Jarman Dalitz competed in the 2013 Wingless Sprint Easter Trail over the weeknd, racing at Mildura on Friday Night, Renmark on Saturday Night and finishing on Sunday Night at Speedway City.
At Mildura for night one, Dalitz started 4th in the opening heat. He was up to 3rd on the start and after a few laps made his way into 2nd position, passing Kelvin Burns. He attempted to chase the leader for the remainder of the race but was forced to settle for 2nd positon.
Heat 2 saw Dalitz start from position 5 but he was promoted to position 3 when the pole position car of Chris Jones was unable to start. At the start of the race Dalitz moved into 2nd position and at the beginning of lap 2 he moved into the lead, where he stayed for the rest of the race.
Dalitz started and finished 2nd in the dash which meant he started the feature from 2nd position.
At the start of the feature Dalitz dropped back to 3rd place but quickly regained 2nd spot. On lap two Dalitz’s car hit a bump entering turn 3 launching him on 2 wheels and hitting the wall. Dalitz was able to keep going in 4th place in a badly damaged car and moved back into 3rd place. He moved up to 2nd positon when the car ahead spun bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart Dalitz was unable to keep up with the lead car, settling for a lucky 2nd place.
“We were really fortunate to come away with a 2nd place.” Dalitz commented. “I accidentally caught a rut and it threw me into the wall but I was lucky enough to keep going. It could’ve been a lot worse. We performed the best we possibly could in the heat races but when it came to the business end of the night we didn’t have it fall our way to challenge for a win.”
The 2nd night saw Dalitz compete at Renmark. Starting 9th in the opening heat, Dalitz made his way up to 2nd place in the opening 4 laps before the race was declared and re- run later. The re-run of the race saw Dalitz only make up one position, finishing 8th.
The 2nd heat saw Dalitz start from the outside front row. Dalitz was caught on the treacherous high line at the start dropping back to 3rd. However he moved back into 2nd place before the end of the race. This earned Dalitz a 4th place starting position for the dash.
Although he had a better start than 3rd placed Brad Evans, Dalitz was again caught on the outside line at the start, dropping back to 5th behind Kelvin Burns. On lap 3 Dalitz made an attempt to pass Burns, drawing alongside him before they made contact, with Burns crashing out. Dalitz was then forced out with front end damage. This result forced Dalitz to start the feature from 5th place.
A good start saw Dalitz move up to 4th in the opening lap. Dalitz was then able to move into 3rd place when a car in front spun out, bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart Dalitz then passed Brad Evans to move into 2nd place. He was unable to chase down the leader from that point, forced to settle for another 2nd place finish.
“It was another strong night for the team, moving from 5th to 2nd place.” Dalitz said. “The car had great pace in the heats, we were just unlucky. We had a good start in the dash but we were caught at the top of the track and couldn’t get on the low line. The incident with Kelvin was unfortunate and I’m glad he wasn’t too badly injured. I moved alongside him and when he turned in I was too far alongside him to back out, otherwise we would have seen a bigger crash.”
Sunday Night saw Dalitz compete in the Final night of the Wingless Sprint Easter Trail at Speedway City. The event also doubled as round 11 of the Universal Metal Cleaners Wingless Sprint Track Championship.
Dalitz started out of position 5 and was running behind Brad Evans when the driveline was pushed out the diff, leaving Dalitz without any drive. The damage from the incident was too severe for the team to repair in time, forcing Dalitz to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.
“I heard a bang during the first heat and then the engine started free revving,” Dalitz said. “At that point I decided to shut down the engine immediately to avoid any more damage to the engine, driveline and diff. It was definitely not how I wanted to end the weekend but we will regroup and try to come back stronger. A big thank you to everyone who helped out during the weekend.”
The next meeting for Dalitz will be the Final round of the Universal Metal Cleaners Wingless Sprint Track Championship, this Saturday Night, April 6.
Dalitz and the Itz Racing team would like to thank the following sponsors for their valuable support, Murray Bridge Glass, Fuchs Lubricants, Fischer Motors – Murray Bridge, AutoPro Murray Bridge, Wise Crash Repairs – Murray Bridge, All Sweets and Treats – Victor Harbor, Bridge Bearings and Bolts, Speedway Performance Parts, Oz Signs – Murray Bridge, Adelaide Kart Supplies, Blenks Automotive and Performance, LMC Products, KNJ Photography, PM Race Engines, Lower Murray Grit Blasting, Brutforce Powdercoating, Cobra On Site Doors, Axcel Sports, Miegel Bros. Trailers and R.S Nance Pty. Ltd.