Benjamin Classon is a driver starting to make headlines in the Eastern Lions Kart Club, Junior National driver ranks. Young Benjamin started out in a Silhoutte kart at the age of ten and joined the Eastern Lions Kart Club to improve his driving ability and position through the Pulse Tuning Team.
Every meeting this year Classon has improved, in July the young driver made a big breakthrough taking out the Eastern Lions Kart Club Day meeting. After a three-month enforced Covid break Classon and his father Paul were back at the circuit last weekend to try to take back-to-back round wins.
Sunday morning qualifying was the starting point for young Ben. The now Kosmic karter headed out on track and was right in the battle for pole position with fellow competitors Jarrod Bottomley, Taylem Mackinlay, Grace Riddell and Joshua King. On a drying track Classon set a strong pace and put in fast consistent lap times in the session putting him in the box seat. With a sharp lap time, Benjamin was able to put his kart off pole position by nearly two tenths over the twenty-one kart quality field.
Heat one came around and off pole position Classon jumped straight into the lead and had pressure in the early stages from Mackinlay and Bottomley. As the race went on the Kosmic and Pulse Tuning supported driver managed to start to open up a margin and break away from the field. Ben was able to take the opening heat by over two seconds and continue his strong start to the day.
After pole position, a heat one win and fastest lap of the race, Classon was looking to make it another heat win. Ben got a strong start and led away from the pack but was under pressure in the early stages. Very much like heat one, the Kosmic driver was able to open up a margin on the rest of his challengers. With another convincing performance, the Pulse Tuning supported driver worked hard to make it two from two heat wins.
Heat three and Ben was once again off pole position after taking the strongest results in the opening heats. The Kosmic karter achieved another strong start and led the early stages of the race. Classon was able to make it look easy out it front, opening up margin on the rest of the field for the third race in a row. The Pulse Tuning supported entry made it three from three in another dominate performance.
The final came around and Ben was looking to make it a clean sweep of the meeting. Due to his heat races, he was once again off pole position and looking to get away cleanly. The Kosmic driver achieved another lightening start, proving that his starts were a real strong point of his all day. Classon was once again able to open up margin and looked set for a dominate clean sweep. In a heart in mouth moment, Ben made his first mistake of the weekend and had Joshua King close right in on the back of him. In a tight finish the Pulse Tuning supported entry was able to hold on, clean sweep the weekend and take his second consecutive club day victory.
Speaking post weekend Ben’s father Paul couldn’t be prouder of his son. “It was another great weekend of racing. Ben is clearly talented and receives a great deal of encouragement from many of his other competitors. He was able to keep a fast-finishing Joshua King in the final and take the clean sweep”.
Ben will be back at the races later this year at the final club day at the Eastern Lions Kart Club in December.