Jackson Brasher had his final racing hit out at the Go Kart Club of Victoria over the weekend before the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship.
Brasher, after a strong podium finish at the opening round of the Go Kart Club of Victoria club championship, was looking to continue his solid start to the season. Jackson had to contend against a strong field of fifteen drivers, with multiple state champions racing in the strong field.
Qualifying Saturday morning was were Brasher was looking to start his weekend. Eight o’clock Saturday morning came around and the Cadet 9 class was the first to hit the track. Within the first few laps of the session, Jackson was right in the battle at the front of the field and looked one of the main chances for pole position. Brasher under his A1 Engines Motorsport power was battling hard for pole position with state champion Cruz Kelly and regular front runner Carter Lamperd. In a scintillating performance and lighting lap, Jackson was able to go under the forty six second bracket and put his Parolin kart on pole position! The team were wrapped with the exciting start to Jackson’s weekend.
Heat one was the first race of the weekend and Jackson got the jump and lead the field after the opening lap. The young Cadet 9 parents were watching with anticipation. Cruz Kelly made a move for the lead on Brasher on lap two with the top three now glued together. In a calculated race Jackson settled in second until three laps to go making the move for the race lead. Brasher led into the final lap but Carter Lamperd made a move on the final lap taking the win and putting Jackson back to second spot. Brasher was now looking to the next race to try and get redemption.
Brasher was once again off pole position in heat two but had his race turned on its head at the opening corner. Brasher rotated at the opening turn and was now back in the field. Jackson in true grit and determination put his head down and used the training he’d learnt from eighteen time Australian champion David Sera’s Kart Class program, to move back up the field. Jackson moved inside the top five and in a breathtaking recovery was able to come home in position four, putting him still in the frame for the win come Sunday.
Sunday morning came around and Jackson was once again off the front row but this time on the outside. In a chaotic start with many positional changes, Brasher was able to stay in position two and then take the lead on lap two. The A1 Engines Motorsport powered driver led majority of the race but then dropped to position two on the penultimate lap, making for another grand stand finish. Jackson was then able to emerge from the final lap chaos in front taking his first race win of the weekend. The team were stoked and now looked to the final to try and take the round win.
The final was upon the Brasher camp and the young driver was looking to come home with the win. Jackson got a great start and lead out of the opening lap and had the eyes forward. Brasher had Cruz Kelly behind him in the early stages with Archie Bristow right behind him. Jackson continued to lead the race until lap eight where Bristow made a move for the lead keep the close racing and high nerves going. Brasher took the lead straight back on lap nine and was still in the lead going into the closing stages. In a highly entertaining but nervous finish, Jackson was able to hold his nerve and take victory and the round win.
The team were wrapped with the result with Jackson’s father Damien wrapped. “It was the perfect lead in to the Australian Kart Championship in a few weeks’ time” he told us.
Jackson spoke post-race of the excitement of his final. “I had a ball in the final with some great battles with Archie” The Cadet 9 ace told us. Brasher will no doubt be one of the main fancies heading into the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship. Brasher Racing would like to thank Kart Class and David Sera for there support and Brett Arnett from A1 Engines Motorsport.
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