Young Victorian Karting ace Jai George has had an abrupt end to his career as a Cadet 9 karter.
George, who has been one of the young drivers to watch in the state, turns ten today effectively ending his days as a Cadet 9 driver. Per the Karting Australia rules the moment a Cadet 9 driver turns ten they have to move up into the Cadet 12 category, leaving George and his family in a disappointing position.
Young Jai was having a stellar first season and had strong results all around the state. Running under the same number all season Jai has made sure all karters and parents remember the Kosmic 47 entry!
George made a statement at his opening meeting of the year, blasting onto the front row of the opening round of the Junior Top Guns at the Oakleigh Go Kart Club. Young Jai under his Anarchy Kart sport power ran top five all day at one of the toughest tracks in the state, coming home with a strong position four to start the season! Jai with strong will and support from his older brother Riley was able to continue his strong top five pace on night two of the series. In his Kosmic kart Jai just missed the podium coming home in fourth pace overall in the series. George had an exciting start to the karting season and had fired a warning to his fellow Cadet 9 competitors!
Cobden was the destination of George’s first victory of the 2021 karting series! George took on the opening round of Cobden club championship and was able to show he was force to be reckoned with. This gave young Jai great confidence, with February being a busy month for the young driver. George was able to make a huge statement at the opening round of the Golden Power Series. After qualifying down in ninth Jai was able to move up to second spot in heat one, fifth in heat two and third in heat three. George under his Anarchy Kart sport power was able to take a dominate final win and round victory by over three seconds taking his first open win for the season.
George continued his fruitful February coming away with another two podium finishes at the Oakleigh Go Kart Club and the Eastern Lions Kart Club race meetings. Jai ran around the top five all day at Oakleigh before storming onto the podium in third in another top three result. In a great battle with Cayden Humphrey on the Sunday at Eastern Lions, George was right in the battle for the win taking heat three victory. In a close exciting final Jai come home in position two with another podium result.
March was another extremely busy month for the George family with the opening round of the Victorian Metro Series, the second round of the Golden Power Series and two club days on Jai’s agenda. Young Jai qualified in position three and came home with a strong third and second in the two heats to start his series. The Anarchy Kart sport powered driver came away with his fifth podium finish of the season and second at open level in third spot.
George took back-to-back round wins in the Golden Power Series at round two at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club. After qualifying in position three George made a great start in heat one coming home in position two. In a strong drive Jai came home with the heat two win and due to the shortened round took his second open round win and third win of the season.
Jai finished his racing month with a strong podium position in third at the Oakleigh Go Kart Club. This was the final racing preparation at Oakleigh for the Cadet 9 ace before his Victorian State Championship assault! With another strong day of club racing at the Eastern Lions Kart Club George was able to come home in second position overall. In one of his best months of the season, Jai was able to come away with a golden power series round win and three other podium results.
April had three meeting’s on for Jai with one of them being his biggest challenge to date, the Victorian State Titles at the Oakleigh Go Kart Club. Under his Anarchy Kartsport power George ran as high as seventh in the opening heat. Jai came home in eighth position in the final putting himself in the top ten drivers in the state of Victoria in an exciting moment for the young driver.
George finished the month heading to his third Eastern Lions Kart Club meeting. Jai was able to qualify on pole position and take three strong wins of four for the day. This was young Jai’s first win at the Eastern Lions Kart Club and fourth win of the season.
May was another block buster month for young Jai, under taking racing in all three Victorian Racing Series. First up for young Jai was the third round of the Golden Power Series at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. In a bumper field of near twenty drivers, Jai was able to put in another stellar qualifying effort landing on the front row in position two! George had a mixed bag in the heats taking an emphatic heat one victory but dropping down to position nine in the wet second heat. Another tough heat for George down in position twelve had him starting down in seventh for the final. The Kosmic karter drove his way up the field just missing the podium in position four with a strong fight back shown. In back-to-back meetings at the Eastern Lions Kart Club, Jai was back at the track to undertake in the second round of the Victorian Metro Series. The Anarchy Kart Sport powered driver had another strong qualifying, starting on the inside of the second row in position three. Jai had strong heat races coming home in position five and six gathering more points to his strong championship position! In one of his most exciting and closest finals of his season, Jai was in a battle with five other drivers at the front! Jai only a few kart lengths of the leader came home in position six for the race and the round in a wild race.
Jai took his racing to the third and final series for him in the Victorian Country Series in April at Warnambool and May at Portland. Jai took on the second round of the series and with guidance from his older brother Riley, was able to come away with some strong results. George qualified in position five and looked to the heats to move forward. George dropped a couple of spots in heat one going back to seventh and stayed in position five for heat two having him out of position six for the final. In a storming drive George was able to move from position six up onto the podium by races end, in third spot! George came back to the series for the third round at Portland looking to continue his strong results in the series. Jai continued his strong season of qualifying, plonking himself on the outside of the front row for the heats. Heat one didn’t go Jai’s way, coming home in position five but a strong position two in heat two had the young driver in strong spirits for the final. In what was an exciting final and awesome drive by the young Cadet 9 driver, Jai was able to come home with his second consecutive podium in the series in third spot!
Jai completed the month of May with the exciting news of landing his first sponsor and supporter in The Barber Master Croydon. The Barber Master Croydon was excited to come aboard after Jai’s stellar start to the season and the Australian Kart Championship on the young 47 karters radar.
Due to the ongoing COVID situation Jai’s June was robbed of racing and didn’t have him hit the track until July for the Eastern Lions Kart Club race meeting. The 47 kart put himself in strong contention in position three, behind two of the states best in Lucas Constanzo and Cruz Kelly. George battled in all the heat races and was able to come home in another great podium result in third spot.
Due to further lockdowns this would be the final race meeting in Cadet 9 for young Jai. While extremely disappointed at missing the rest of the Golden Power Series, Metro Series, Vic Country Series and many other open meetings in the Cadet 9 class. Jai and his family were shattered to miss his Australian Kart Championship debut at the Eastern Lions Kart Club but new Jai had the talent and class to be there. Jai’s parents and older brother Riley were extremely proud of their young driver.
After strong support all season from his dad Jason, mother Sharee and older brother and coach Riley Jai was able to have a sensational season in the Cadet 9 ranks, attracting another sponsor Bella Building Services! At club level Jai was able to come away with five club day podiums and two club day round wins at the Eastern Lions Kart Club and Cobden Kart Club Day. At Open level the 47 karter came away with four podium finishes across two different series. His biggest highlights were his round one and round two Golden Power Series round wins taking his race meeting wins to four for the season and eight podium finishes!
Young Jai leaves the Cadet 9 class leading the Golden Power Series, top three in the Victorian Metro Series and top three in the Eastern Lions Club Championship in a breakthrough season. In a season to remember for his family and friends the name Jai George won’t be getting forgotten anytime soon.
The Cadet 12 class awaits the young star and the 47 driver will be one to watch in the future karting seasons!