Podiums & Top Ten Finishes for Project X Racing at Pro Tour Grand Final

press release 26 October 2015

Project X Racing has achieved a handful of top ten results mixed with podium results as part of the final round of the 2015 Rotax Pro Tour at Ipswich, capping off a successful and learning year for growing Queensland based team who now switch their attention to the final round of the Australian Kart Championship in Geelong ahead of a busy 2016 season.

Above: The Project X Racing crew at Ipswich

Dalton Ellery proved to the best of the qualifiers amongst the Project X Racing Rotax Light group in his Chelgrave Contracting sponsored Exprit Kart with fourth. Ellery then managed to finish as high as sixth in heat two with an 11th and 19th placed result around that race. 14th in the pre-final followed by 12th in the final proved to a solid consistent finish to the weekend for Dalton. Joshua Davey had an even start to the weekend at Ipswich, qualifying in 11th, he managed to pick up 12th and 16th in heat one and two before progressing to 7th in heat three. Starting from 12th in the final following his pre-final result, Davey made good in-roads to secure sixth. The third of the team’s Rotax Light drivers, Blake Worboys qualified in 16th before having a mixed run through the heats with an 18th and 25th place result in addition to a DNF in heat two.

Jace Matthews continued his impressive late season form, qualifying fourth in Junior Max Trophy, converting that into a fourth place finish in heat one and heat three. Despite a DNF in heat two, Matthews returned towards the front in the pre-final, picking up fifth before settling for seventh in the final. Joining Matthews in the category was team mate Brieann Moyse, who qualified 20th before picking up 13th and 14th in heat one and two backed up by 19th in heat three. Moyse returned to the top 15 in the two finals with 14th in the first of the longer races and 13th in the final.

Harrison Hoey headed up a five kart attack in Junior Max for Project X Racing in his Ricciardo Kart, qualifying 19th, he then went on to take 8th, 12th and 6th in the three heat races. Continuing his strong showing, Harrison finished the pre-final in eighth before recording a 16th place result in the final. Nathan Hadlow managed to qualify 20th in the field of over 50, with two ninth place heat results headlining his run in the three minor races. A DNF in the pre-final would force Nathan to start from the rear in the final, working his way to 33rd. Jamie Gillan qualified 25th before finishing seventh in the first of three heat races for his group. Rebounding from a DNF in heat two, Gillan finished 11th in heat three, finishing 32nd in the pre-final with a DNF in the final. After qualifying 28th overall, Eryn Osborne showed good progression throughout the races, picking up 12th, 16th and 11th before converting those results into 11th in the pre-final out of 44 karts. An unfortunate DNF in the final ended Eryn’s good run in the last race of the weekend.

A 22nd qualifying result overall for Jake McRae then saw the young Queenslander work progressively up the order in the heat races, finishing 21st, 20th before stepping up to take 10th with a 20th and 28th place result in the two finals respectively. In DD2, Tristan Ellery qualified 19th before finishing 17th, 16th and 18th in the three heat races with a pair of 17th place results in the two finals capping off his Pro Tour season.

Mini Max saw a trio of Project X Racing drivers competing on home soil with Jack Grambauer managing to headline the three driver’s results with a fifth place finish overall and a podium in the final. Grambauer started the weekend by qualifying seventh with a sixth place finish in heat one. A red flag in heat two was brought about by a rollover involving Jack, however he recovered to then pick up sixth in heat three later that day. Grambauer continued his consistent results in the pre-final, claiming sixth, before stepping up to fifth in the final.

Declan Matthews showed a good level of consistency throughout the weekend at Ipswich, qualifying tenth, just 0.4 seconds from pole, from there he picked up an eighth, tenth and eleventh place result. A DNF in the pre-final would force Declan to start from the rear of the field in the final, progressing to 14th by the chequered flag. Jacinta Hoey qualified just 0.1 seconds behind her team mate Declan Matthews in 11th before steadily improving her results throughout the races, two 14th place finishes in the heats backed up by tenth and ninth in the pre-final and final respectively ended her season on a high.

In Rotax Heavy, Ben McCombie managed to qualify 15th before stepping into the top ten in heat one, backing that up with 11th in heat two and 14th in heat three. McCombie then managed to make further improvements in both of the longer races, picking up ninth in the pre-final before stepping up to take eighth in the final. Jamie Page qualified 19th in his first event out of a restricted kart, then securing 18th, 20th and 17th in the heats with 16th in the pre-final however his weekend ended early with a DNF in the final.

Project X Racing would like congratulate all of its drivers throughout the 2015 Rotax Pro Tour season.



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