James Ceveri has had a strong start to the 2021 karting season in the highly competitive KA4 Junior Light class. Ceveri has come off a strong podium finish at the opening round of the Golden Power Series at the Rochester Kart Club. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered and sponsored driver went to the second round at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club looking to continue his strong championship assault.
Practice was the starting point and with the over sized KA4 Junior Light field it was going to be fast and competitive from the outset. The Windridge Fencing sponsored entry started Saturday in the best possible fashion, topping the opening practice session over round one front runner Angus Hall. James continued on from a strong opening practice and improved his speed in timed practice. The battle continued again with front runners Hall and Josh Sacco pipping him, with third place for the Ruby Bella Beauty sponsored driving. Ceveri had himself in a positive mind set and showed he was one of the key contenders for pole position in the competitive KA4 Junior Light class. In the early stages of the session Ceveri was straight in the top five battle with Hall, Sacco, Jordan Wickham and William Thompson. With only tenths of a second separating the top five drivers, pole position was going to go down to the wire. Ceveri in his A1 Engines Motorsport powered kart put himself off the outside of the second row in fourth position overall in the thirty-nine-kart field.
Due to the split heats, position two was the starting spot for the opening heat races. Off the front row for heat one, a late start light going out in the opening heat meant for a poor start for Ceveri dropping down to position four. The Monthly Hosting sponsored entry had Thompson, Sacco and Oliver Wickham leading the field. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver put his head down and the top four battled hard at the front of the field for heat one victory. Young James come across the line in position four closely behind the three race leaders.
Great pace and a positive start to Saturday racing, Sunday couldn’t come quick enough for KA4 Junior Light front runner. Saturday night the rain drenched the Goulburn Valley Kart Club circuit making for a wet start to Sunday racing. Ceveri was off the front row again but unfortunately was involved in a turn one incident, putting himself to the back of the nineteen-kart field. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver got back on track and put his head down to try and make positions back up. Young James was setting lap times fast enough to be in the top five drivers while making up multiple spots throughout the race. In an impressive fight back, The Monthly Hosting sponsored entry came home in the top ten in position ten.
Due to the worsening conditions the rest of the race meeting was deemed unsafe to continue and was called off.
James’s father Tom expressed his happiness in James’s pace on Saturday with the kart setup he had. “Didn’t quite nail the dry set up. With such a short track with limited overtaking opportunities getting a good start is super critical (which he didn’t in race 1)”.
Young James was disappointed with the meeting being called of as he had plenty of pace to show. “I was happy with the speed in the wet race after being turned around at the first corner. Would have been nice to have the last two races to show that pace”.
Ceveri still right in championship contention will be looking to continue his strong pace at the next round of the Series at the Eastern Lions Kart Club.