Project X Racing headed to the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship in their home state over the weekend. William Yarwood took a team of eleven drivers across six classes to the Emerald Kart Club for the penultimate round of the championship. With drivers as young as the Cadet 9 class all the way through to the senior ranks, the team had many top chances of victory!
Jai Brown and Alice Buckley were the dual driver attack in the KA3 Senior class. Buckley led the way in an extremely tight qualifying session, coming home in eighth spot with round one winner of the championship Brown just outside the top ten in position twelve. Brown had blistering paces in the heats and was often the fastest driver on circuit coming home with a fourth, third and second in three of his four heats. Buckley was extremely consistent racing in the top fifteen with and eleventh and fourteenth her best results. Brown was able to charge from the back end of the top ten to the lead by mid race in the final. Jai never looked back from there taking a brilliant victory and his second round win of the season! Buckley put in another consistent performance against the best drivers in the country coming home in position sixteen overall.
KA2 had state champion Isaac Mcneil racing for the Project X Racing team. Mcneil did a brilliant job to qualifying in position seven and stay inside the top ten in his opening two heats. Isaac didn’t have the races he was looking for in heats three and four, coming home outside the top ten in position twenty three and thirteen overall. Mcneil got shuffled around in the final and came home in a competitive seventeenth position and he’ll be looking to bounce back at the final round of the championship.
Will Marshell was another single driver for Project X Racing, this time in TAG 125. Marshall qualified outside the top thirty in position thirty two overall but moved forward six spots in heat one and four in heat two! Will was then able to make his way inside the top twenty in heat four, coming home in position seventeen overall. Marshall had a final that didn’t go his way coming home in position thirty three overall after showing excellent improvement across the weekend!
Vincent Ter Horst and Blake Haigh were the youngest Project X Racing pilots taking their spot in the Cadet 9 class. Haigh led the way in qualifying setting the seventeenth fastest time, with Ter Horst not far behind in nineteenth. Haigh did a brilliant job in the heats making his way forward every race with a ninth in heat three and seventh in heat four the highlight. Ter Horst also moved forward with a fourteenth and sixteenth in heat two and three. Blake was able to continue his charge forward and have an excellent fifth place in the all important final. Ter Horst raced his hardest and finished just outside the top fifteen in sixteenth spot overall!
Seth Huth and Cayden Patroni was the two Project X Racing driver in another one of the start up categories, Cadet 12. Huth led the way for team in qualifying just missing the top twenty in position twenty one, with Patroni having an issue in the timed session being down in position thirty seven. Both drivers did an excellent job moving forward with a sixth in heat three and fourth in heat four for Huth. Patroni also had three top fifteens with two position elevens and a twelfth in heats one, two and three. Both drivers put in superb races in the final with Huth coming home just outside the top five in position six and Patroni not far behind in position thirteen overall!
The Trifecta of Patrick Buckley, Brodie Norris and Sebastian Bennett were all taking the start in the KA4 Junior class. Buckley and Norris were able to lock out an all Project X Racing front row in qualifying, with Bennett inside the top thirty in position twenty nine. Buckley was the driver to beat in the heats taking three heat wins, while Norris continually raced in the top ten and top five at stages. Bennett improved positions across the weekend and was in for a big final. Buckley was able to take a break away lead in the final and take his second round victory of the season with his Project X stable mate, Norris right behind him in second spot! Bennett put in his best performance of the weekend coming home inside the top twenty in position nineteen overall!
Team owner and manager William Yarwood spoke post weekend on his great team result! “We had a fantastic weekend with our team. The moral was high, the weather was superb, and the results flowed. However, it didn’t start out all peachy. We were struggling a little on Friday with finding the pace, however we got there in the end.
“It was unreal to achieve positions first and second in KA4 with Patty Buckley and Brodie Norris, outstanding drive from these two. Jai Brown battled hard, and with the right set up, found his second-round win for the year in KA3, another well-deserved first place. Young Steth Huth had a standout run, battling in podium positions throughout the final to eventually finish with a career best of sixth place.
“We welcomed back Will Marshall to the team, he had his best results at National level and look forward to seeing him grow in the future. Our new recruit in Cadet 9, Blake Haigh had the speed when it mattered and worked his way from further down the grid to finish fifth place. It was the type of weekend memories are made of and I am incredibly proud of the team. We look forward to Newcastle where we will buckle down and try and seal the deal for these championships”.
Yarwood and his Project X Racing team will be back at the final round of the championship in Newcastle next month!