Jackson Stone took to the third round of the Golden Power Series over the weekend looking for a fun and clean weekend of racing. Stone competing in the KA4 Junior Heavy class for only the second time and had twenty-two other competitors to deal with in a class field. The Eastern Lions Kart Club was to host a fabulous weekend of racing and qualifying was the starting point for young Jackson.
Stone headed out the track for his qualifying session and being one of the youngest drivers in the field he had some stronger and more experienced drivers. Young Jackson in his Energy Kart battled inside the top twenty and was looking to improve. The DJM Race Engineering pilot set a time fast enough for position nineteen. Stone and the team were looking to build pace through kart set up and driver tweaks going into heat one.
Starting out of position nineteen for heat one Stone got a clean get away, staying in position nineteen. The Energy Kart driver was able to make his way up three spots in the next few laps in an improved effort. By mid-race the DJM Race Engineering had made his way inside the top fifteen continuing to move forward. Jackson came across the line in position fifteen, looking forward to heat two.
Stone got a lighting start in heat two jumping up inside the top ten at the end of the opening lap. In wet tricky conditions Jackson had good speed battling on the edge of the top ten all race. The Energy Kart driver crossed the line in position twelve but due to post race penalties was classified in position nine overall.
Stone was out of position twelve for the third heat in the now dry conditions. The Energy Kart driver didn’t get the start he was after, dropping back to position fourteen of the start. The DJM Race Engineering pilot battled hard inside the top fifteen all race. Jackson came home in position fifteen looking forward to the final.
Stone was out of position thirteen for his shortened final getting a clean get away staying in the fifteen. In a hotly contested race, the Energy Kart driver dropped just outside the top fifteen continuing to battle for position. The DJM Race Engineering driver came home in position seventeen overall in a weekend of improvement in speed and learning the new class.
Jackson father Ben noted it had been a weekend to take some great moments out of. “Jackson did really well for only his second meeting in the class. Heat two was the highlight in the wet with great set up advice from Dylan at DJM Race Engineering and Braden and Graham Clark. To come away with a top ten in one of the heats was a great result and we look forward to the next round of the series”.
Stone will now look ahead to the fourth round at the Bendigo Kart Club under the DJM Race Engineering fold.