Driver Hamish banned for 12 months
SEDAN RACING: The pain is not getting any easier for Hervey Bay’s Hamish Redman to bear.
The promising 16-year-old driver is still struggling to come to grips that he was disqualified, fined $1000 and banned from racing for 12 months following the final of the Australian Junior Sedan Championships in Tasmania last week.
A member of the Maryborough Sporting Car Club, Redman finished fourth in the final but his joy was short lived after scrutineers failed his car on a minor technicality after the race.
Not surprisingly, his father Paul said he wanted to appeal the decision but his bid to do just that seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
“I’ve already spoken to the CEO of Street Sedans Australia and he doesn’t think the decision will be overturned,” Paul, the Maryborough Sporting Car Club scrutineer, said.
“It’s just so heartbreaking for Hamish.”
As for Hamish, he simply cannot believe he won’t be able to hit the track and continue what had been an impressive start to the new season.
He was running third in two junior series, one in Maryborough and the other in Gympie.
“I feel just as upset now as I did when they first told me I’d been disqualified,” Hamish said.
“It was gut wrenching and I couldn’t stop shaking – I’m hurting so much I can tell you.”
But what is Hamish going to do now he’s banned?
“I don’t think I could go to the speedway – that would be far too painful,” he said.
“I keep thinking that this is a horrible dream and I’ll wake up soon.”