Young cham­pion has rac­ing in his veins

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Toby Maiolo may only be nine years old but rac­ing runs rich through his fam­ily’s veins and the ris­ing star se­cured his maiden WA Kart Cham­pi­onship at the week­end, which could be the first of many.

With fa­ther and mul­ti­ple WA Sprint­car Cham­pion Jamie Maiolo watch­ing on ner­vously from the side­lines, Toby drove with the calm­ness of a driver twice his age as he led ev­ery lap of the cadet 9 fi­nal to claim vic­tory.

In the fa­mous blue and red LJM Rac­ing colours, Toby leapt straight to the lead of the 22-lap fi­nal and held off a late chal­lenge from Lach­lan Clee and Zane Rhodes to win the State ti­tle by 0.757 sec­onds.

The Bun­bury City Kart Club mem­ber has been rac­ing karts for two years but, af­ter grow­ing up watch­ing his dad dom­i­nate on the speed­way clay, Toby was al­ways go­ing to be a racer.

“Yeah it felt good to win, I was pretty ner­vous,” Toby said af­ter the race.

“I love rac­ing karts, it’s a lot of fun. Hope­fully (I can be like dad) one day.”

Jamie said it was a proud mo­ment watch­ing his son win his first State ti­tle.

“A few mates of ours were out rac­ing at the kart track just out of Bun­bury, so we went and got him a kart,” Jamie said.

“He’s very keen and he drives it hard.

“Some­times at this age par­ents are try­ing to get their kids up with the pace but we are try­ing to slow him down.

“Rac­ing is def­i­nitely in the blood.”

Toby will move up to the cadet 12 cat­e­gory next year and maybe one day he can em­u­late the feats of his dad and un­cle Brad Maiolo in speed­way.

Pic­ture: Cameron New­bold

Jamie Maiolo with his son Toby af­ter the nine-year-old won his first State ti­tle.

Pic­ture: Richard Hath­away

LJM Rac­ing’s Jamie and Brad Maiolo rac­ing their sprint­cars.

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