The 32nd edition of the City of Melbourne Titles was held over the weekend at the Go Kart Club of Victoria. With a stunning city view as a background this is always a popular meeting.
As usual the Tony Kart green was seen throughout the pits and on the track everywhere you looked!
In Cadet 12, Liam Sceats & Jackson Rooney from New Zealand were here to compete due to their success back at home earning them the experience of racing in Australia. Unfortunately due to rules here the kids were not allowed to practice on Friday, so that meant the 2 short sessions on Saturday morning were all about learning a new track. After qaulifying Liam was 23rd and Jackson 24th. Tex Starr-McKoy was the leading Tony Kart driver after qualifying with 6th position, with Joshua Hocking right behind in 7th, Corbin Bailey was next in 8th. After some tough heats in which the NZ drivers improved, Jackson had a small issue in the pre-final and he ended up finishing in 32nd position while Liam worked his way to 18th. Unfortunately for Liam he was involved in a first corner mix up and did not finish while Jackson came from 32nd to finish 18th in the final. Josh Hocking finished in 6th place, Tex Starr-McKoy was 10th, Corbin Bailey 13th, Samuel Christison was 19th, Jesse Keeling 22nd, Nicholas Sacco was 25th, Isaac Woodhouse had a DNF.
KA4 Junior Light saw some very close racing all weekend with Sean Larkin running in the top 5 in his Nordix chassis. Sean eventually finished in 4th position in the final. SA drivers Nikki Watson was 20th and Amber Miller was 28th, Kristian Mastroianni finished 24th and Johnny Hill had a DNF.
In KA3 Junior, Tony Kart drivers Jordan Dudfield and Tyler O'leary both had a tough weekend. Jordan had a DNF in the pre-final which had him start the final in 21st position but he put that behind him to finish the final in 8th place. Tyler unfortunately had a DNF in the final race.
One of the classes that produced very good racing for the weekend was KA3 Senior Light where there were 5 Tony Karts inside the top 7 throughout the heats. For the final Ben Delaney, Jack Bell, Jacob Dowson and Wayne Bourke started from grid 2, 3, 4, 5, with Ben Mouritz starting 13th after having to come from 23 in the pre-final. However it didn't go their way but the boys put in a solid effort to finish 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th & 8th respectively. Another Tony Kart driver Zevie Eisentrout finished the final in 16th place in his first attempt at this event.
KA3 Senior Heavy and KA3 Senior Masters were a combined class for the weekend where SA driver Hamish Ribartis finished in 7th place. In the Masters class, NSW driver Peter O'Neill claimed victory in his Tony Kart 401 chassis. Congratulations Peter!
Hamish Ribartis also raced in TAG Heavy where he came close to victory but just missed out, he finished in 2nd position. Matt Slavin finished in 9th while Bjorn Schultheiss finished 13th.
TAG 125 Light saw Rotax Light front runner Wayne Bourke competing aboard his Tony Kart 401. Wayne qualified in 10th place and moved forward in the heats to start the final from grid 4. Unfortunately after a messy turn 1, Wayne came out in 29th position but pushed on and eventually crossed the finish line in position 16.
TAG 125 Restricted Heavy saw David Stewart and Matthew Mesti finish 8th and 9th in the final.
Hamilton driver Andrew Hayes finished in fantastic 2nd position in the final of TAG 125 Restricted Super Heavy in his first attempt at the event while Aldo Distefano finished right behind him in 3rd place. Pole position holder and top 3 runner all weekend Michael Angwin got caught up with another driver and fell back but worked his way forward to finish in 9th place.
Tony Kart Australia would like congratulate all the Tony kart drivers over the weekend and also making the pits look good in your Tony Kart clothes!