Grif­fith gear­ing up for more kart glory

Alpine Observer - - Sport - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.”

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