Dou­ble joy at na­tion­als

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Monique Freer

For Ellexan­dra Best, rac­ing is a way of life.

The 15-year-old Be­nalla res­i­dent has been rac­ing gokarts since she was young and last month added a na­tional ti­tle to her im­pres­sive list of ac­co­lades.

On the Australia Day long week­end Ellexan­dra trav­elled to Lith­gow in NSW and won the Com­bined Dis­trict Kart Club All Ladies na­tional tro­phy event.

Although she has raced at the event for about eight years, this is the first time she has won the cham­pi­onship.

Ellexan­dra won the heavy ju­nior class with a lap time of 39.704 sec­onds. How­ever her fastest time for the day came in the pre­fi­nal race, when she set a new lap record in 39.585 sec­onds.

‘‘It’s my best race in heavy and now I’m the ladies’ na­tional champ and I have the lap record,’’ she said.

‘‘I like com­pet­ing against peo­ple my own age, but if I move up to se­niors I’ll com­pete with peo­ple from 15 years old and up. ‘‘I like go­ing fast.’’ She also raced in the ju­nior Ro­tax sec­tion at Lith­gow and fin­ished fourth.

In four meets this year Ellexan­dra has recorded one first, one sec­ond and a sixth-place fin­ish.

Ellexan­dra be­gan rac­ing when she was a young child.

‘‘When I was younger my dad used to race cars,’’ she said.

‘‘When I turned seven we went to Mel­bourne for a drive and we didn’t know where we were, and we ended up at my en­gine builders and we bought a go-kart.’’

The Best fam­ily re­cently pur­chased a Hyundai XL with the in­ten­tion of Ellexan­dra pro­gress­ing from go-karts to cars.

Although they are await­ing parts for its com­ple­tion, Ellexan­dra said she would hope­fully start prac­tis­ing at Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way soon.

Best ef­fort: Ellexan­dra Best, 15, won the Com­bined Dis­trict Kart Club All Ladies na­tional tro­phy event last month.

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