Bright Brothers Racing kick started their assault on the 2022 Golden Power Series at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club.
Brothers Bodhi, Zane and Harley Bright all took part in the series in 2021. Bodhi was able to take out the title of the 2021 Golden Power Series in the super KA3 Senior Light! Zane ran competitively in the tough TAG 125 Light while Harley continued to improve his craft in the KA4 Junior Heavy class all season.
All three drivers are in the Senior ranks this season and were looking to start their series well! Bodhi ran in the KA3 Senior Light looking to kick off his Golden Power Series defence in style. With nearly twenty drivers in the field Bodhi was up against a high quality field with plenty of pace.
Qualifying was a tough session for Bright lacking a bit of pace compared to normal. Bright while only four tenths off pole position set the eleventh fastest time and had work to do across the weekend to move forward. Bodhi continued to push on Saturday with pace lacking and the team scratching their heads for answers after coming away with eleventh in the opening heat and a top ten finish of tenth in the second heat. Sunday came around and the team was looking to continue to move forward from the second heat. Bodhi had a much better third heat getting a great start and moving up inside the top ten. The defending series champion had much better pace and was able to come home in position seven.
The fifteen lap final was without a doubt the best race of the weekend for the young driver improving dramatically in lap time. Bodhi was pushing on the edge of the top five and came home with an improved sixth position to end the weekend.
Bodhi spoke post weekend highlighting an incorrect front sprocket found after the final had hurt his opening round. “It was a tough weekend as I lacked pace due to having the wrong sprocket on the motor which we found after the final. Happy with how I went after finding this out and looking forward to next weekend for AKC Round 1”.
Harley was the second Bright brother to be racing in the KA3 Senior Light field. This was the young drivers first opening meeting in seniors and was just looking to make improvements over the weekend. Harley hit the track for qualifying and went just outside the top fifteen with the sixteenth fastest time.
Harley had a tough initiation to one of the toughest senior classes in the land with a DNF in the opening heat. The young junior graduate gained important track time in heat two and came home in position seventeen with more important information gathered for Sundays racing.
Harley came back Sunday and was looking to finish both races and gain important track time. Heat three was the best heat race of his weekend setting lap times three tenths faster than the heat before and moving inside the top fifteen. Bright was able to cross the line in position thirteen, a great result for the team.
Bright was once again looking to improve and bring his kart home in one piece. Harley’s lap time improved once again moving a few tenths up in lap time and once again making his way into the top fifteen. Harley crossed the line in position thirteen for the final rounding out a solid weekend for the new senior driver.
Harley was satisfied with his improvement across the weekend and looked forward to the next round at Bendigo. “It was a good weekend getting quicker and quicker as this was my first major race meeting in seniors, Looking forward to Round 2 at Bendigo”.
The last of the three brothers to hit the track was Zane in the tough TAG 125 Light class. Zane had brutal start to his weekend coming in contact with another kart and injuring his ribs and shoulders. The oldest brother was ready to push on and make the most of his weekend.
Zane had solid start to the weekend putting himself inside the top ten for qualifying in position nine. Zane was only a few tenths off the top five in qualifying and looked to the two opening heats. It was a mixed start to Zane’s heat races with an incident in the opening heat putting him outside the top ten in position thirteen.
The Bright Brothers tag driver bounced back in heat two moving up to position seven and showing great pace in the second heat. Zane started out of position ten for the third heat and was able to move up to position nine and closed in on eighth being only half a second behind by race end.
Zane had another great result in the final moving up two positions and being right on the back of position seven by the end of the fifteen lap final.
Zane was happy with his start to the series considering his crash on Saturday morning practice. “It was a good weekend with good pace all weekend. I just didn’t have track position after a rough start to the weekend”.
All three Bright brothers would like to thank their sponsors DJM Race Engineering, A1 Engines Motorsport, TMT Custom Designs, Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers and Carpetworld Bairnsdale.
Bodhi will be back behind the wheel this weekend at the Australian Kart Championship with all three brothers back on track for the next round of the Golden Power Series at the Bendigo Kart Club in April.