The Macau leg of the AKOC was Jackes' first-ever international race. With a consistent performance, he came out on top of his class during Friday's practice with a best lap time for Mini Rok of 57.37 seconds. But the downpour on Saturday made it difficult for the 9-year-old to adjust to the changing track conditions. Jackes took an early lead in the third heat on a dry track, but when it rained, the tricky conditions caused him to crash out and left him in last place.
Come Sunday, Jackes had a lot of work to do after Saturday's dismal result. A bad start in the final heat saw Jackes drop a few places, but quickly managed to slot himself in fifth. And in just three laps, his hard work paid off when he worked his way to the lead and kept the position all the way to the chequered flag.
“We never expected to win, we wanted to take Flynn out of the Philippines for him to see what the competition is like abroad,” said coach Mike Tuason. “ We are very proud of Flynn’s accomplishment just after a year of racing. We believe he has a very bright future in motorsports and will be one of the best racers in his generation.”
AKOC brings together the best Asian drivers and provides them the experience and training for global competition.