Jake Klein showed his true potential with consistent top five results through out the weekend up in Townsville as part of the second round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series.
Even though it was Jake’s first time racing on the Townsville street circuit, he finished both of Friday’s practice sessions in fifth place matching the pace of the championship contenders in his rebuilt Toyota 86 race car.
Jake came to grips with the new circuit quite quickly, although had a minor brush with the tyre wall at Turn 11, discovering the limits early in the first practice session.
Qualifying didn’t go as well for Jake. He set a time of 1:31.0181 which was only good enough for ninth on the grid. While he matched the pace from practice, he failed to improve with fresh tyres and better track conditions on Saturday morning.
“We got it a little wrong in qualifying which saw us start 9th position. However, I knew I was capable of running a bit further up than that.” said Klein after qualifying.
Jake made up for this for his average qualifying, moving up to sixth in the Saturday afternoons first race of the weekend, battling and getting past professional race car driver, Alex Davison, in the process.
The second race was declared a non-event after an accident in the mid-field at Turn 2 blocked the track causing the race to be red flagged. Unfortunately the track couldn’t be cleared in time for the race to be resumed.
This saw Jake start from sixth in the third and final race of the weekend, although he would lose a few positions in an action packed start. He would then recover and fight his way up to fourth place in shortened race after another competitor caused a lengthy safety car period.
“I didn’t get the best start and fell back a few positions in that last race. But I fought my way back up to fifth and then got another off the restart.” said Klein after the Sunday afternoons race.
“It’s a positive sign for the year ahead. I definitely had a much better weekend than Phillip Island, and it shows that I can run up the front.” he continued.
All in all it was a positive weekend for Jake, scoring good bank of points from the two completed races up in Townsville. Jake has now moved up to 11th in the Toyota 86 Racing Series series standings.
Townsville Race Results
Race 1 – 6th
Race 2 – Declared Non-Event
Race 3 – 4th