Aiden Schweikert headed to the Eastern Lions Kart Club over the weekend for the fourth round of the 2022 Golden Power Series. Schweikert had reached the pinnacle of the series with a round win at Bendigo in April and was looking to continue his hot form. Aiden was aboard a new Melbourne Kart Centre Lando Norris chassis and was looking forward to fast and fun weekend of racing.
Schweikert headed out the gate Saturday morning and was looking at getting as far up the pecking order as possible. The Link Airways backed entry immediately put himself in the top ten and was trying to knock his way into the top five. Aiden using all of his concentration and pace was able to continue to improve his times and challenge for positions. Schweikert qualified in a competitive sixth position and was looking towards the heats for some hard racing.
The opening heat came around for the Cadet 12 driver on Saturday afternoon and Aiden was looking to race hard and move forward. The G & L Motor Repairs and Performance supported entry settled into sixth spot off the start and was battling just outside the top five for position. Schweikert pushed hard moving up and down while racing and trying to keep up with the front group. Aiden was able to finish the eight-lap heat inside the top ten in position seven overall!
Schweikert had his second heat later on Saturday afternoon and the team had tuned up the kart and were looking to move their way forward. Aiden got a clean get away and moved straight into the top five on the opening lap. The Jeremy Cross Physiotherapy & Haley Hire backed entry was able to move into the top four soon after and was right in the front pack for race victory. Schweikert was able to finish his Saturday on a high with an awesome fourth place finish, only being seven tenths behind the race winner.
Sunday was a new day and Aiden was looking to try and continue his move forward in heat three. The Link Airways sponsored entry maintained his fifth spot in the opening lap but dropped down towards the back half of the top ten in the early laps of the race. Schweikert dug deep and was able to move his way back forward with strong and excellent race craft as the laps went on. Aiden was able to come home with his second consecutive top five, with an excellent fifth in heat three.
Schweikert was once again out of position five and was looking to finish his weekend on a high and challenge for round victory. The G & L Motor Repairs and Performance backed entry slotted into position six off the start and was immediately in the battle outside of the top five. Aiden unfortunately didn’t quite have the pace to keep with the top group and was hard at work battle in the back half of the top ten. In a tough finish to the weekend, Schweikert crossed the line in ninth position overall, grabbing more valuable points for his championship.
Aiden’s father Justin spoke post weekend of his young drivers racing in the Golden Power Series. “It was a fun weekend of racing for Aiden. We really enjoy the Golden Power Series, the competition is fantastic with a great atmosphere. We’re looking forward to the next round in Rochester”.
Schweikert will be back on the track this weekend at the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at the Emerald Kart Club.