James Ceveri looked to continue his strong season in the Golden Power Series over the weekend. Racing at the Eastern Lions Kart Club at Puckapunyal, Ceveri was looking to build on his podium finish at Rochester and strong pace at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club. Young James was up against thirty-four other KA4 Junior Light competitors in the second biggest field of the weekend.
Ceveri started his weekend strong, being in the top ten in both practice sessions before Saturday qualifying. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver headed out for qualifying and was in the battle inside the top ten. James pushed on the edge of the top five at the start of session and looked to set to continue to improve. Ceveri ultimately set the eighth fastest time in a competitive where a tenth of a second improvement would have seen him starting fourth.
Ceveri headed out on circuit for his opening heat starting off the outside of the fourth row and got a clean get away, dropping no spots off the start. The Monthly Hosting sponsored entry had encouraging pace making moves for position seven and six through the early to mid-stages of the race. Young James when looking to be on the verge of the top five was unfortunately taken out of contention, resulting in a DNF result.
Ceveri was looking to bounce back in heat two and a lightening start had him up inside the top five of the opening lap. The Windridge Fencing entry ran as high as fourth throughout the race before dropping back to position five on the final lap. James was happy with his second heat but due to his DNF in heat one was starting in position nine for heat three (based on points from heats 1 & 2).
Ceveri starting off the fifth row achieved another great start, jumping up to position seven at the end of lap one. The Mcintosh Signs sponsored entry battled on the edge of the top five throughout the rest of the race showing he had strong pace. James came home in position seven, putting him out of position eight for the final.
Due to some prior red flags in previous races, Ceveri’s final was cut from twelve laps to seven, so a clean get away was crucial to his final. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver jumped straight inside the top five and was on the hunt for a podium finish. James made the move for position four on lap six and came within two tenths of a podium as he crossed the line. Ceveri’s fourth place was another strong result to his championship series.
James was happy with his fightback but noted the shortening of the final hurt his podium chances. “I needed the final race to run the full 12 laps to keep making positions after a disappointing qualifying and then the race 1 DNF (after being bumped off), but it was not to be as the race was cut to 7 laps. Still happy with the recovery to be fourth”.
Ceveri now has another big challenge ahead, moving up to the KA3 Senior Light class for the next round of the Golden Power Series at his home track the Bendigo Kart Club on June 5 & 6.