Brooke Leech took out the top spot in her category in the practice runs at the Shannons Nationals at Morgan Park on Friday.
Brooke Leech took out the top spot in her category in the practice runs at the Shannons Nationals at Morgan Park on Friday. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Teen drivers show off swift skills

TALENTED teenagers tore up the Morgan Park track for the Shannons Nationals at the weekend, proving they could hold their own against the older drivers.

At just 17 years old, and the only female driver in the category, Brooke Leech set her mind to securing a top spot on Friday and was ecstatic to accomplish her goal.

The young woman edged out her competitors in the practice runs in an amazing recovery from a less than desirable performance during her last race.

“It was pretty awesome because I had a pretty bad meeting last time and I went from last to first this time,” Leech said.

The teen said she loved racing within the Swift Series and felt at home on the track.

“I love it. It's amazing and the support is great.

"It's like a big family and everyone's friends with each other,” she said.

“You come to the track and you're just relaxed and nothing is stressful.”

Leech said her ultimate goal was to compete in V8 Supercars and was straight to the point when asked if she thought she would get there.

“If I keep driving like this I will,” she said.

The teen said the key to success would be to maintain positive thinking and tackle any trouble spots or corners head-on.

Australian Swift series category manager Shaun Keeley said the series had been developed to establish a parity based system and each car was built the same.

“It is designed to really show who is the better driver, rather than who has the better budget,” he said.

Nineteen-year-old Allan Jarvis said it was that aspect that enticed him to drive in the series.

“As a driver, you're happy because you're not getting beaten by another car but another driver,” Jarvis said.



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