but had a strong opening heat jumping up to eighth. After a great opening heat Jett unfortunately was caught up in trouble in heat two resulting in a DNF. Rendell had his best result of the weekend in the final fighting back to position seven overall grabbing some good points towards his championship.
DJM Race Engineering team owner was rapped with the weekends results. “It’s been a good few weekends the Vic open and now a few wins here at Warnambool. Both Jayden and Rusty were knocking on the door last weekend at the state titles so to take strong wins here is great reward for effort. Xavier, Mia and Jett all had strong weekends and are improving every time they hit the track”.
DJM Race Engineering will next be at an open meeting at the next round of Australian Kart Championship at Bolivar in a few weekends.