Bright Brothers Racing headed to the third round of the Victorian Golden Power Series at the Eastern Lions Kart Club over the weekend. With Zane Bright racing in TAG 125 Light, Bodhi Bright in KA3 Senior Light and Harley Bright in KA4 Junior Heavy the team had a big weekend of racing.
The three Gippsland Go Kart drivers all had tough competition in their respective classes with multiple state champions and Australian Kart Championship regulars to deal with. Zane took to the track for Saturday morning practice battling on the edge of the top fifteen and looking towards qualifying. Bright unfortunately struggled with set up and wasn’t quite able to nail the lap in qualifying setting a time fast enough for position twenty.
Zane was able to move up positions in both heat races coming home in position nineteen in heat one and position eighteen in heat two. The DJM Race Engineering backed driver had another improving heat three coming home in position eighteen.
The final didn’t go Zane’s way with an unfortunate back issue haulting his final and resulting in a DNF result. Zane noted he had a fun weekend of racing but has his difficulties throughout. “I had a fun weekend of racing but I was a bit disappointed with the kart setup and track position”.
Bodhi was competing in the ultra-competitive KA3 Senior Light and Saturday morning practice showed great promise setting the fastest time of the session. Bright hit the track for qualifying and was able to continue his strong start to the weekend, putting himself on the front row.
In an exciting day of Saturday racing the A1 Engines Motorsport powered and backed driver was able to come away with a tight heat win and second place. Putting Bodhi off pole for heat three he was able to take another heat win, putting him in the box seat for the final.
The Precision Karting backed entry was able to lead the first half of the final but an engine issue put him just of the podium in position four. Bodhi spoke of the great weekend but disappointment of the final. “It was a great weekend for me but a bit disappointing not to get the result in the final. I had strong pace all weekend with the kart on point from the start of the weekend. It felt good to cross the line first in a couple of the races but disappointing to have an engine problem in the final when I had one hand on the win”.
Harley was the last brother competing in the competitive KA4 Junior Heavy class. This was Harley’s first time at the Eastern Lions Kart Club so a weekend of learning and progression was ahead. The TMT Custom Designs sponsored entry qualified in position twenty of near twenty-five drivers.
The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver moved up four spots in the first heat and three spots in the second heat into position sixteen and seventeen. Harley came home again in position seventeen in the third heat. The DJM Race Engineering driver improved in lap time every race with his fastest lap coming home in position eighteen in the final.
Harley spoke of his progress throughout the weekend. “A good weekend for my first time ever racing at Puckapunyal, it was good to improve my position over the weekend”.
Father and team manager Shannon spoke of the ups and downs of his three boys. “It was a mixed weekend which saw a challenging weekend for two drivers, Harley having his first ever drive at the track in KA4 Junior Heavy. He got more confident and faster over the weekend. Zane had set up dramas all weekend with us not getting it right running TAG 125 at the Puckapunyal for the first time. With Bodhi we feel a win got away from us with a mechanical gremlin in the final after a strong showing all weekend. Lots of positives come out of the weekend through and the team look forward to the next round at Bendigo”.
All three boys will take to the fourth round of the series at the Bendigo Kart Club in June.