Brayden races in to impress

BRAYDEN Hughes is on track for a promising future.

The Tinana State School student may only be nine but he’s already showing he’s got an experienced race head on his shoulders when it comes to driving a go-kart

Hughes has just finished third overall in the rookie’s class in the three-race, Tri City Yamaha series.

He finished third in the opening race in Gympie and backed that performance up by finishing third again in round two in Gladstone.

A fourth place in the last race of the series in Bundaberg was enough to secure Hughes his impress finish.

Not a bad effort when you consider Hughes has only been driving a couple of years and he races against drivers who are a lot older than him – the rookie’s class has an age limit of 13.

He’s was the youngest in the class during the series.

But how did the talented Hughes get into the sport, a sport that sees drivers hurtle around a track of speeds up to 85kmh on some of the bigger ones?

His father Chris said one of the family’s regular trips to Maryborough Speedway sowed the first seed of interest.

“Brayden was with grandfather (long-time Maryborough Speedway stalwart Eddie Hughes) when there happened to be karts racing,” Hughes said.

“He was so impressed and even more so when he found out that the age you needed to be to drive one was seven – the rest is history.

“Brayden was hooked there and then.”

Since he started racing in the rookie class, Hughes has raced in nine meetings and finished on the podium seven times.

However, Brayden may not be the only member of his family to finish on a podium next year.

His father and younger brother Rylan are both going to be racing.

“We are all really looking forward to it,” Chris Hughes said.

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