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Flying the flag for Victoria in last Saturday night’s inaugural Tasmanian Speedcar Title at Carrick Speedway, Joe Lostitch managed to pip the locals to claim the victory, scoring his maiden feature-race win in the process.
As the only mainlander to contest the event, Lostitch was in solid form from the outset, qualifying in pole position for the 20-lap Tasmanian Title-deciding feature race, by virtue of a second-place finish in his opening heat race from rear of field and a win in his remaining heat race. Making the best of his start, the 46-year-old racer from St Andrews in Melbourne’s north-east, immediately seized the lead from the drop of the green flag, going on to take a convincing win, over six seconds clear of his nearest rival.
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Honoured to be the first name on the Tasmanian Title trophy, the pilot of the Vic # 22 Kerby Kerb supported Spike machine credited his win to his team’s hard work and efforts in making the trip to Tasmania, while also praising the hospitality of the locals, making special mention of Kim Webster, for their welcoming approach, with Tasmania being the newest state to come on board in Speedcars.
Managing to back up his winning form at Carrick Speedway the following night, Lostitch went on to dominate the Speedcar feature race, after a third-place finish and a win in his heat races, greeting the chequered flag a comfortable winner and breaking the 12-lap track record and the one lap track record in the process.
Despite only contesting his third season in Speedcars, Lostitch is certainly no stranger to speedway racing, with his dad, Stan Marco Snr., having previously raced tar track Hot Rods in the family’s native England in the early 1970s, before moving to Australia in 1974 when Lostitch was three years old. While Marco Snr. and Lostitch’s brothers, Stan Jnr. and Chris, continued to race Hot Rods through to the early 1980s, it wasn’t until a decade later that Lostitch got his chance at the age of 18, contesting half a season in Hot Rods at Melbourne tracks such as Brooklyn Speedway and Tracey’s Speedway.
Having stepped away from racing following the passing of his dad in 1992, Lostitch decided to make a return to the track after a 20-year hiatus when he became involved with the Curren family, a well-known name in Compact Speedcars, through his sister Jean’s marriage to Brett Curren. Purchasing his own car after attended a race meeting, Lostitch spent two seasons racing Compact Speedcars, which were highlighted by a special runner-up finish in the Curren Memorial.
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Making the move into Speedcars in the 2014-15 season, having always admired them, with Ray ‘Noddy’ Bishop being one of his childhood idols, Lostitch purchased a Cesco powered Spike chassis and went on to claim the Rookie of the Year award in his debut season. Trading his Spike machine for a Beast chassis last season, Lostitch’s was only able to completed half of his season, which was interrupted by a large crash while contesting round two of the Pro Speedcar Week at Collie Speedway in Western Australia.
Reverting to a Spike chassis in 2016-17, Lostitch has had a promising season so far, highlighted by his recent Tasmanian Title victory. Having also recently scored a second-place finish at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, Lostitch continues to become more competitive with each race meeting, and hopes to continue this form for the remainder of the season.
For his next appearance, Lostitch will head to Avalon Raceway for this Saturday night’s Skip’s Race, in memory of Braeden ‘Skip’ Palmer.
Lostitch would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Kerby Kerb, Liqui-Moly, Tyrepower - Diamond Creek, Local Village Garage and Jaymac Engineering. Special thanks: Tim Hooper, Michael North, Matty Black, Jason Donnelly (JDS Motorsport), and Lorraine (partner).