COLDWATER, ON – Having committed to making the considerable leap from weekly Super Stock competition to the APC United Late Model Series in 2018, rising star Jade Franklin has spent his offseason preparing for a fulltime effort with Ontario’s premier short track tour.
“We’re definitely hoping to come out and compete at the front every night,” says Franklin with confidence. “We just need to be consistent with everything that we do. If we can get better and better with this car, then I know we can be a factor.”
“It won’t be easy at all – but we’re ready to embrace the whole process. Everything from start to finish. We’re going to learn from the good nights and the bad nights.”
Franklin cut his teeth in the wildly talented Sunset Speedway Super Stock division, and is no stranger to racing against top-level talent, although he knows that the quality of competition he’s likely to face night-in and night-out on tour will be unlike anything he’s faced as of yet.
“The APC Series is the best roster around – no question about it,” says the Coldwater, ON native. “I think the 2018 edition is going to be the toughest one yet. Every year it gets deeper. It’s pretty amazing how competitive every single one of their races are.”
“There are easily a dozen teams that could win on any given night. And now there are a bunch of ex-weekly racers like myself coming over to join the tour. So, it’s getting better every year. We’re excited to be a part of it.”
Still, despite the fact that he’ll be standing nose-to-nose with many of the best short trackers in the province, Franklin has his ambitions laid out as his team readies themselves for their biggest challenge to date.
“Our goal is just to take things one week at a time,” says Franklin. “I know that we have a good chance at contending for the rookie points. That’s what we’re working towards, for sure. Our goal is to learn with every race and know that we’re going to be better every time we sign in at the pit gate than we were the week before.”