Jack Jenkins took to the Go Kart track over the weekend for the Eastern Lions Kart Club February round. Jenkins who was a regular front runner in the club championship last year was looking to continue his good form into 2022.
This being his final season in the Cadet 12 ranks, Jenkins is looking to have a big season of results.
Sunday morning qualifying was the start to Jacks racing weekend as he headed out on circuit with seventeen other drivers. The Pulse Tuning supported entry was immediately in the battle for the top five and was showing strong pace in the battle for pole position. Jenkins was as high as second position at one point but was in the top five the whole session. Jack set a time fast enough for fourth position overall putting him on the outside of the second row.
Jenkins headed out for heat one and knew his start was critical being off the outside. In an amazing bit of driving and bravery, Jack got a lighting start and led into turn one and was ready to give it his all for the win. Unfortunately, Jenkins’s charge for victory was over before it began, getting pushed off circuit and was down to position six. Jack in true grit and a determined performance made his way back into the top three in the opening half of the race. By race end, the Pulse Tuning driver had done an incredible job getting back up to second place in a great recovery.
Jenkins was once again off position four for heat two, getting another good start and jumping to position three. Jack stalked the back of Jai George in the opening stages of the race before making the move for second position. Jenkins chased after race leader Hamish Campbell but had to settle for second spot overall in an improved effort in lap speed.
Due to his opening two results, Jenkins was off the front row and ready to try challenge Campbell. The Pulse Tuning backed entry got a great start settling into position two, but wasn’t quite able to match the pace of leader Campbell. In another consistent and smooth drive, Jenkins was able to come away with second position overall and now looked to the final to try and finish the weekend on a high.
Jenkins was off the front row for the extend final and was looking to see if he had anything to challenge Campbell. Jenkins got another smooth get away but had to settle into second spot. Jack threw everything he had at the race leader but didn’t quite have the pace to match his faster rival. The Pulse Tuning supported entry put in another consistent performance, coming home in second spot in the final and second overall for the meeting.
Jack’s parents were happy with the start to the young driver’s season. “We were really pleased with Jack’s driving. He was determined. One of the highlights was Jack’s recovery in heat 1 to finish 2nd (after leading and then being bumped back to 6th). Lots of positives overall and a great start to Jack’s last year in cadet 12”.
Jenkins will be back behind the wheel this weekend for the opening round of Victorian Golden Power Series at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club.