Alex Kuzmanovic (left) and Hervey Bay’s Kayla Barron are just two of the young local drivers giving speedway a go.
Alex Kuzmanovic (left) and Hervey Bay’s Kayla Barron are just two of the young local drivers giving speedway a go. Alistair Brightman

Speedway kids drive to future

I BELIEVE that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way – Whitney Houston.

Speedway expert? I don’t think so.

But the American singer’s lyrics could very well be the motto of the Maryborough Sporting Car Club with the amount of young drivers giving speedway a go.

Alex Kuzmanovic is one of them.

Just two months ago, the 14-year-old from Howard went to watch some of the on-track action from the stands at Maryborough Speedway.

Now she sits on the other side of the fence – in her car and racing in the Junior Sedan division.

Although she didn’t finish her first night of racing (someone crashed into her in her third heat) Kuzmanovic said she loves every minute of her new sport.

“It’s such an awesome experience – it’s a bit hard to explain just how it makes you feel,” she said.

“I just didn’t want to get out of my car after each heat because I wanted to keep going.

“You cannot beat it as far as I’m concerned and I am so glad that I decided to give it a go.”

After her first meeting, Kuzmanovic, who will be racing in Maryborough this Saturday night, said she is now aware of what’s needed to be competitive.

“You’ve just got to put your foot down and keep it there,” she laughed.

Maryborough Sporting Car Club president Ryan Harris said it was great to see youngsters like Kuzmanovic having a go.

“Junior Sedan racing is going from strength-to-strength in the club and the numbers of young drivers is increasing all the time,” Harris said.

“Racing in this division is all about giving kids between the age of 10 and 17 the opportunity to drive a manual car in a safe and controlled environment.

“These cars are decked out with NASCAR type roll cages and all the latest up to date safety devices including full containment seats.

“By the time these kids are able to hold a road licence some of them have had seven years of experience – you cannot buy that type of experience.

“They also have plenty of fun getting it.”

Queensland Street Sedan champion, Maryborough’s Scott Thomsen, came up through the junior ranks at the club on his way to being the best at only 19.

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