Cobden go-karter Rusty Ponting had a successful time in Port Melbourne

NEED FOR SPEED: Rusty Ponting turns into the corner on his way to a second place finish at Port Melbourne on the weekend.
NEED FOR SPEED: Rusty Ponting turns into the corner on his way to a second place finish at Port Melbourne on the weekend.

Cobden go karter Rusty Ponting has finished his final year in the cadet 9 class in fine style.

The nine-year-old secured a second place finish in the final round of the Victorian Karting Championship at Port Melbourne on the weekend.

The place on the podium also netted Rusty a second place finish in the overall championship points, improving on his third from his first season. 

The rising go karter’s Dad Warren was very pleased with his son’s effort. 

“It’s a really good achievement,” he said. “There are some big teams and some really good kids and the kid who won (Lewis Francis) is currently leading the Australian title chase, so getting second behind him we know we have done well.”

Rusty was consistent across the two rounds of the championship. 

Ponting celebrating

Ponting celebrating

At round one in Geelong in April he secured second place finishes in the heats behind Lewis and then in the final he crashed and recovered to finish fourth, which put him second on the points standings.

In last weekend’s round two meeting at Port Melbourne he collected three fourths and a fifth in the heats and then in the final he drove through and finished second, only needing a top-five finish to claim his second place in the series.

Rusty will now prepare for the fourth round of the Victorian Country Series at Warrnambool Kart Club in two weeks time. The youngster is currently leading the cadet 9 standings after three rounds.