Snapped Axle Kills Max’s Weekend

Max Chudasko headed up the East Coast for the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship over the weekend. Chudasko, who has been a round winner and regular front runner of the championship, was once again hitting the Newcastle Kart Club circuit in TAG 125.

Qualifying was going to be crucial to see how far Max could get up the grid. Chudasko was ready to go for Saturday morning qualifying, after a busy day of practice and gaining set up knowledge Friday. The Tom Williamson Motorsport driver quickly moved into the first half of the 38 driver field. Max was setting quick times and had worked his way up into the top 10 drivers and trying to make up more positions. Chudasko stopped the clock in position 8 overall and off the outside of the 4th row for the first 2 heats.

(pic – Pace Images)

Position 8 was a tough starting spot for Max on the outside of the circuit so he knew he had to get a clean start. The CC Racing powered entry got a clean get away and moved up to 7th position on the opening lap. Chudasko sat in position 7 for majority of the race before making another move on lap 10 and into position 6. Max crossed the line just outside the top 5 in position 6 overall in a great race result.

Max got another clean start in heat 2 and was racing inside the top 10. The Tom Williamson Motorsport backed entry was showing excellent pace and was on for another consistent top 10 results. Unfortunately, Chudasko got shuffled back to position 13 in the dying laps and that’s where he crossed the line.

Max was once again out of position number 8 for his final heat race on Saturday afternoon. Chudasko unfortunately ended on the side lines in heat 3 with a snapped axle ending his chances on lap 3. Max was now out of position 18 for the 4th and final heat and was looking to move forward.


Snapped axle for Max = DNF (pic – supplied)

The CC Racing supported entry had a breath taking opening lap moving up 6 positions and chasing after the top 10. Chudasko was into the top 10 by mid race and continued to push forward in the field. Max crossed the line in a brilliant 7th position, making up 11 spots across the 12 lap race.

Chudasko had moved up to position 12 to start the final but his race was unfortunately over on the opening lap. Max was hit on the opening lap and a bent tie rod ended his race.

Max’s father David spoke post weekend on his son’s bad luck and tough weekend. “We snapped an axle in heat 3 which was weird but killed our weekend. He did a mega job in heat 4 but our final was unfortunately over before it started. A big thankyou to Tom Williamson Motorsport and CC Racing for all their help”.

Chudasko year of racing will conclude with the young driver completing his year 12 studies and exams. Max will be back in 2023 for another big season of racing.