Pulse Tuning stable driver Jack Jenkins took to the track over the weekend at the Eastern Lions Kart Club Australian Kart Championship Shakedown meeting.
Jenkins had a big field of twenty Cadet 12 karters to compete against. After some strong results at his home track in his last few meetings, Jenkins was excited for a great days racing.
Jenkins headed out on the track for qualifying but due to a flat tyre out on circuit, the Pulse Tuning stable driver couldn’t put his speed and set up to good use. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the start to the day he was after. In an impressive effort young Jack was still able to qualify, just outside the top ten in eleventh.
Jenkins looked to heat one to try and improve and move up places. Starting out of position eleven in wet tricky conditions, Jenkins got a rocket start moving up five spots on the opening lap. The Pulse Tuning stable driver set improved lap times all race and was able to come home just outside the top five in position six in a great recovery.
Heat two out of position elven again, Jack was looking to make another clean get away. The Pulse Tuning driver got another lightening start, jumping to ninth by the end of lap one and into the top five by half race distance showing great pace. Jack came home with a sixth and fifth in heat two, having him out of position five for the pre final.
The prefinal was a race that went bad at the first corner for young Jack due to someone else going off track in front of him. Jenkins rejoined at the rear of the twenty-kart field. In a fast and slick fight back the Pulse Tuning stable driver charged back through the field into the top ten in ninth position.
Jack unfortunately had his bad luck continue in the final once again, being involved in an incident through no fault of his own. Jenkins was outside the top ten but with some slick overtakes made his way back up through the field. In a great final with pace matching the race leaders, the Pulse Tuning stable driver come home in position five in a storming drive in the final.
Jack’s parents while realizing it was a tough day for their young son were still proud and happy with his days racing. “Despite a flat tyre in qualifying and a rough start in heat three Jack’s persistence paid off. He had some great overtakes and a good overall result and there are lots of positives to take from the day”.
Jack was happy with the fun weekend of racing he had. “I came into the weekend with the goal of having fun. I had a lot of challenges but made some really good comebacks”.
Jenkins now looks to the next round of the Eastern Lions Club Championship and the Australian Kart Championship round at the track later this month.