Teen sprints ahead to join in family famous legacy
RACING runs in the blood of teenage driver Jett Johnson, who will be racing at the Historic Leyburn Sprints for the first time today.
As Jett walked onto the well worn track with his grandfather, Dick Johnson, and father, Steven Johnson, the announcers remarked what a privilege it was to watch the joy of racing passed from generation to generation
The family was beaming.
From the moment Jett stepped into a go kart at seven years of age, he knew he wanted to pursue the famous family pastime.
"It's always been so much fun,” he said.
That's the feeling that father, Steven, hopes for Jett to maintain throughout his life.
"We just want him to have lots of fun and learn along the way,” he said
"Racing can become so serious so fast and that can come later.”
While other kids went camping and talked about homework over the dinner table, Jett got to tour tracks around Queensland and discuss gear changes with his family.
"It's just like any other family, in a way,” Steven said.
"Just a bit more adrenaline.”
There will be a lot of adrenaline this afternoon as Jett tries his hand at the Leyburn track for the very first time.
He said he was looking forward to the challenge because, unlike other tracks where he'd have 10 laps to get used to it, this time he would only have 30 seconds to get it right.
"It's totally different,” he said.
"From the start he has to be on top of it, 100 per cent,” Steven said.
Little sister Lacy Johnson said she had fun driving as well, but "not as much as the boys.”
"Acting is more my thing,” she explained.
"Whenever we go karting Jett beats me by heaps!”