Third-generation racer Jayden Lock is carrying on his family’s speedway racing tradition, currently contesting his fourth season in the Junior Quarter Midgets 120cc Open class.
Following in the footsteps of his dad Murray, who previously raced Wingless Sprints and is crew chief for his brother (Jayden’s uncle) Phil Lock, who is currently racing 360 Sprintcars, the 10-year-old racer has a rich speedway pedigree, with his grandfather Jim Lock also having raced in the Sportsman class in the 1970s and 80s.
Lock’s four-year Junior Quarter Midgets career has so far seen him come away with numerous feature-race wins and some major event victories, including two Australian Grand Prix’s, as well as winning the Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria aggregate point score on two occasions. One of his highlights was being able to complete some demonstration laps on the big track at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway during a World Series Sprintcars round, before getting the chance to meet the 410 Sprintcar drivers he greatly admires and looks up to.
While he doesn’t like to pay attention when his dad tells him to clean his room at home, the calculated Geelong-based racer has a knack for taking advice on board at the track, learning as much as he can in order to improve his driving, as well as enjoying the sport’s social aspect, having made a number of good friends.
Eventually hoping to follow in the footsteps of his favourite drivers Jamie Veal, James McFadden and of course his Uncle Phil, Lock hopes to one day make the move into Sprintcars.
Lock would like to thank the following sponsors for their valued support throughout the 2016-17 season: Lock Shocks, Colac Body Works, Online Signs and Uncle Phil. He would also like to give special thanks to his mum and dad, Tracey and Murray, his younger brother Toby, his Aunty Mandy and cousin Pary, and his grandparents, Jim and Elaine Lock and Graeme and Berryl Lee.
A Junior Quarter Midget is a quarter scale version of an actual open wheel midget (Speedcar) which is open to race for kids between five and 16 years of age. The cars are built around a tubular chromoly frame including ant-intrusion bars and kick-outs to stop wheel interference. All vehicles are fully suspended with coil over racing shock absorbers.
The vehicle bodies consist of fibreglass and aluminium and the cars are powered by Honda GX120 or GX160 single cylinder air-cooled 4 cycle engines providing 4.5-5.5 horsepower in standard configuration. The emphasis in Quarter Midget Racing is on participation and skill building and as such, the JQMA has a strict sealed, standard motor policy.
For more information on Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria, visit their website at www.jqmv.com.au or contact their President Graham Hutchinson on 0417 566 709.