Emerson down but not out
Eight year old Emerson Vincent has had a rough round 2 of the 2017 Australian Kart Championship in Geelong, Victoria, after receiving several penalties in his races. 

The races were held over the weekend of Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April. 

The round was described as a 'mixed bag' for seven of the eight Kiwi drivers. 

Dylan Drysdale from Auckland was the top Kiwi driver, making his way up to fifth place, after receiving four top ten finishes in his X30 class.  Emerson was the next best finisher, coming in with a ninth place in the Cadet 9 class. 

He was quickest in the last Cadet 9 practice session on Friday, qualified seventh, and was across the line in the first heat, however he received a ten-second penalty for a nose cone infringement which dropped him to seventh place. 

Undeterred, the young driver went back through the field after taking to the grass to avoid a pile up in turn one during the second heat, but a five second penalty for passing under a yellow flag saw him drop from fourth place to tenth. 

Another nose-cone infringement also saw Emerson relegated in the fourth heat, from third at the line to eighth in the official standings, and again in the final, from third place back to ninth. However, he had the fastest lap time in the final. 

Emerson's next race of the series will be in Monarto, South Australia in May for round three. 
Emerson Vincent (#10 Cadet 9). Photo credit: Fast Company/Coopers Photography.