A1 Engines Motorsport took a small team of four drivers to the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship over the weekend. Brett Arnett had drivers Zackary Thompson, William Thompson, Sam Sidwell and Jackson Brasher all competing for the A1 Engines Motorsport team.
Cooper Stapleton was meant to be the fifth and final driver for the team but was involved in a freak accident on Friday, ruling him out for the weekend. We wish Cooper a speedy recovery and thoughts are with the Stapleton family.
Sidwell was the youngest driver in the team taking on the Cadet 9 category. In a field of near twenty five drivers, Sam was able to qualify in position eleven and had the eyes on to move forward through the field. Sidwell was able to move forward throughout the heats with a brilliant seventh in heat one, fifth in heat two and a third top ten in heat four putting him in good shape for the final. Sam putting in a terrific performance running inside the top ten and crossed the line in position ten overall in a great showing for the young driver.
Zackary Thompson was the sole senior driver using the A1 Engines Motorsport power in the TAG 125 class. Thompson did a superb job in qualifying setting the seventh fastest time and backed this up with a strong fourth pace in heat one. A DNF result in heat two hurt Thompson’s chances, but he was able to back up another brilliant fourth in heat three. Zackary had blistering pace on Sunday setting the fastest lap in both the fourth heat and the final recovering to finish just outside the top ten in position eleven overall.
SP Tools Australian Kart Championship round winner Jackson Brasher was back on track in the oversubscribed Cadet 12 class. Brasher was able to qualify just outside the top fifteen in position seventeen. Jackson was able to race inside the top fifteen in all four of his heat races with a brilliant position seven in heat two, the highlight of his Saturday. Jackson raced hard but got shuffled around in the intense Cadet 12 racing and came home in a respectable position twenty four overall.
Previous SP Tools Australian Kart Championship round winner William Thompson was back in the KA4 Junior category. In another near full field, Thompson was able to set the tenth fastest time in qualifying. Will raced around the top ten in all four of his heat races, with an eighth in heat one and ninth in heat two his strongest results. Thompson raced hard in the top ten in an extremely competitive final rounding out his weekend in ninth spot overall.
Team owner and manager Brett Arnett spoke post weekend on his team’s results. “Firstly, we’d really like to wish Cooper a speedy recovery. He’s a great young kid and a state champion so we wish him all the best in his recovery. Our drivers did a great job on a track we haven’t done a lot of laps on. All four of them were competitive and I’m happy with their results”.
A1 Engines Motorsport will head to the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship next month in Newcastle.