Jett Kocoski has had a flat out month of racing and continued that over the weekend! Kocoski made the trip down to Victoria for the 36th running of the Panduit City of Melbourne Kart Titles out of the Go Kart Club of Victoria. Jett was once again racing in the premier KA2 junior class and was up against a field with multiple national and state champions.
Friday was utilised well for Jett who started the day at the back end of the top 10 but was pushing top 5 by the end of practice. The Major Property Solutions backed entry hit the track for qualifying and was in the top 5 drivers and pushing hard to get a fast lap in. Kocoski got a clean lap in and was able to put himself up on the front row of the grid in position 2 alongside multiple time national champion Lewis Francis.
Heat 1 was the starting of racing for Jett and he knew the start was going to be crucial for his weekend. The Rush Performance backed entry got a brilliant start slotting into position 2 but immediately started to slide down the order. Kocoski’s kart was lacking engine power which the team later discovered was a broken spark plug. Jett unfortunately fell outside of the top 10 and crossed the line in position 13.
Jett was determined to rebound after his poor opening heat. The Haak Race Engines powered driver got a poor start and unfortunately dropped outside the top 5 in the opening lap. Kocoski went to work and was able to make his way back up into the top 5 and as high as position 4 during the race. Jett was in the front pack battling hard and was overtaken on the final lap resulting in position 5 for his second heat.
Kocoski was now out of position 9 for the third heat and knew he had to move forward across the race. Heat 3 was up on Sunday morning and Jett was able to get his best start of the weekend. The Kart Store AU sponsored entry moved into the top 5 on the opening lap and was pushing hard to make up more positions as the race went on. Kocoski made his way into position 4 and sat there for majority of the race going into the last lap. Jett crossed the line in position 5 which had him off the inside of row 3 for the 17 lap final.
The final only counts format meant where Jett finished in the final was where he finished for the weekend. The Major Property Solutions backed entry got a great start and moved into position 3 on the opening lap. Kocoski made a move for position 2 on lap 7 and looked on for a podium result. Jett’s raced unfortunately took a turn for the worse after being ran wide in turn 1 and dropping down the order. Kocoski couldn’t get his tyres to come back on and crossed the line inside the top 10 in position 9.
Jett’s father Bob spoke post weekend on his sons racing at the Todd Road circuit. “We had great pace this weekend. Heat 1 hurt us but Jett fought back up to the front and was looking strong in the final. It was a shame to run wide and drop out of the podium places but Jett never gave up all weekend and had some great pace”.
Kocoski will be back on circuit next weekend for the final round of the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship at the Newcastle Kart Club.