Wagga speedster Cameron Longmore fell just short of cracking the top 50 at the Rotax Max Challenge World Titles in Portugal at the weekend.
But it was a series of penalties which ultimately hindered the Wagga teenager’s chances of major success.
Competing for Team Australia with 72 drivers in his ‘senior max’ class and 300 overall, Cameron was sixth fastest in his group in qualifying and clocked in 17th overall.
But a penalty ruling put him all the way back to 65th, meaning he started three heats from 33rd position on the grid.
He then finished 16th, 28th and 30th across those heats, the final two results being the result of further penalties.
Starting the ‘prefinal B’ group from 27th, Cameron finished in 18th but another penalty put him back further once again.
With only 36 of the 72 senior max drivers guaranteed a spot in the final, the young speed demon did not make the cut, finishing with a world ranking of 53.
Cameron has since turned his sights towards a busy 2018, which will see him race in the Rotax Pro Tour and the Australian Kart Championship, while also seeking out overseas competitions.
After missing out on last year’s world titles by one placing, the local teenager made it his mission to qualify for this year’s event, and did exactly that after securing a top three finish within the senior class of the national competition.