Teen driver eyes crown
AT age 14, Matt Loy is in his sixth year of junior dragster driving and loving it.
“I race for fun and enjoyment. Winning is a bonus,” the Warwick District Drag Racing Association member said.
This year, there have been plenty of bonuses in his career as he won two of the three races in South East Queensland Eighth Mile Series (200m) rounds at Warwick and Roma.
In round three in early July at Willowbank, he won overall and is now in the runner-up spot in the series.
Eighth-mile series drivers also earn travelling points, regardless of placings, for competing away from their home track.
Both the top two in the series will earn travelling points in the fourth and last round of the series to be held at Bannabee, near Gladstone, on September 25.
Brisbane driver Jakim Wong is the series leader and like Matt is in a junior dragster rail.
Drag racing and clay target shooting are Matt’s sports as he follows in the footsteps of his father John. Mother Jenny is also a successful clay target shooter.
Father and son do all the engine maintenance on the rail and Matt is “started” at events by his mother. Her job is to adjust the rail after the burn-outs to keep it at an idle speed of 3900 revs.
“It is certainly a family affair,” Jenny said.
Matt is in Year 9 at Warwick State High School.
The next event for the Warwick association is a bracket meeting on Saturday, August 28, then the Monaro Nationals on September 3-6.