Henry Johnstone, KZ2 driver from Victoria, is heading to the KZ World Championships in Lonarto, Italy in September.
“Flights are booked, we’ve locked in a team (soon to be announced) and we are super excited” says Henry.
“I have always wanted to go but we were just waiting for the right time. We think 2019 is it. You can’t go and race those guys over there without some experience behind you. While I am still learning, I feel I am now ready to go over and hopefully be competitive”.
After showing promising speed in 2018, Henry has gone faster again in 2019 despite things not always going his way. An issue in qualifying at the Monarto round of the Australian Kart Championship meant that he started off the back of the grid for the opening heats. Putting the speed of his #90 Energy Kart to good use, he worked his way through the field during the heats passing 37 karts in total across the 4 races. This put the Anarchy Kartsport driver in 6th for the start of the final, but an incident in the early phase of the race ended his day prematurely. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the 17 year old considering the pace shown in the heats.
“I was gutted, but as each round has gone on this year, the disappointments have only fueled my fire.
“At Ipswich we had the tyre issue and then in Newcastle we didn’t have the opportunity to qualify which meant I started 10th. This made it difficult as it’s a track that is difficult to pass at.
“Despite the DNF at the Monarto round, we were very happy with my pace in the final. We believe I can go faster and get more out of the kart and engine, the setup we have at the moment has me able to go very fast on used tyres.
“I’m thankful to have great support from my family as well as my sponsors; Pace Images, Results Electrical, Anarchy Kartsport, FXD and Netsol.”
“After sponsoring Henry for the last three years, I know that he is a very dedicated young man. He works hard at everything he does, and he deserves to be on the top step of that podium” says owner of Pace Images, Ben Roehlen.
On top of his own racing and testing program, Henry does driver training with numerous younger karters and also works with his dad learning the ins and outs of the Anarchy Kartsport business, while studying and completing year 12.
The penultimate round of the Australian Kart Championship is on this weekend in Emerald with practice kicking off on Friday.
- Keep up to date with Henry’s progress over the weekend by searching for “Henry Johnstone Racing” on Facebook and Instagram.