Liam’s racing to the top
LIAM Jensen will not get his driver's licence for a few years but the teenager is no stranger to speeding in a vehicle.
The 14-year-old Fraser Coast lad is one of the Australia's rising stars in the world of go-karting.
Juggling high school studies with a Griffith University course in journalism - he wants to be sports writer - would normally be enough for a youngster to handle but Liam still finds the time to get behind the wheel.
"I've been racing for three years," he says.
"I've always had a thing with cars and racing.
"My parents suggested the idea to me and I was interested so we bought a kart and tried it out and I was instantly hooked.
"I like the social aspect, especially catching up with some of my friends who also race."
Racing under the Too Deadly Racing name, Liam has every reason to dream he will graduate from karts to V8s just as Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup did.
His trophy cabinet boasts souvenirs from the Central Queensland Series, the state titles, the National Junior Young Guns and key competitions in Gympie and Bundaberg.
"I feel focused," he says of competing. "I get a rush from the adrenaline that you get from such high speeds and the challenge of trying to beat the other go-karters."
While it will be a little while before he competes on Australia's toughest V8 circuits, Liam is certain he'll reach the pinnacle of Australian motor sport and maybe even take on the world.
"I'm currently focusing on gaining experience and improving my performance," he says.
"My ultimate racing goal is to one day compete in the GT3 Series," he says.
"It's a top-level motor sport category and you get to drive exotic purpose race-built supercars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins."
- APN NEWSDESK