Jacko back on track

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

JACK­SON Grif­fith has col­lected the big­gest win of his kart­ing ca­reer with vic­tory in the Aus­tralasian ti­tles late last month.

It capped off a bril­liant Septem­ber for the Wandiligong teenager who claimed two wins in the space of a week.

Grif­fith’s run of form co­in­cided with a fixed chas­sis which held him back for much of the early part of the sea­son.

He dam­aged his Ar­row X5 in his lone start in the Aus­tralian Kart Cham­pi­onships in April but didn’t dis­cover the ex­tent of the dam­age un­til early Septem­ber.

“We never knew how bad it was un­til we got it tested and that’s when we found out it was in re­ally bad shape,” Grif­fith said.

“It was a bit frus­trat­ing to know that was the prob­lem but in say­ing that it has taught us so much about find­ing lit­tle prob­lems and set ups which has all lead to this point now.”

Af­ter get­ting the chas­sis straight­ened Grif­fith dis­cov­ered pace that had eluded him all sea­son long.

He notched vic­tory in round five of the Golden Power Se­ries at Swan Hill on Septem­ber 17 be­fore vic­tory at the Aus­tralasian ti­tles in Nu­murkah the fol­low­ing week.

“When you’re strug­gling to get re­sults, you start to doubt your­self a lit­tle bit but now we’ve got the chas­sis sorted it’s a big boost to the con­fi­dence know­ing that all the hard work you’ve put in is pay­ing off,” Grif­fith said.

“As soon as we sorted out the bent chas­sis you could see why it’s the best chas­sis around, it’s just so quick it’s un­be­liev­able.

“To blitz it at Swan Hill and then go to the Aus­tralasian ti­tles and get my best ever win was pretty great.”

Grif­fith will miss round six of Vic­to­rian Coun­try Se­ries while in the US on a fam­ily hol­i­day but will re­turn in time for the fi­nal round of the Golden Power Se­ries which he cur­rently leads by 30 points.

Puck­a­pun­yal is where he’ll look to wrap up the se­ries plate on No- vem­ber 3 and 4.

“We get back on the Wed­nes­day and that Thurs­day night we’ll head to Puck­a­pun­yal,” Grif­fith said.

“On the Thurs­day night I’ll have to re­build a few en­gines and the chas­sis so I reckon I’ll be very jet lagged and tired head­ing into the last round.

“I’ve got a 30-point lead which is re­ally small in the scheme of things be­cause I think I’m sit­ting on about 8000 points, so a 30-point lead is noth­ing re­ally.

“The last round is go­ing to de­cide the se­ries.”

PHO­TOS: Pace Im­ages

ON TOP: Jack­son Grif­fith cel­e­brates as he crosses the line and later on the podium af­ter se­cur­ing a big win at Nu­murkah two weeks ago.

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