Victorian KA3 Senior driver Bodhi Bright took to the third round of the Australian Kart Championship over the weekend at the Southern Go Kart Club. With a competitive showing in his race meetings around Victoria, Bright was looking to step up on the national stage. Bodhi having his first full season in the Australian Kart Championship in the senior ranks was excited for what Friday would bring.
Friday hit and Bright struggled by his usual standards hovering outside the top twenty throughout the day. Adapting to the track and getting in the set-up window for the highly competitive oversized KA3 Senior class made for a tough Friday.
Qualifying hit first thing Saturday morning and The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver was looking for an improved effort from Friday practice. Young Bodhi, although only three tenths off pole position, was down in twenty sixth position after qualifying showing the competitive nature of the senior ranks and just how much harder it was going to be. Bright started out of position twenty for the opening heat and dropped a spot of the start. Bright put his head down and was able to make his way back up inside the top twenty making up positions throughout the race. The DJM Race Engineering backed entry got up to position seventeen by the line in an improved effort from his qualifying position.
Heat two was another clean start by Bright jumping up three spots to position seventeen from the start. The Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers sponsored entry continued his good progress in the heats making his way up another spot and to position sixteen by the line.
Bright was looking to continue his progression forward in heat three. Due to another smooth start, Bodhi was in the top fifteen for the first time of the weekend. On lap four the ADA Group backed entry went up to position fourteen, with another move made for thirteenth on lap eight. Thirteenth position was the best finish of the weekend with the team happy.
Heat four and Bright had an unfortunate start dropping to the rear of the field in position thirty. With determination and great passing the Carpetworld Bairnsdale backed entry made up positions hand over fist making his way back up into position nineteen overall.
Bright out of position twenty-four for the final under combined points was looking to continue his progress forward in the final. Dropping a few spots of the start, the TMT Custom Designs backed entry put his head down and tried to make up positions throughout the race. In a close, fast and hectic final Bodhi was able to come home in a competitive position twenty-three overall with more good points to his championship.
Bodhi was disappointed with his early weekend struggles but was happy with his progression throughout the weekend. “It was a good weekend but we struggled to find the setup early in the weekend which put us in the mid pack for the races and on such a small track it is hard to move forward. I was happy that we moved forward over the weekend and would like to thank all my sponsors for the support”.
Bright will take to the track this weekend at the third round of the Victorian Golden Power Series this weekend.