Archie Bristow made his return over the weekend to the Victorian Country Series for round three at the Portland Kart Club. Bristow has been one of the shining lights of the 2022 season, bursting onto the scene and having continually strong results at state and national level.
Portland, a track Archie had only raced at once before, was where the young driver was looking to continue his stellar start to the 2022 season. Bristow used all of Saturday practice to get the most out of his package and ready to shine for qualifying that afternoon.
The Bridgeswade Pools and Spa’s entry hit the circuit and was immediately putting in excellent lap times and pushing hard. Archie was at the top of the times and continually putting in lightening laps. In a breath-taking and dominate display, Bristow was able to take pole position by nearly four tenths of a second and have himself off pole position for heat one Sunday morning.
Sunday morning came around and Archie was excited for heat one, starting off the pole position. The Bristow Motorsport entry got a great start and lead out of the opening lap. Bristow was able to put his head down and put in smooth, fast and consistent lap times to open up margin on the rest of the field. Archie led every lap in heat one and was able to take victory by over seven seconds in a dominate display!
Heat two Bristow was looking to do much of the same as he did in heat one. The Bridgeswade Pools and Spa’s backed entry got another excellent start and led out of the opening lap of the race. Archie continued to show excellent pace and built margin on the rest of the field with ease and consistency. Bristow had his Parolin kart on rails and was able to make it two out of two heat wins, by taking victory by over five and half seconds.
The opening two heat races had Archie off pole position and looking to make a clean sweep of the weekend. The Bristow Motorsport entry made it three from three off the start, leading the opening lap and already in a commanding position. Bristow put together an excellent final, showing why he is one of the best Cadet 9 drivers in the country. Archie was able to make it a clean sweep and come away with victory in the final by over eight seconds!
Archie’s father Matt spoke post weekend on the great weekend they had. “This was only our second trip to Portland. The First being round 3 of the Victorian Country Series last year. Archie remembered that the race was pretty tough. He went out and used the practice sessions wisely to work on corner entry. After the first couple of practices, he seemed to have it nailed. His lap times were very consistent over the weekend.
“He got his head down and drove superbly, I don’t think he made a single mistake all weekend. It’s quite a technical track and he really enjoyed the challenge. Another awesome and clean race by all Cadet 9 drivers. Hats off to all of the volunteers who make these events such an enjoyable experience”.
Bristow will be back on track in the first weekend of July to continue his Golden Power Series assault at the Eastern Lions Kart Club!