Jacko back on track
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.”
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.