Kristian Janev returned to the Go Kart Club of Victoria over the weekend to compete in the ultra-competitive KA3 Junior class. Janev hadn’t raced on the circuit since his Australian Kart Championship podium earlier this year. After a great second place behind Harry Arnett at his last race meet, the Pro Karting backed entry was looking to go one spot better at the Todd Road circuit.
Janev hit the track for Sunday morning qualifying with over twenty strong KA3 Junior drivers ready to do battle. The Janev Building backed entry immediately put himself in the top five battle and looked to be one of the drivers to beat in the dry session. Kristian at times had himself on pole position but in a session that had many twists and turns. This resulted in Janev being the fourth fastest driver, putting him off the outside of the second row.
Heat one came around and Janev was looking to get a quick start. The Regency Windows backed entry got the lighting start he was after, moving into third by the end of the opening lap and was in the lead by lap three. Kristian came under increasing pressure from Amos Orr in the back end of the race but was able to hold onto a strong victory!
Again, out of position four in heat two, Janev stayed in position four in the opening few laps stalking the front three drivers. The Pro Karting backed entry made a move on Orr on lap three for third spot. Kristian was then in a battle with Orr and Thomson for second, third and fourth position. In a great bit of driving, the Janev Building backed entry was able to make his way into second by the final lap. This put Kristian off pole position in heat three, giving the team excitement and buzz going into the rest of the races.
Janev started off pole position and led the early stages of heat three with earlier pole sitter Hunter Salvatore hot on his heels. The Regency Windows backed entry dropped back to second in lap three, before retaking the lead on lap five. Janev was able to keep the head down for the remainder of the race and open up a one second advantage and the third heat of the day.
Janev was out of pole position for the final but knew he still had a tough task in front of him. With challenges coming from multiple drivers throughout the day. The Pro Karting backed entry was able to hold all at bay off the start but had current state champion Toby Dvorak pressuring him in the early stages. The Janev Building backed entry held his lead but had a charge from Benjamin Munro on his rear bumper. In a tough but exciting final, Kristian Janev was able to make it three wins from four races and the round win in KA3 Junior!
Kristian’s father David spoke of the excitement throughout the day. “Kristian drove really well today! We had some tough challenges throughout the day from some fast kids. Its exciting to grab the win and look forward to getting over to Monarto for the final round of AKC”.
Janev will head over to South Australia to continue his Australian Kart Championship assault in December.