Jett Kocoski returned to the Newcastle Kart Club over the weekend upping the anti in his preparation for the final round of the Australian Kart Championship.
Kocoski has been a driver to watch in 2022, putting himself in the front group of the premier KA2 Junior class highlighted by a podium at round three of the championship. Kocoski was once again running for the Rush Performance team and was looking to race hard in the thirty driver field!
Jett used Friday practice to get up to speed and was ready to hit the track Saturday morning for qualifying. Kocoski had trouble before he even left the gate with a water pump issue putting him late out on track. The Major Property Solutions sponsored entry was able to get out on circuit but due to his track position, never got a clean lap in. Kocoski made the best of the situation qualifying in position thirteen overall and now looking to the heats to make his way forward.
Position thirteen was the all-important starting spot for heat one where Jett was looking to make his way forward. The Rush Performance backed entry didn’t get the start he was after, dropping down to sixteenth position overall with work to do. Kocoski put his head down and started making his way forward across the field. Jett put in a sensational drive moving up six spots from his poor start and crossing the line in position ten overall!
Kocoski had the eyes forward to get a better start then he did in the opening heat. Jett got a great start moving up a massive eight spots on the opening lap in a crucial part of the race and his weekend. The Haak Race Engines powered driver had his head down and was looking to make his way further up the field. Jett made his way up to fourth place in the back end of the race, where he finished in a brilliant recovery drive. Kocoski was now out of fourth position for his opening heat on Sunday.
The Major Property Solutions backed entry got a clean start and was once again racing inside the top five drivers in the field. Jett was showing strong pace and was once again just outside the top three. Kocoski crossed the line in fourth position overall.
The team had found a crack in the chassis overnight which they welded and were hoping it wasn’t going to affect his race for the weekend. Kocoski was out of position four once again but didn’t get the start he was after, dropping back to position eight overall. The Rush Performance entry dropped back spots at a quick rate and the cracked chassis looked like it was hurting the young driver’s chances. Jett crossed the line in position twenty one overall and was now looking to the final to try and turn his result around.
Position seven was the starting spot for Kocoski for the final. The Haak Race Engines supported entry had a terrible start and was down in position sixteen by turn three. Jett regrouped and started to put his head down, trying to make his way back up the field. Kocoski made his way back into the top fifteen and was charging towards the top ten drivers. Jett put in a great fight back crossing the line in position ten overall!
Jett’s father Bob spoke post weekend on his young son’s results. “It was a weekend of ups and downs. Jett had a brilliant second and third heat and showed he had the pace. A cracked chassis hurt our chances on Sunday but Jett never gave up and showed a brilliant attitude all weekend”.
Kocoski will be back on track this weekend for the City of Melbourne Titles at the Go Kart Club of Victoria.