Ashton Cattach took to the Go Kart Club of Victoria over the weekend for their November club day meet. With a highly competitive field of over twenty drivers and some of the best drivers in the state and country, Ashton was in for a hard and tough weekend of racing. Cattach has just come off a strong top ten result at the recent Eastern Lions Kart Club and was looking for another strong result over the weekend.
Cattach first hit the track in Sunday morning qualifying, looking to put himself in the best possible position. Ashton was straight away competitive putting himself in the top ten drivers. The lap times between the front drivers and the rest of the field were very tight, showing the skill off the KA3 Senior Light class. Ashton was only four and half tenths of a second off pole position but had to settled for ninth spot, on the inside of the fifth row. Cattach now looked to heat one to try and move forward.
The Tony Kart karter formed up for heat one and got a good start moving up to position eight by the end of the opening lap. Ashton was able to make up another position on lap two, moving up to seventh position. This now put the young driver in chase of the top five drivers. Cattach made the move for sixth position mid race before dropping back to position seven to finish heat one. A great start to Ashton’s racing weekend moving up a couple of spots in heat one.
Cattach didn’t get the good start he achieved in heat one, unfortunately dropping outside the top ten at the end of the opening lap. Cattach by lap two was back inside the top ten in ninth position setting competitive lap times and looking to move forward. The Tony Kart karter moved within under half a second of eighth position but come across the line in position nine overall. This put Ashton out of position seven for heat three.
Cattach unfortunately got another start where he had dropped a few spots. Ashton was down in position ten at the end of lap one but had the eyes on to make progress up the field. The Tony Kart karter made a move for position nine on lap two and by lap six was up into position eight. In another good recovery, Ashton crossed the line in position eight overall and now looked to the final event of the day.
Cattach was excited for the final and was looking to make a strong start. Ashton settled into ninth at the end of the opening lap but had lost ground to the rest of the top eight in the opening lap. The Tony Kart driver set competitive lap speed all final showing he had the speed to mix it further up the field. Ashton crossed the line in position nine overall in the final for another consistent result in KA3 Senior Light.
Ashtons mother Cin spoke of the day that was. “Ashton did a really good job to run top ten all day in a super competitive class. The starts didn’t quite go his way today but we’re always learning and look forward to our next meeting”.