IT WAS another successful round at the Wimmera Kart Racing Club when the Victorian Country series rolled into the region at the weekend.
Cars, tents and trailers packed the Dooen track, with more than 170 drivers and their crews in attendance.
Club president Shane Souter said despite the bitterly cold weather, the event ran smoothly.
“We had good numbers because this is traditionally one of the hardest rounds to attract numbers for,” he said.
“There are events either side of the round elsewhere in Victoria and it’s always tough in winter.
“We’ll be trying to get one of the earlier rounds in the series next year so its a bit warmer.”
Nine Wimmera drivers participated in the action on track.
Remo Luciani and Ash Mitchell were the best performed of the seven.
Luciani finished on top of the podium in the KA3 Medium class with Mitchell not far behind him in second.
“It’s always good to win on your own track,” Luciani said. “I have a lot of special memories and have had some special moments on the track. It was also great to see Ash do well and make the most of the home track advantage.”
While conditions were cold for those on the sidelines, it was perfect for fast racing on the track.
“The engines actually run smoother in the cooler conditions,” Luciani said.
“The track was very good and consistent as well. We had some of the best lap times on track because of how well everything was prepared.”
Drivers were on track for practice on Saturday before excitement levels clicked up a notch with qualifying races and finals on Sunday.
“We received plenty of comments about the great way the track was presented,” he said.
“There is a lot of effort put in each year to make sure everything is as good as it can be.
“We rely on the profits we generate at this meet to keep the club going throughout the rest of the year.”
Luciani said the club was still dreaming big as it looked to extend the track to make it slightly longer.
“Everyone had plenty of good things to say about our facilities but the only thing missing is a bit of distance,” he said.
“The big circuits around Australia are about 1000 metres, we are only about 500.
“If we could find the money to extend the track by 150 metres or so it would be ideal because we are well placed to attract people for South Australia as well as around Victoria.”
With plenty of people trackside throughout the day the club was able to pull in greater profits than last year despite having fewer riders.
“I guess people just needed food to keep themselves warm,” Souter said.
“Everything went off without a hitch on track as well.
“There was no major accidents, no need to call any ambulances and we beat all of the rain.”
Souter said there was plenty of people to thank for the success of the round.
“We need to thank the series organisers for bringing everything out here again,” he said.
“Obviously there was a lot of support from all our sponsors as well, we wouldn’t be able to do all of this without them.”