Karters spin out on Fitzroy Park
IT was the last meeting of the year for the Formula K Kart Club but nevertheless it provided a few memorable firsts for club members.
With the meeting bringing down the curtain on 2009 a small but enthusiastic bunch of karters took to the Fitzroy Park Raceway track and, with the help of organisers, provided plenty of action.
Club publicity officer Kevin Doherty said to provide a little extra fun during the final races a water truck was hired to dampen the tricky bends and make senior drivers think a bit more carefully about the karting conditions.
The plan worked well with karters forced to adjust between dry track and wet track conditions, all on the one lap.
Not all were successful as karts spun and skidded their way on the circuit while, Doherty said, Scott Dagan made the decision not to race in the wet as it would result in his kart getting dirty.
Doherty was one of the karters who recorded “a first”.
Racing in the Senior National Heavy category Doherty finished in third place overall.
“It was my first trophy ever,” he reported.
“I’ve only had four races in the last five years.”
While delighted with his own excellence Doherty was no match for teenager Kevin Baird who blitzed the section despite his lack of experience.
“It was Kevin’s first meeting as a senior,” Doherty said.
“I think he won every race.”
Apart from providing water hazards, karters were given a few other problems to contend with during the meeting.
Racing was counter-clockwise, the opposite to normal, and a handicap system was introduced forcing karters expected to dominate races to begin from the rear of the field.
With the small numbers competing some of the categories were combined,
Slightly less successful was the attempt to get karts with clutches racing from a standing start.
Doherty said his own son Michael raced in the combined Leopard Light and Leopard Heavy division with the main contest being between young Doherty and the experienced Matthew Dicinoski.
Although the pair tangled heavily at one stage it was Doherty who prevailed while Dicinoski had to be satisfied with being the best on track of the Leopard Heavy competitors.
There was a first for Josh King who made the transition from Midgets to Rookie look a little easy.
“Josh seemed to love the extra power of the J motor,” Doherty claimed.
King won the Rookie section and thrived on the extra power he gained from having a 13mm restrictor rather than the 10mm one he had previously used.
Racing in 2010 begins on January 9 with the first club meeting of the year.
To make use of the new lights at Fitzroy raceway it will be a day/night meeting.