Wimmera Kart Racing Club president Shane Souter has hailed the latest round of the Victorian Country Series a success.
Souter said it was smooth sailing all weekend, with the club hosting 217 drivers and their large support crews for the third round of the increasingly popular series.
“That’s well up on 176 from last year – it’s quite a dramatic increase,” he said.
“It was great to see the club so full. The whole club banded together to chip in and help make it a successful round.”
Remo Luciani put in the best performance of the six Wimmera members that competed on their home track.
He took out the KA3 Senior Medium Class final on Sunday by just 0.241 seconds.
Ash Mitchell placed third in the TaG Restricted Medium class ahead of fellow Wimmera driver Alex Baker, who placed fourth.
Leon Forrest recorded the fastest lap in the final of the Combined Masters on his way to placing third. Anthony Taylor placed fifth in the same final.
The club’s youngest competitor Robbie Turmine found trouble in the final of KA4 Junior Light class and failed to finish.
Souter said Turmine still had a good weekend of racing. “He had an incident which he got tied up in but that happens when you’re still learning.”
Souter said many club members had received feedback from visitors about how smoothly the weekend went and how professional things were run.
“Everything went smoothly – there were no major hold ups or incidents,” he said. “The weather was good all weekend except for a couple of spits of rain which made racing interesting for the last couple of classes. I need to thank all of our members for helping out, especially all the ones that don’t drive or race because they ensure our club can be successful.”
Every round of this season’s series has had more than 200 competitors take to the track. Souter said it was huge for the series to continue growing as it has.
“For karters it’s one of the most attractive events in Victoria at the moment,” he said.
“There are such great prize pools at the end of the series.”
The next round of series will see the drivers travel to Warrnambool in July before Hamilton Kart Club hosts round five in September. Portland will host the final round of the series in October.
Souter said he was working to try and organise more club days at the Dooen track and would always welcome new drivers.
“We usually have a day each month where everyone comes out to practice but it depends on the weather,” he said. “We’re also trying to work with some businesses to try and make a couple of those club days a bit bigger as well.”