Kristian Janev headed to the sunshine state for the fourth round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship last weekend in Emerald.
Janev running under the Pro Karting banner was having his third round in a row in the X30 class. Kristian had showed brilliant speed and that he could run with the best drivers in the country. Janev was looking to continue his assault going over the Emerald kart circuit.
Janev hit the track on Saturday morning for qualifying after spending Friday getting up to speed on the track and set up. In a near forty kart field, the Regency Windows backed entry made his way into the top twenty and was looking to push on forward. Kristian continued to push out improved laps and work his way up the grid. Janev stopped the clock in position fifteen and was looking to heat one to try and improve even further up the field.
Heat one was the racing starting point for Janev and he was looking to race his way up the field. The Pro Karting entry got a poor get away and dropped to twentieth position at the end of the opening lap with plenty of work to do. Kristian was able to make up spots with excellent pace and make his way back into the top fifteen drivers. Janev crossed the line in fourteenth position overall in a great fightback from his poor start.
Janev was able to get a much better start in heat two moving up a position. The Master Cabinetry sponsored entry raced hard and moved his way up on the edge of the top ten. Kristian racing with some of the countries best was moving up and down in positions. Janev crossed the line in thirteenth position overall.
Kristian had an abrupt and tough end to his day on Saturday with a tyre going flat in heat three. This caused a DNF result for Janev and had him starting out of position seventeen for the fourth heat.
Sunday morning was the fourth and final heat and Kristian was looking to turn things around from his DNF to finish Saturday. The Janev Building backed entry got a clean get away moving up two spots on the opening lap. Janev put in blistering pace moving his way up through the field. Kristian burst into the top ten and wasn’t stopping there, continuing to find his way forward through the field. Kristian came home with his best result of the weekend coming home in eighth position overall.
Position fifteen was the starting point for Janev in the final and he once again had the eyes on to move forward in the race. The Pro Karting driver got an impressive start quickly moving his way into the top ten. Kristian had excellent pace and was as high as position seven at one point in the final. As the battle with the best drivers in the country went on, Janev chopped and changed positions. Kristian was able to cross the line in the final in tenth position but was relegated to twelfth due to a drop down penalty.
Kristian’s father David spoke post weekend on his sons racing. “We had excellent pace this weekend but qualifying hurt our chances. A DNF in heat three put us behind but Kristian never gave up and showed awesome pace all weekend. We’ll be looking to have a clean weekend and qualify well at the next one”.
Janev will be back at the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship, next month at Newcastle.