Jack Jenkins took on his first ever Victorian State Championship over the weekend at the Eastern Lions Kart Club. Jenkins has been a young driver making waves and club and open level in Victoria. Jack took out the opening round of the Victorian Golden Power Series and finished runner up in the second. The Pulse Tuning supported entry had ran at the front of the field at his home track club meets, but this weekend he was up against the countries best!
Jenkins was up against a capacity field of forty drivers and Saturday morning qualifying was the start point for the young driver. The Pulse Tuning supported driver managed to move his way into the top twenty of the field but was looking to make his way further up the grid. Jack didn’t quite the pace or space he hoped for in qualifying and had to settle for position nineteen overall.
Jenkins and his team regrouped and looked to heat one to move their way forward. Jack was focused on getting a good start and trying to make his way up the field. The Pulse Tuning supported driver was able to make his way a massive eight spots on the opening lap settling just outside the top ten in position eleven. Jenkins was showing excellent speed and was able to continue his push forward and inside the top ten. In a sensational effort at the top level, Jack was able to make up twelve positions and come home in position seven to start his racing weekend!
Jenkins and his team were ecstatic with their opening race and was looking to move up once again in heat two. The Pulse Tuning supported entry moved up to position fifteen in the opening lap and was on the hunt to move forward. Jack put in another smooth and calculated drive to make up positions across the race and push himself into the top ten. In another excellent performance, Jenkins was able to come home in position ten overall and round out a great Saturday’s racing!
Sunday morning came around and Jack was excited to be starting inside the top ten for heat three due to his Saturday results. The Pulse Tuning entry slotted into position nine off the start and had a great opening half of the race moving into the top five in the middle stages. Jenkins continued to battle hard in the main pack just outside the lead group chopping and changing positions. In another display of maturity and experience beyond his years, Jack came home in position seven overall!
The Pulse Tuning entry was now starting out of position eight in the final and was ready to get the elbows out and race hard. Jenkins wasn’t quite able to get the start he was after dropping outside the top ten in the opening few laps. Jack put his head down and put in fast and consistent laps and was able to make his way back inside the top weekend. After a massive weekend of hard racing Jack was able to come home with a top ten result of position nine overall in his first attempt at a Victorian State Championship!
Jack’s parents spoke post weekend of how happy they were with their young driver’s results. “We’re couldn’t be more proud of Jack and his performance this weekend. He’s never raced the Victorian Kart Championship before and to come away in the top 10 in what was essentially an SP Tools Australian Kart Championship field was an awesome result”.
Jenkins will be back on track this weekend for the May round of the Eastern Lions Kart Club championship!