Ashton Cattach has had a flat out start to the 2022 karting season. The young driver has been to multiple different tracks in preparation for a block buster 2022 season.
Cattach took to the opening round of the Victorian Golden Power Series over the weekend at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club. Ashton running out of the Pro Karting Australia stable was looking to get his series off to a strong start.
Saturday morning practice gave Cattach a strong set up and pace gauge to get himself ready for Saturday afternoon qualifying. Cattach was the first out the gate for Saturday afternoon qualifying in the highly competitive KA3 Senior Light field. Cattach was quickly able to find himself into the top ten early in the session and was looking for space and track position in the eighteen kart field. Cattach was only tenths of a second off pole position in the hard and tricky session. Cattach improved forward and set the seventh fastest time in his Pro Karting backed Tony Kart entry. The young driver was looking forward to trying to move forward in the opening heats.
Cattach started from the inside of the fourth row and was looking to move forward. With a great start Ashton moved straight up into position six and was on the verge of the top five straight away. Ashton showed good pace but wasn’t quite able to hang on to the top five in the early stages. The Pro Karting supported entry put in a great performance in the race from his starting spot crossing the line in position six overall only a couple of seconds behind. Ashton was now looking to tune the kart for heat two.
The second heat for Cattach was late on Saturday afternoon and he was once again able to get up a position into sixth spot. Ashton had tuned the kart up and he was showing much better pace in this race and matching the top five drivers in front of him. The Pro Karting supported entry got within four tenths of a second at the back end of the race and crossed the line in another credible sixth position. This concluded the Saturday for Ashton and had him in good spirits going into Sunday’s racing.
The sun came up and Cattach was looking to continue his strong progress forward up the grid. Cattach started out of position five and immediately moved up into four into the opening corner. Two of the front runners came to blows which allowed Cattach to move up into second by the end of the opening lap and be right in the battle at the front. Cattach dropped back to position three in the middle stages but managed to come home with his best result of the weekend. Ashton finished in position three giving him more good points for his championship.
Cattach was out of position number five for the final and was looking to round out the weekend on a high. The Pro Karting backed entry slotted into fifth position and tried to go with the top five drivers. Cattach drove as hard as he could in the final and had a fairly straight forward race coming home in fifth spot and grabbing more great points for his championship.
Ashton’s mother Cin spoke post weekend on her son’s weekend. “It’s been a really good weekend. We got some great points and were involved in no accidents and move forward throughout the weekend. We just lacked a bit of track time at the circuit but look forward to the next one”.
Cattach will be back on track for the Australian Kart Championship at the Go Kart Club of Victoria this weekend.