RACING: Warwick Karting Club member Hayden Sell after the best day of his career so far.
RACING: Warwick Karting Club member Hayden Sell after the best day of his career so far. Gerard Walsh

Warwick karter's big V8 dream

KARTING: At the age of two, Warwick Karting Club member Hayden Sell decided he wanted to be in motorsport.

This was despite the now 10-year-old's parents Matt and Erin Sell not being fans of motorsport.

Erin said Hayden never stopped talking about it.

"He then realised he was old enough to go karting,” Erin said.

At the age of eight, the Sell family headed to the Warwick Karting Club and 18 months later they are still turning up for monthly meetings.

Last Sunday was a new career high for Hayden.

He had his first race win since graduating from P plates and his first podium finish. Hayden also recorded his fastest lap time, 49.88 seconds.

He started in the Cadet 9 class and will graduate to cadet 12 next year.

As for his hopes in motorsport, his ambition is to be a V8 Supercar driver.

"I like to go fast, my hero is Craig Lowndes and I have met him a few times,” he said.

Erin said neither she nor husband Matt had any mechanical experience.

"We are trying to learn the mechanics of a kart as we go,” she said.

"Matt and I even go to the kart shop and watch them work on Hayden't kart.”

Younger brother Jordan, 8, has also caught the bug and also races karts at Sandy Creek Raceway.

August meeting

THE Warwick Karting Club is gearing up for one of its biggest meetings of the year on August 19-20 at Sandy Creek Raceway.

Club president Peter Lane said he was expecting 100 drivers for round three of the South Queensland Series.

"The organisers didn't have a venue organised for round three but have given us hosting rights seeing we did such a good job with round two a month ago,” he said.

Last Sunday, the Warwick club attracted 70 drivers to a meeting at Sandy Creek from as far as Lismore, Gympie and the Gold Coast. Numbers were down a little as it was the week after the state championships in Ipswich.



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