Aiden Schweikert has been in karting a little over twelve months and continues to show he is one of the quickest improving drivers in the cadet ranks. Schweikert took on the second round of the Golden Power Series over the weekend at the Goulburn Valley Kart. The Pro Karting powered driver was competing in the oversized Cadet 12 class and had a tough weekend of racing ahead.
Practice came around and he was looking to be around the top ten heading into qualifying. Schweikert come out of practice one in position thirteen but improved strongly to position seven in practice two heading into qualifying. The Pro Karting powered driver headed out for qualifying in what was a fast and tight session through the middle sections. The Cadet 12 driver was hovering around the top five all session, looking to continue his strong weekend. The young charger dug deep and on his last time lap set a time fast enough for second position overall in the massive thirty-three kart field.
Due to the class being split into two races the Pro Karting powered driver was off pole position for his opening two heats. Heat 1 and off the best possible position, the nerves and excitement were high. The Pro Karting powered driver didn’t get the start he was after, dropping back to third position. With fellow front runners Pip Casabene and Alexander Yoannidis leading the race, Schweikert chased after them. The Jeremy Cross sponsored driver stuck on the back of the top two in a high paced strong race. The Cadet 12 ace came home for a strong third position.
With an impressive qualifying and heat one in the book, excitement built towards Sunday’s racing. Sunday was a different day; the sun had left and the rain had come in a big way. Rain had fallen all of Saturday night and made for much different conditions for young Schweikert in Heat 2. With this only being the second time the cadet 12 driver had raced in wet conditions; a mountain was put in front of him. The Hayley Hire sponsored entry got a poor start adapting to the conditions dropping back to as low as position seven. Young Schweikert got back on track and dug deep to start to move his way back up through the field. The Pro Karting powered driver made his way back into the top five finishing in position four in a strong fight back.
Due to the poor weather conditions the meeting was called off with no further racing for Schweikert. The G&L motor repairs and performance sponsored entry came home fifth overall in the large thirty-three kart field.
Both Aiden and dad Justin we’re happy with the result due to the circumstances. “It was a great weekend overall” Aiden told. Dad Justin spoke of how far his son had come. “We’ve been racing for just over a year now and the improvement I’ve seen in Aiden in that short time is amazing. He shows a level of maturity that surprises me every time he takes to the track. This has probably been the best weekend we’ve had so far”.
Schweikert will next hit the track at the Victorian State Titles at the Oakleigh Go Kart Club in April.