Billy first got a Go Kart as a means for him to find an interest and focus in his life. Mike had already taken him to hire Kart tracks to see if he would like it!
The first drive of his own Kart was in the car park at work then later at the Morwell track of the Gippsland Go Kart Club. This is where many an afternoon was spent getting him up to speed prior to his first race meeting.
After about 6 weeks of practice and tutoring from Jason Bargwanna and myself Billy was ready to go! His first race meeting was a great day he was awarded the performance of the day!
2014 began at one of the biggest race meetings in the country for Juniors, The Junior Top Gun Meeting at Oakleigh. His performance there was very good if not unlucky, having to start at the back of the grid as a plate driver he was making his way through to the mid field posting some competitive times. A lack of experience was his problem and as a result the weekend finished in an accident!
During the second half of 2014 we started competing at Stony Creek for added experience for Billy.
During 2015 it was a time of progression and learning! Stony Creek Hire Kart Track was very good for learning as there were people of vastly different experience and different conditions to deal with! Lessons learnt here were many!
With the move to the Clubman Class came an old / new chassis, it was the 1992 Haase that started a connection with Haase Australia's Adam Fletcher. It also saw a new level of competitiveness from Billy!
As with any form of Motorsport it is difficult without support so with 2015 in front of Billy he was looking for support to compete at a better level. He spent much of the year submitting proposals and asking almost everyone he came into contact with. After many conversations with the people at Bosch Automotive Aftermarket then a meeting the agreement was reached and for 2016 There was a new Kart and livery with a new level of support for 2016!
After weeks of work and as a result of the partnership with Bosch the Spyder Racing Website was built and released with the great effort of LLS Webs!
This was the beginning of a new era and a different approach to Billy's racing! The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Partnership was released and the next level of competition was commenced with the commencement of the Golden Power Series!
The Kingston Cup is a long standing, stand alone meeting that runs into the night and the finals are run under lights! Billy had had some good results up until this at club events but he had not won at an open meeting before! This was a breakthrough event!
With the increased level of competition and new found responsibility to partnerships, Billy grew greatly during the first part of the year! Results started to come self confidence in public speaking and an awareness of how to self promote and market was developing!
After a year of new tracks and increasingly better results Billy finished the Golden Power Series in 6th place with great promise for 2017! This was his best year by far!
With a new look and renewed partnership with Bosch Automotive Aftermarket and a big day of promoting this renewed partnership. The Kart and Billy were on display to unveil the new colours at Warragul Breakfast club, then on to Changz Canteen in Glen Eira road Elsternwick!
2017 has started off with great confidence and increased level of commitment and greater experience combined with a higher level of presentation! Looking for great results during the year!
This was a big step forward for Billy to be able to know he can compete in the front group in State level competition and he had been at the front of the field all weekend!
With encouragement and help from Bosch Automotive Aftermarket and LLS Webs the online shop is up and running!
Billy started off racing 4 years ago at the age of 14 June 2017 saw him become 18! This is such a time of change and he is adapting very well to it so far! Billy has come a long way during this time and I am sure there is more to come!
During this 4 year period Billy has grown such a lot on track and off! He has scored many wins and podium positions and is looking forward to the future which has such a lot to offer but only the future knows truly what is in store for us al here at Spyder Racing!