Ayrton Dalmaso competed in the opening round of the National Rotax Pro Tour Series at the Warwick Kart Club over the weekend. This was the first time young Ayrton was competing in the mini max category and was up against some of the countries best. With the Queensland State Titles on the line, the team was keen to get into racing.
Friday practice was the starting point for the Brodburger backed entry. Ayrton had a strong start to the weekend with top five pace all throughout the day. Sitting as high as fourth on Friday, Ayrton was excited and looking towards Saturday Qualifying. The Haak Engines powered driver hit the track for qualifying and was straight into the top five, looking to show improved pace and push forward. Dalmaso put his Evo Kart backed entry in position five overall and looked towards heat one.
Heat one came around and Dalmaso was out of position five and looking for improvements in his Mini Max package. Heat one was a farely straight forward affair, jumping into position five and staying there all race. The Brodburger backed entry was able to go two tenths faster in lap time from his qualifying session, showing good improvement.
Young Ayrton achieved a great start in heat two, jumping up to fourth off the start line. The Haak Engines powered driver again showed good improvement and was able to come home in position four, just off the top three in another improved effort.
Heat three was an exciting race with Dalmaso starting out of fifth and running in fifth in the early stages. The Brodburger backed entry was following Jaxson Burns and Louis Brown when an incident between the two occurred, allowing Ayrton to move into the top three drivers. Burns was able to get back in front of Dalmaso and he came home in position four overall.
After great pace that matched the leaders in heat three Ayrton achieved another strong start, jumping up to position three at the end of the opening lap. The Brodburger backed entry stayed in the top three the first half of the race. A battle in the second half of the race between himself and Jenson Burns meant he dropped back to fourth position. With pace matching the leaders a fourth-place finish was a strong result and the team looked to the final.
In the final Dalmaso didn’t get the start he was after, dropping to position five off the start. The team had made a few set up changes and due to this, Ayrton lacked the pace he had shown in the earlier races. The Brodburger backed entry still came home with a strong top five finish in fifth place and some great points towards his series.
Ayrton’s parents spoke post-race of their disappointment in his setup for the final. “Really disappointed for Ayrton in the final. We unfortunately rolled the dice and it didn’t pay off for him”.
Young Ayrton was still extremely happy with the weekend. “Absolutely loved my first race in the rotax! I can’t wait for the next round”.
Dalmaso now looks to his next assignment of the series at Coffs Harbour on the ninth, tenth and eleventh of July.