Max Chudasko returned to the Go Kart Club of Victoria over the weekend for the 36th running of the Panduit City of Melbourne Kart Titles. Chudasko running under the Tom Williamson Motorsport banner returned to the circuit of his biggest career moment, where he won the opening round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship. Chudasko was up against Supercar drivers Nick Percat and Jay Kostecki, along with current X30 national champion Brad Jenner.
Chudasko hit the track in qualifying with the 30 driver field and was trying to get as far up the grid as possible. The CC Racing powered pilot was working hard to make his way up the field in lap speed but wasn’t able to quite nail his run in the early to middle stages of the session. With Max leaving his run late, he was able to set a time inside the top 10 in position 8 overall! Position 8 and on the outside of the fourth row, Chudasko knew the start was going to be crucial to his race. Max slotted into position 9 at the end of the opening lap and now had his head down to try and make his way up the field. The Tom Williamson Motorsport driver had made his way into position six by mid race and was pushing hard on the back of the 5. Chudasko was able to make another move crossing the line in position 5 in the opening heat.
Max was again out of position 8 for the second heat and start was going to be a crucial part of the race. Chudasko dropped to position 10 off the start and then outside the top 10 and realised he had to regroup and get back on track. The CC Racing entry put his head down and made his way back inside the top 10 drivers. Max crossed the line in position 10 and this had him out of position 8 for heat 3.
Chudasko returned Sunday morning for his third heat and knew the opening lap was going to set up his race. The Tom Williamson Motorsport backed entry finished lap 1 in position 6 but had lost ground to the leaders with incidents on the opening lap. Max put his head down and went in chase of the top 5 and caught the margin to fourth and fifth position. Chudasko was able to put in another consistent performance, coming home in position 6 going into the final.
The final had arrived and Max was looking to go to war for 17 laps to try and move up the field. In a tough way to end the weekend, Chudasko was run off at the open corner and out of the championship decider on turn 1.
Max’s father David spoke to us post weekend on his sons performance. “Max showed good pace all weekend and other then Jenner was often the second fastest on circuit. It was a disappointing way to end the weekend when Max was in contention for a strong result. A big thanks to Tom Williamson Motorsport for the support and CC Racing for the cracker engine”.
Chudasko will be back on circuit for the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at Newcastle Kart Club.