Ashton Cattach continued his busy 2022 season by returning to the Go Kart Club of Victoria for the 36th running of the Panduit City of Melbourne Titles.
Cattach, who has made the move into the Tony Kart Australia team, was running in the ultra-competitive KA3 Senior Light field. Ashton was up against a field with multiple state champions and national level drivers was in for a big weekend of racing!
Cattach hit the track for qualifying in a field of near 30 drivers and was looking to put his best foot forward. The Tony Kart Australia driver quickly made his way into the top 25 and then was pushing to get his way into the top 20. Ashton set fast enough pace, getting him into the top 20 and was trying to push his way further up the grid. Cattach settled in position 19 and was now looking towards the heats to move forward.
Ashton hit the track for the opening heat and was looking to move forward from his position 19. Unfortunately, Cattach was involved in a first lap incident, putting him to the rear of the near 30 driver field. The Luscombe Auto backed entry put his head down and started to make his way back forward through the field. Cattach regrouped and was able to cross the line in position 22 overall in a great fightback from the opening lap.
Heat 2 was where Ashton was looking to start his fight back from the opening heat. The Tony Kart Australian driver moved up a spot on the opening lap and now had the head down to try and continue to move forward. Cattach moved into position 17 in the middle stages of the race and was racing on the edge of the top 15 for position. Ashton was able to cross the line in position 17 in a nice fight back from heat 1.
Position 20 was the starting position for Ashton in the final heat race of the weekend. The Luscombe Auto sponsored entry got a brilliant start, moving up 9 positions on the opening lap and being right on the verge of the top 10 drivers. Cattach was able to move his way into the 10 during the middle stages of the race and was a driver on the move. Ashton was able to move up 11 positions in heat 3 and crossed the line in position 9 overall!
Cattach was out of the top 10 in the final and was looking to finish his weekend on a high. The Tony Kart Australia driver unfortunately got shuffled back off the start and was back outside the top 10. Ashton raced hard and showed improved pace inside the top 15 in the final and was pushing hard to try and make his way back forward through the field. Cattach was able to finish the weekend just outside the top 10 in position 13 overall.
Ashton’s mother Cin spoke post weekend on her son’s 3 days of action. “It was a nice fightback after not getting things right in qualifying and then having some bad luck in heat 1. Sunday we were really able to show our pace and a big thanks to Tony Kart Australia for welcoming us into the fold this weekend”.
Cattach will continue his racing the rest of the 2022 season in Victoria!