Ayrton Dalmaso returned to the Go Kart club of Victoria over the weekend for the first time as a junior driver. Dalmaso was part of the large 30 driver plus KA3 Junior field for the 36th running of the Panduit City of Melbourne kart titles.
Ayrton was running out as part of Tom Williamson Motorsport using the A1 Engines Motorsport power and was looking to continue his evolution in the junior ranks!
Dalmaso hit the track For Saturday morning qualifying and was pushing hard in the early stages of the session. The Tom Williamson Motorsport supported entry was able to make his way into the top 25 and was trying to make his way further up the grid. When chequered flag was waved, Ayrton was able to get his way up to position 22 and was looking to move forward in the heat races.
Ayrton was looking to heat 1 to get his racing kick started for the weekend. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered entry got a poor start, dropping down outside the top 25. Dalmaso put the head down and started to make his way forward across the race. Ayrton was able to make up 3 spots from the opening lap and crossed the line in position 23.
The team tuned up the kart for heat 2 and were looking to move into the top 20. Dalmaso turned his start around from the opening heat and made his way into the top 20 on the opening lap. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered entry was racing hard and looking to make his way further up the field and get more crucial spots. Ayrton was able to move up 5 spots across the race and crossed the line in position 17 to finish heat 2. Dalmaso’s points had him out of position 22 for the final heat, where he was once again looking to move his way through the field.
Sunday morning was the final heat for Ayrton and he knew he had to move up the grid for the final. Dalmaso made his way up 2 spots on the opening lap and had better pace then he had all weekend. The Tom Williamson Motorsport backed entry was moving forward and had made his way into the top 15 by lap 7. Ayrton continued his progress making up 9 spots across the race to cross the line inside the top 15 in position 13 overall. Dalmaso now had a realistic goal of a top 10 finish in the final.
The start was going to be one of the crucial moments in the 17 lap final and Ayrton was looking to get through the all important first corner. The A1 Engines Motorsport driver got a brilliant start and was straight in the top 10 on lap 1. Dalmaso raced well in a high calibre field and was in and on the edge of the top 10. Ayrton was able to come home with his best finish of the weekend coming home in position 11 overall!
Ayrton’s parents spoke post weekend on their young driver’s weekend in Melbourne. “Ayrton’s efforts were not rewarded with results this weekend but super proud nonetheless, and the Todd Rd track would have to be one of our favourites to race at”.
Dalmaso will be looking to continue his development and growth in the junior ranks for the remainder of season 2022!