Griffith gearing up for more kart glory
TEENAGE kart sensation Jackson Griffith is eyeing another successful year on the track as he gets set for the opening round of the Victorian Golden Power Series this weekend.
Griffith will again step up in grade and contest the Tag 125cc heavy class, an unrestricted open category.
In his first race last year Griffith set the tone for a strong debut campaign in senior ranks despite being the youngest driver in his class by two years.
“I moved up to a new class straight into the seniors and didn’t really know how I would go,” Griffith said.
“Everybody said I’d have to start at the bottom again but in the first race I went out and got third.
“From there we hoped it would be a good year and it turned out to be one.”
Griffith went on to claim the number one plate in NSW Southern Stars Championship while just missing out on a top three finish in the Victorian Golden Power Series as he fell to fourth in the final round.
A second-place finish at the Australasian Titles in Numurkah was also among his best results.
In all the 15 year- old raced 28 weekends in 2017 although this year he is planning a slightly less strenuous schedule.
“This year I’m going to race the Golden Power Series again as well as a Victorian country series over five rounds that’s based mainly in the western part of the state.
“I’ll race the Victorian Championships which is two rounds, the Australasian Titles and a few little one-off races.
“I think we worked out that it’s about 22 weekends in total.
“My hope is to back off a little this year and save a bit of money and then the year after go and compete in the Australian Kart Championships which takes place all over Australia.”
Griffith has high hopes for the first round of the Golden Power Series this weekend.
“After I got my new Arrow X5 chassis, we went down to Todd Road in Melbourne and did a bit of testing which was pretty positive,” Griffith said.
“I was only two-tenths off the best guy there so that was promising.
“It’s going to be good to start off in Albury, it’s just down the road and is my home track so we’ll see how we go.”