Jack Jenkins took to his home circuit over the weekend at the third round of Golden Power Series, at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. Jenkins had a weekend of misfortune at the second round at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club and was looking to bounce back over the weekend. With a large field of thirty-nine karters in the ultra-competitive Cadet 12 class, Jenkins had a tough weekend ahead of him.
Young Jack showed great pace on Saturday morning racing around in the top five so the excitement and anticipation was building towards qualifying. Jenkins out of the Pulse Tuning Karting stable was straight into the top ten and then was in the battle for the top five spots. Young Jack did get as high as the top three throughout the session, but overall set the fourth fastest time to put himself on the outside of the second row.
Heat one was up next and the Pulse Tuning stable driver was excited to go racing. Jenkins had a superb start jumping up to second, running just behind race leader and pole sitter Alexander Yoannidis. Jenkins made a move on lap four to take the lead in his Danaher Moulton sponsored entry. With racing extremely tight at the front, Jenkins got shuffled back from the lead to position four. Young Jack came home in position four, not even half a second off the race winner.
Jenkins achieved another clean get away in heat two dropping into position four. Young Jack battled in the competitive top five all race long. Jenkins came home in position five grabbing more strong points to his championship assault.
Jenkins was again out of position four but after not getting the greatest start due to the inside drivers slip streaming. This resulted in Jenkins dropping to position seven off the start. The Pulse Tuning stable driver put his head down chasing after the karters in front of him. The Danaher Moulton driver made his way up to position six, setting the fastest lap of the race on the way through. Only a second off the race leader, Jenkins came home in position six looking forward to an exciting final.
Jenkins’s final had been cut short due to time constraints and was again hung out to dry by the inside drivers off the start. In position five at the end of the first lap, the Pulse Tuning stable driver put the head down and went to battle. The Danaher Moulton backed entry made the move for position four on lap three, chasing after a podium finish. Jenkins threw everything he had at the top three, coming home just off the podium in position four over all.
Jack’s parent were proud of her young sons driving. “Really proud of how Jack drove – he fought really hard all weekend”. Young Jack was happy with his weekend but was more concerned about his Cadet 9 friend who was injured in his final. “I was sad to see one of my teammates end up in hospital with a broken arm and I just want him to know how brave he was. I raced for him in the final”.
Jenkins will push on to the next round of the Golden Power Series in Bendigo looking for another strong result.