John Reynolds took on one of the biggest meetings of his career in the 36th running of the Panduit City of Melbourne Kart Titles.
Reynolds has been applying his trade in the Victorian karting ranks and the states premier Golden Power Series. Racing in the TAG 125 Restricted Medium class, the near 20 kart field had plenty of star power and tough competitors. John was looking to Saturday morning qualifying to start his weekend as strong as possible.
Reynolds used Friday practice to get up to speed in his own designed and manufactured Sonic Boom chassis. John hit the track Saturday morning and had full concentration and determination on setting the best time possible. John was quickly able to make his way into the top 10 and was pushing on the top 5 group. Reynolds set a blister lap around the Todd Road circuit that had him finish in position 4 and be on the outside of the second row!
The start was going to be crucial and tough for Reynolds being on the outside down to turn number 1. The J & A Kart Tuning powered entry dropped back to position 7 on the opening lap but had the head down to try and make his way back forward through the field. John chopped and changed positions in the first half of the race but was able to move back into the top 5 in the dying stages. Reynolds crossed the finish line in position 5 overall in a great start to his racing weekend.
John knew the start was going to be a crucial part of the race and he was able to nail it this time round. The Sonic Boom sponsored entry was in position 3 and in the lead trio trying to go for race victory. Reynolds was able to make his way up to position 2 in the middle stages of the race with position changes all the time. In a superb race and great battle to the end, John was able to come home in position 3 in his best result of the weekend so far!
Position 3 was the starting point for Reynolds and more importantly on the inside on the run down to turn 1. John slotted into position 3 in the opening few laps but was shuffled back to position 10 on lap 3 in a race changing moment. The J & A Kart tuning backed entry refocused his attention to try and make his way back through the field. Reynolds did a terrific job to charge back up positions and cross the line in a respectable and fighting position 7 overall.
17 laps was the journey for the championship deciding final and Reynolds was keen to get into a strong position early. John slotted into position 7 on the opening lap before making his way into the top 5 in the early stages of proceedings. The Sonic Boom kart was working well and Reynolds was able to make his way into position 4 in the middle stages. The racing was tough and fast at the front with John doing a brilliant job to come home in position 5 in the championship deciding final!
Reynolds spoke post weekend on his racing and his help along the way. “I was wrapped to be racing at the pointy end all weekend in a competitive field in my designed and manufactured Sonic Boom chassis! A big thanks to Anthony Bartolo from J & A Kart Tuning and David Sera from Kartclass for all of his help”.
Reynolds will now look to finish off a busy 2022 season!