Jack Jenkins took to the track for the final time in 2021 at the December Eastern Lions Kart Club over the weekend. Jenkins has been a regular front runner over the last few rounds of the club championship and was looking to continue his strong form.
With a strong field of twenty-five karters taking to the starter, Jack knew he had to get off to a strong start in Saturday morning qualifying. The Pulse Tuning stable hit the track for Sunday morning qualifying for his normal warm up procedure. Jenkins, you could tell quite early in the session, was in the zone and was a strong chance to be up the front of field. Jack was straight into the top five and was setting times that had him in strong calculations for pole position. With great driving and consistent laps, Jack set the second fastest time of the session, putting him on the outside of the front row of the grid for the opening heats.
Young Jack looked to heat one where he wanted to try and knock off pole sitter and rival Joanne Ciconte. Jenkins slotted into second position off the start behind the pole sitter and threw consistent smooth laps out to chase after the race leader. Jack didn’t quite have the pace in the opening heat to go with the race leader, coming home in a consistent second spot a couple of seconds behind the race leader.
Heat two came around and Jack was looking to close the gap to Ciconte and challenge the heat one winner. The Pulse Tuning stable driver got a much better start and looked a real threat in the battle for victory. Jenkins set the fastest lap of the race and on the second last lap made a move for the race lead. With the two drivers separated by only seven hundredths of a second, Jack was able to take a breakthrough victory and making it a heat win a piece.
Heat three was even more chaotic for Jenkins dropping back to third on the opening lap. Jack stalked his competitors, race leader Lucas Costanzo and Ciconte in the early stages. Jenkins made his way back up into second position on lap five right behind race leader Ciconte. In another thrilling finish, Jenkins came home in tight second spot, under a tenth of the race win.
Excitement was building up to the final for what was going to be a heart stopping race. The final came around and Jack was determined to finish his racing season with a win. The Pulse Tuning backed entry slotted into second spot in the early laps behind Ciconte. Lap three Jenkins made the moved for the lead of the race and put his head down looking for victory. In one of his best drives of the season, Jack was able to lead the rest of the race, open up margin and take his second victory of the day.
Due to a count back in qualifying, Jenkins finished the day in second overall while also taking out second overall in the Cadet 12 club championship.
Jack’s parents Michael and Jo were proud of their young son and driver. “We were really impressed with how Jack drove and his attitude across the day. He fought hard and was determined to give it his all”.
Jenkins will be a driver making waves in 2022 after a stellar 2021 season.