Coast trio keen for Aussie titles
THREE Fraser Coast youngsters will have an opportunity to drive their way into the Maryborough Sporting Car Club history books this weekend.
The club has never been home to an Australian junior champion – the Thomsen brothers, Mitchell and Brody, together with Hamish Redman, will be on track to change that statistic.
The trio will contest the Australian Junior Sedan Championships at Latrobe Speedway in Tasmania.
They blew off the cobwebs after the long trip south by contesting the Tasmanian Junior Sedan Championships at Hobart Speedway.
Tinana’s Mitchell Thomsen finished the best of the contingent.
The 17-year-old finished fourth while his 14-year-old brother crossed the finishing line in 13th place.
Hervey Bay’s Hamish Redman, 16, finished ninth.
Fifty-four drivers will contest the nationals and Mitchell Thomsen said he would be doing his best to beat them all – even his brother.
“I’d love to win a national title big time,” the former Maryborough State High School student said.
“It would be a great way to start the year and would certainly be a great way to thank my parents for bringing us all this way.”
Mitchell, whose brother Scott is the current Queensland Street Sedan Champion (Scott will be in the pits for his brothers this week), is no stranger to having a crack at winning an Australian title.
He finished 10th in the titles last year.
He said it was an experience he would benefit from this time around.
“The key is doing nothing silly,” Mitchell, who has won two meetings already this season, said.
“I got caught up in a bit of a mess last season and I have no intention of doing that again.”
As for the other two locals in action, Brody Thomsen said he was feeling a little nervous ahead of his debut in the nationals while Redman, who finished fifth in the Queensland titles at Maryborough Speedway last month, said he was just planning to give it his best shot and make the Fraser Coast proud.