Max Chudasko made the long trip from Victoria to the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at the Emerald Kart Club. Chudasko, who took out the opening round of the championship, was looking to get back on track after a poor set of rounds by his normal standard.
Max was once again under the Tom Williamson Motorsport banner and used Friday to get up to speed before qualifying on Saturday morning. Chudasko hit the track for Saturday morning qualifying and was looking to work with TWM stable mates Zachary Heard and Jordi Marcon. Both of Max’s Tom Williamson Motorsport stable mates had unfortunate issues putting an early spanner in his plans. Chudasko wasn’t quite able to get the best out of his session but had made his way into the top twenty and then top fifteen. The Tom Williamson Motorsport driver qualified in eleventh position and now had his eyes forward in the heats.
Saturday morning after qualifying was the opening heat of Max’s morning and he was looking to make inroads. The CC Racing powered entry got a smooth start and was racing hard for position outside of the top ten. With hard racing and many positional changes, Chudasko had his work cut out for him. In a thick and fast battle, Max finished just outside the top ten in position thirteen and now looked to heat two to move his way forward.
Heat two was also on Saturday and Chudasko had his eyes forward to charge up the grid. The Kart Republic karter got a tough start and was down in position fourteen off the start. Max was able to dig in deep and started charging his way back towards the top ten. Chudasko made successful moves to make his way back into the top ten drivers. Max came through with his best result of the weekend so far inside the top ten in position eight!
Position nine was the starting position for heat three on Saturday afternoon, with the team tuning up the kart and looking to move further forward. The Tom Williamson Motorsport karter slotted into position nine and was shuffling spots on the edge of the top five. Chudasko made his way up as high seventh position and was continuing to race hard. Max was able to come home and finish with another top ten finish in eighth spot.
Sunday morning was heat four and Chudasko started his day in a tough way with a starting issue on the grid. Max was able to get out on track but started near the rear of the field. An incident occurred at the opening corner and Chudasko had no where to go resulting in a DNF result.
Fifteenth position was the starting spot for the final and Chudasko was hell bent on recovering after the heat four DNF. The CC Racing entry got a beautiful start making his way up five positions on the opening lap. Max had tremendous pace and quickly worked his way onto terms with the top five drivers in his best driving of the weekend. Chudasko was in a race long battle with current national champion Brendan Nelson. Chudasko was able to come home with a brilliant top five finish in fifth spot!
Max spoke post weekend on tough weekend and his fightback in the final. “The weekend was full of learning and ups and downs but it was good to finish the weekend with a good result. Off to Newcastle for the shakedown in a couple of weeks to learn the track before AKC where hopefully we can have a good end to the year.
“Huge thanks to TWM and CC Racing for all that they do to make the weekend run smoothly and Kart Republic Australia for the awesome kart. Big thanks to mum who drove up to Emerald with the kart and tools, dad for spinning the spanners, and the whole family for the continuous support”.
Chudasko will be back at the Newcastle Kart Club to round out the championship next month.