Hamish Redman was disqualified after the final of the Australian Junior Sedan Championships and also fined and banned for a year.
Hamish Redman was disqualified after the final of the Australian Junior Sedan Championships and also fined and banned for a year. DAMON KINGSHOTT

Heartache for Hamish in Tasmania

HAMISH Redman’s dream of becoming one of the best young drivers in Australia has turned into his worst nightmare in Tasmania.

The 16-year-old Hervey Bay flyer has had his world turned upside down after being disqualified following the final of the Australian Junior Sedan Championships at Latrobe Speedway.

A member of the Maryborough Sporting Car Club, Redman’s celebrations for finishing fourth were cut short after his car was disqualified during post race scrutineering on a minor technicality.

But his nightmare was far from over.

He was fined $1000 and suspended from racing for 12 months, a decision his father Paul said they would be appealing.

Paul, who ironically is the Maryborough Sporting Car Club scrutineer, said he was still struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

“We are still in shock to be honest,” Paul, speaking from Devonport, said yesterday.

“We thought we had ticked all the right boxes for the car before we made the trip here – there was only one specification that I needed to get clarified and I did by a Queensland official.

“It was that specification that proved to be the problem.

“I cannot believe national scrutineers failed it – it’s beyond me.

“We wouldn’t have come all this way for something like this to happen if we knew there was going to be a problem.

“If you have a question you ask – I did but we still end up with all this heartache.

“Poor Hamish is cut to pieces over this and nobody wants to see their child like that.

“We’re going to fight this all the way.”

Two other Maryborough drivers were also in action in the titles, the Thomsen brothers, Mitchell and Brody.

Mitchell rolled in the final while Brody didn’t qualify for it.

‘Poor Hamish is cut to pieces over this and nobody wants to see their child like that’



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