DRIVER: Auskart competitor Jordon McNamara competed in the senior class at the 2018 championship round in Nanango from August 11 to 12.
DRIVER: Auskart competitor Jordon McNamara competed in the senior class at the 2018 championship round in Nanango from August 11 to 12. Jessica McGrath

Hitting kart tracks against the seniors

WHILST other 15-year olds are playing soccer or footy, Jordon McNamara heads to the racing track on the weekends.

He has been doing kart racing for four years and joined the Auskart racing club when he was 12.

"I'm different to your average soccer player for example, you can't just go out and practice at a field, you've got to go out when you can to the tracks,” he said. He competed at the Auskart club's round six of their 2018 championships hosted by the South Burnett Kart Hire group in Nanango from August 11 to 12.

"There's a lot of competitors and it's good fun for everyone, no one is mean to each other and everyone knows each other well, it's just a good sport,” Jordon said.

He had competed at the Nanango race track when the club came in June, and had looked forward to the night races around the South Burnett track again.

"I like racing at night, because it's not as hot and sweating, and Nanango is the only time we get to race at night,” Jordon said.

The Nanango track was not his top favourite, however he enjoyed the challenge of something different.

"You try out different tracks to see what you like more,” he said.

This year was his first year competing in the senior class.

"Seniors are more intense because everyone wants to win and it's more competitive, whereas juniors was still competitive, but not as much,” Jordon said.

He will often train on the racing tracks once or twice a week and often competes in competitions with the Auskart club, or some of the other racing clubs.

He first started competing when he was 11, after he had a go around the tracks as part of a birthday present.

Jordon's dad raced with him in the competitions for two years when he first started out as a competitor.

"I just want to thank Dad and my sponsor Inox Lubricants, for making it all possible,” he said.

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