Marcus Pisani made his return to the Australian Kart Championship last weekend after an extended break due to injury.
Pisani missed the second round of the championship due to an injury from a previous meeting, but was back on track at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. Marcus, who had been racing in the KA3 Senior category, had made the move to the super competitive X30 class and had a near forty competitors to compete with.
Pisani showed excellent pace in Friday practice and was looking to finish his day on a high in qualifying. The Tecno Karts Australia team driver headed out on circuit and immediately put himself in the top twenty of the field. Marcus was pushing hard and was continuing to push his way the field and get closer to the front of the field. In an extradentary effort, Pisani was able to burst into the top ten and set the ninth fastest time of the session!
Heat one on Saturday morning was the racing starting point for Pisani under wet and wild conditions. The CC Racing powered entry didn’t get the start he was after, dropping down a number of positions. Marcus managed to regroup and battle inside the top fifteen in wet conditions he hadn’t raced on in the X30 class. Pisani was able to make his way back up to position thirteen by the finish in a nice recovery from a poor get away.
Heat two and three were unfortunately a second part of Saturday afternoon to forget! Pisani had an incident and technical issues on the opening lap, putting him back to the rear of the field and by mid race was out of contention.
Marcus made up five spots in the opening few laps of heat three but once again was out of contention early, putting him on the back foot and down the order for heat four on Sunday.
Pisani was out of a lowly thirtieth spot to start heat four but was determined to make his way up through the field. The Tecno Karts Australia backed entry got away cleanly but was once again struggling with technical issues hurting his pace. Marcus put his head down and drove to the best of his ability to finish the race and make up any spots he possibly could. Pisani crossed the line in position twenty six overall and was determined to try and move forward in the final.
Starting down in position twenty nine overall, Marcus was keen to get his head down and come home with a good result. The CC Racing powered entry got a terrific start and was inside the top twenty five by the end of the opening lap. Pisani managed to make his way further forward across the race in what was difficult conditions for all drivers. Marcus crossed the line in position twenty-two overall in an improved finish to his weekend.
Marcus spoke post weekend on a difficult and wet third round. “I had hoped for a better result over the weekend having a technical issue and things not going my way. I’m Looking forward to the next round and I’d like to thank Tecno karts Australia, CC Racing , my dad for all his hard work and last but not least my mum for all her support”.
Pisani will be back at the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship in July at the Emerald Kart Club.