Aiden Schweikert returned to the Goulburn Valley Kart Club over the weekend for the annual Australasian Kart Titles. Schweikert has had a busy season racing all over the country from club level, all the way through to the SP Tools Australian Kart Championship. Aiden was looking forward to a fun weekend of racing and was determined to be in the hunt for the red plate title.
Qualifying was the first part of Schweikert’s racing weekend after a couple of practice sessions to get his eye in. The Link Airways backed entry put himself straight into the top 5 and was pushing hard to get us far up the grid as possible. Aiden put himself into the top 3 and was within a tenth of pole position in an exciting session. Schweikert stopped the clock in 3rd position overall, only 6 hundreaths of a second of pole position!
Heat 1 was the first race of the weekend and Aiden unfortunately didn’t start the race how he wanted. The Motiv8 sponsored entry was hit from behind at turn 1 and put to the rear of the field. Schweikert was able to get back on track and started to get his head down and move forward throughout the race. Aiden did a brilliant job to make his way back up to 6th spot by the chequered flag, just outside the top 5 drivers.
Schweikert was back out of position 3 for heat 2 where he was shuffled back to position 4 in the opening lap. The Haley Hire backed entry got his head down and joined the top 3 drivers in a battle for the lead of the race. Aiden continued to push hard and was doing everything he could to stay in the battle and move up positions. Schweikert crossed the line in position 4, only 8 tenths off race victory in a close finish.
Position 5 was the starting position for heat 3 and Aiden was determined to get a strong start and move forward. The G & L Motor Repairs and Performance sponsored entry got an excellent start and moved up to position 3 on lap 1. Schweikert was able to continue his progress moving up to 2nd spot on lap 6 and then made his way into the lead in the 2nd half of the race. Aiden was able to put in a faultless drive taking victory and putting himself into contention for the title!
Aiden had moved up to position 3 for his starting spot in the final and got a crucial start, moving into the top 2 on the opening lap. The Jeremy Cross Physiotherapy backed entry was right in the fight for victory and hit the front on lap 6. Schweikert and fellow front runner Jai George both had their turn at the front of the field in an epic race. In a close finish and great battle, Schweikert came home on the podium in 2nd position overall!
Aiden spoke post weekend on his fun 2 days of racing. “I had a great weekend, improved a lot and had a lot of fun. After some great racing and battling we ended up second in a close final and congratulations to Jai on the red plate”.
Schweikert will have little time to rest being back on the track this weekend coming for the 5th round of the Victorian Golden Power Series.