Legend of motorsport lobs into Warwick
MOTORSPORT: Motor racing legend Mick Doohan and his son Jack have been in Warwick this week for testing prior to the 2018 Formula 4 series in Europe.
They were in town as Jack tested Formula 4 cars along with Sydney driver Jackson Walls as part of Patrizicorse testing.
The two 14-year-olds will compete in Formula 4 racing this year, Jack in Europe and Jackson in Australia.
Patrizicorse is a business run by former V8 Supercars driver Michael Patrizi who distributes kart racing products, managers drivers and has karting and car racing teams.
He and Formula One race winner Daniel Ricciardo run a karting business, Ricciardo Karts.
Jack has no thoughts of following his father Mick, a five times MotoGP world champion, into riding bikes.
"I loved bikes but hurt myself on a dirt bike at age five or six and have never competed on a bike,” Jack said.
He competed in BMX for two years and then had a mate in go karts and started racing karts.
Last year, he competed in karting and was third in the European championships and a round winner in Sweden.
This year, Jack will compete in Formula 4.
"The Formula 4 is a really nice car,” he said.
While he has taken a different career path to his father Mick, Jack said his father taught him all he knew about motorsport.
"My long term goal is to race in F1 but I know there is a lot of hard work ahead,” he said.
Like Jack Doohan, Jackson Walls used to drive karts.
"The Australian F4 series will be run in conjunction with V8 Supercars and Shannons Nationals meetings,” Jackson said.
"My ambition is to drive V8 Supercars.”
Jackson was the first driver signed by Patrizicorse for their debut in Formula 4.
Patrizi said both Jack and Jackson had lots of potential.
"Ability comes into it but how they conduct themselves away from the car comes into it,” he said.
"Both are very good listeners.”
While Jackson goes to school in Sydney, Jack is home schooled at Monaco in Europe where he follows an Australian cirriculum.
Praise for raceway
THE Morgan Park Raceway has been given the thumbs up by two of the best in the business.
Michael Patrizi runs a motorsport business at the Gold Coast and will be in Warwick for 10 days during January for testing at the raceway.
"We have a Queensland-based F4 team and the operators of Morgan Park Raceway are very receptive for us to come here to test,” Patrizi said.
"It is a great little circuit, particularly for the cars that we race, Formula 4.
"With the number of different types of corners, it is challenging for the drivers.”
Five times world MotoGP championship winner Mick Doohan describes Morgan Park as a "great track and facility”.