The nine year old was one of nine Kiwi karters who travelled to Melbourne earlier in September to contest the Aussie title. Moving up a class, Emerson made his Australian debut in the Cadet 12 class, however after struggling with the flu all weekend, and a 50/50 tyre call to choose wets over slicks that didn’t go his way, he ended up back in 28th position in the final.
He joined fellow Kiwi racers, Liam Sceats, Luke Thompson and Kaden Probst from Auckland, as well as Louis Sharp from Christchurch, who also raced in the Cadet 12 class. While the overall placing may not have been what he had hoped for. Impressive performances during earlier rounds meant Emerson finished twelfth overall in the Cadet 9 class, despite contesting only the first three rounds.