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THE first meeting of the 2010 Formula K Karting Club is not one Matthew Dicinoski and his Smart City Racing team will remember fondly.
The team was looking forward to some solid racing with Dicinoski and Scott Dagan set to battle it out in the Leopard Heavy division, while Mark “Chooky” Edwards was tipped to continue his climb through the racing ranks.
Club publicity officer Kevin Doherty said that was not the way things went, with Dicinoski failing to make a start owing to recurring mechanical problems.
Edwards did get some time on the Fitzroy Park Raceway track, but for the most competitive races on the card his only contribution was as a spectator.
“Chooky lost a wheel in the pre-final when the studs broke off,” Doherty reported.
“He did a fair bit of damage.
“He watched the final from the grandstand next to me.”
It was not all doom and gloom for the Smart City Racing team or, for that matter, the Dicinoski family.
Dagan went on to win the Leopard Heavy division, while Matthew Dicinoski’s father Gavin was a winner in the Senior National Heavy section.
“It was his first-ever race win,” Doherty said.
It was a good effort from the senior Dicinoski as his kart, overall, was 45 kg over the recommended racing weight.
In the absence of Matthew Dicinoski, Dagan was given a challenge by Scott Christiansen, another driver on the improve.
Elle Brydon is regularly placed, but usually does her racing in the Leopard Heavy category.
On Saturday, however, she raced in the Leopard Light group in preparation for an all-female meeting she is set to attend at Lithgow later this month.
If her form at the weekend is a guideline, then she could go well as she was too good in that section. Doherty said there was some excellent racing among the less-experienced karters.
“There was some terrific racing in the Midgets section,” he said.
Throughout the meeting there was little between Keegan Baker, Joel Jamieson and Joel Curd, but when it came down to the final it was Baker and Jamieson who faced off.
Jamieson was putting together his best race and had a slight edge late in the race, but was overtaken by Baker on the final lap.
In the Junior category, Clinton Lewis was too experienced and won convincingly, while the Junior National Heavy contest between Harleigh Baker and Kieran Davies was won by Baker.
One result a competitor did not want to hear was in the over-40s section where the race caller got carried away and announced a shocked Buddy Hearn was racing in an over-50s event.
In the end Hearn finished the over-40s section as runner-up to Andrew McMaster with Warren Baker third.