Aiden Schweikert qualified on the front row of the grid at the Goulburn Valley Kart Club Golden Power Series round in 2021. The young Cadet 12 was back in 2022 looking to kick off his series! Schweikert was a karter who made huge inroads in the Covid affected 2021 season and was looking to continue this in 2022.
Aiden used the opening two practice sessions to improve his pace and the set up of his Parolin entry and looked to Saturday afternoon qualifying! Schweikert headed out for Saturday afternoon qualifying in a highly competitive field of nineteen drivers. The Link Airways sponsored entry immediately put himself in the top ten and was pushing the edge of the top five on lap speed. The top ten was super competitive, only being separated by three tenths at time through the session making the battle for pole position intense. Aiden set the seventh fastest time of the session just two tenths off pole position.
Schweikert would be starting of the fourth round for the opening few heats. Aiden was out of position seven was looking to move forward throughout the race. The G & L Motor Repairs and Performance backed entry settled into position eight for the first half of the race and had the eyes on moving forward through the field. Schweikert was able to move up to position six on the seventh lap of the race and then dropped back to position seven on lap eight in the mid pack battle. Aiden crossed the line in seventh in heat one concluding the young drivers Saturday racing.
Schweikert came to the track Sunday with a positive mind set and was looking to make his way forward. The Jeremy Cross Physiotherapy sponsored entry got a great start moving up to position six on the opening lap and going in chase of the top five. Aiden fought hard but couldn’t quite break into the top five, crossing the line in position six and having his best finish for the weekend.
The young driver was looking to heat three to continue his charge. Aiden was out of position seven once again and got an excellent start moving up to position six by the end of the opening lap. The Haley Hire backed entry was able to jump inside the top five on lap four and stalk the back of fourth place in the process. Finishing just under a second off fourth place by the end of the ten laps, Schweikert managed to have his best finish so far of the weekend coming home in position five.
The young driver was now looking to the final and was trying to put his best result in of the weekend. The Link Airways backed entry settled into position six at the end of the opening lap but dropped back to position seven on lap two with work to do. Aiden made his way back up into position six in the middle stages and chased after the top five drivers. Schweikert got back within a tenth of the top five, crossing the line in position six in the final in a consistent weekend.
Aiden spoke post-race of a tough weekend for himself. “Not quite where I wanted to be, but overall, a great weekend and I had heaps of fun”.
Aiden’s dad Justin couldn’t be on track all weekend so was grateful Aiden could still race. “This was the first weekend that I wasn’t able to be there for most of it. It was really tough not being involved for the whole thing but we were very lucky that Aiden’s Grandpa and Aunty were able to help him. They did such a great job. I also want to thank everyone that came up and offered help while I wasn’t there. We’re so lucky to be involved with such a great community”.
Aiden will be back on track this weekend at the opening round of the Australian Kart Championship at the Go Kart Club of Victoria.Enter