Geelong boy taking on nation’s best in memorial ride – From the Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG’S Daniel Richert will be leading the local charge when the best gokart drivers from around the country descend on Beckley Park this weekend.

The Rotax Pro Tour will host the third running of the Jason Richards Memorial in memory of the former V8 Supercar driver and Pro Tour competitor, with a quality field again assembled.

Along with the prestige of the Jason Richards Memorial Award, the event will feature a new one-off format that will be a first for karting in Australia. Drivers will qualify and compete for a final result tomorrow and again on Sunday.

In 2013, Victorian Hamish Leighton was crowned the Jason Richards Memorial Award winner and will be among the favourites to secure the win this weekend in DD2 Masters. Leighton is expected to be challenged by Geelong local and regular front runner Richert who makes his return to the series after being absent for the past two rounds.

Despite the local experience from Leighton and Richert, Adam Hunter remains the ultimate driver to catch in the field with his Karting World prepared LH Kart being unstoppable for the season so far.

Rick Pringle returns to lead the Rotax Heavy field after claiming Rounds 1 and 2 earlier in the season.

Pringle’s experience and form at Geelong last year has him as one driver to watch along with Paul Rodgers and Dylan Collett who, along with Pringle and Travis Kodric, locked out an all ProKarting podium at the event last year.

Sydney’s Glen Ormerod set the pace throughout much of the weekend at Pro Tour Lithgow in the Sodi Junior Max Trophy Class before victory was claimed by West Australian Samuel Dicker on debut in the category. Dicker returns this weekend in Geelong and his form at the last round has him as one of the favourites alongside Ormerod and Brooke Redden.