RACING: Warwick driver Jayden O'Dea is gearing up for this weekend's Junior Top Guns at Sandy Creek Raceway.
RACING: Warwick driver Jayden O'Dea is gearing up for this weekend's Junior Top Guns at Sandy Creek Raceway. Gerard Walsh

Drivers ready for top guns

KARTING: Jayden O'Dea has one aim in mind as he competes for the second time in the Junior Top Guns karting at Sandy Creek Raceway this weekend.

"I want to drive a personal best of 48.8 this weekend,” he said.

Jayden, 10, has been competing with the Warwick Karting Club for a little over a year and was in the Junior Top Guns last year on his P plates.

This year, he is in a field of 28 in the cadet 12 class.

While he is the only Warwick-based driver in the class, some members of the Warwick Karting Club from other centres will also fly the Warwick flag in the meeting.

Jayden started off with times of just under a minute on the 1km track at Sandy Creek Raceway and now has his best time down to 48.95 seconds.

He tops 91kmh down the main straight.

"I like the speed in karting,” Jayden said.

His favourite section of the track is the main straight on the pub side of the circuit and he enjoys the chance to negotiate turn one on the south-west corner of the track.

He drives a JC kart and will be able to compete in the cadet 12 class next year as well.

Earlier in the week, numbers were 60 for this weekend's meeting but in just one day rose to 75.

It is expected 100 drivers will be in action.

Jayden's father Luke is vice-president of the club but isn't a kart racer.

"The bank account won't allow two members of the family to race competitively,” Luke said.

"My plan is to have a bit of fun kart racing on practice days with a couple of older karts we have in the shed.”

Admission is free tomorrow and Sunday.



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