Young racers on the pace

Daniel Plant is aiming for his first podium finish in the Jmax Queensland Junior Top Gun meeting at Sandy Creek Raceway this weekend.

He competed in the first junior top guns meeting last year.

"A top-three finish this weekend would be good," Daniel said.

Last Saturday, he was second behind state titleholder Nick Andrews in the Jmax class at the Ipswich Karting Club meeting at Willowbank.

"It will be a lot tougher this weekend with much bigger fields," he said.

"I would like to work in the motor racing industry after I leave school and continue in some type of motor sport."

He has been offered a test drive in a Mini at Morgan Park.

At 13 years of age, Nic Lane will be competing in his

second top gun meeting.

"I reckon this meeting is a great idea, it gets top juniors to Warwick to a great track," Lane said.

Long term, Nic aims to move to car racing when he is 16 and one day drive in the V8 series.

"Karting is a really good start to a career in motor sport," he said.

"You learn in karting what to do if you get into trouble."

He has been invited to race in the Race for Stars at the Gold Coast 600 in October.

The majority of the current V8 Supercar drivers started their careers in karting, including James Courtney and Jamie Whincup who both won world titles in karting.

Nic was seventh at Willowbank in the junior national light class last weekend.

Practice is on Friday and Saturday from 9am.

More than 100 drivers are expected.

Racing will start at noon Saturday and 9am Sunday. Admission is free.



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