Max Weiland competed in the MicroSwift USPKS Feature Race at the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina on October 16-17 and proved that he belongs among the best karting drivers in the country. While racing against the top 32 kids in the United States in his class, Max won the Hard Charger Award for the most positions gained during Sunday’s race. He also qualified P3 on Saturday and P5 on Sunday before earning a pair of top-10 finishes in the Finals.
While racing in the fourth national event of his career, Max finished P9 on Saturday and was eventually gridded 14th on Sunday out of 32 for the Final. He came out of Lap 1 in 12th position and continued to advance from there. The 10-year old driver from Cleveland who races with Magik Kart USA then went on to pick off one kart per lap starting on Lap 7 before moving up four positions to P8. But then Max was met with some adversity and handled it with great resolve and determination.
On Lap 13, Weiland made the tiniest of errors in the last corner and all four of those karts he had just passed re-passed him on Turn 1. But after falling back to P12, Max showed heart and a strong willingness to never quit. He kept driving and kept fighting, picking off one cart on Lap 18, then another on Lap 19. By the the time he reached the last corner on the 20th and and final lap, he had regained P8 which is where he finished.
Max and his team did not expect to qualify so well at such a competitive event and were proud of their overall effort throughout the weekend. Max also learned that gains are harder to find the closer you get to the front. This is one of the reasons why Max plans to keep working hard and keep improving everyday. His next event is ROC Vegas with the top competitors from all over the world. It is considered the Super Bowl of Go Karting and Max is excited to participate for the first time in his young career.
Max Weiland Racing is a 10-year old racing driver who is affiliated with Checkered Motorsports, Magik Kart USA, Electronic Merchant Systems, Ferrari of San Francisco and BRM Chronographes Americas and coached by Conrad Grunewald, Andrew Prendeville and Robert Bujdoso.