Broth­ers rev up for cham­pi­onship event

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Aus­tralind broth­ers Aaron and Ben Dex­ter have qual­i­fied for the 2018 IFMAR Off-Road World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Perth later this year. The broth­ers are both ranked in the top 50 in the coun­try and spend most week­ends trav­el­ling around the State to prac­tice and hone their skills.

Two Aus­tralind broth­ers have qual­i­fied for the 2018 IFMAR Off-Road World Cham­pi­onships.

Aaron, 17, and Ben, 14, Dex­ter will at­tend the event in Perth this Novem­ber at White­man Park.

The pair were in­tro­duced to rac­ing at the age of eight by their fa­ther Tom, a ni­tro buggy racer him­self.

“I started rac­ing the R/C cars when I was about 12 and so when they were old enough to do it, I got them into it too,” he said.

The bug­gies can reach speeds of more than 60kmh and reg­u­larly cover more than 10m in the air, with the dirt tracks be­ing made up of lumps, bumps and jumps.

Ear­lier this year, the fam­ily trav­elled to the Philip­pines to com­pete along­side and with the cur­rent world and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons, an ex­pe­ri­ence Aaron said was hum­bling.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause you learn a lot at those things and to be able to know how fast you are in com­par­i­son to the best in the world is a to­tal con­fi­dence booster,” he said.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to race against those guys and to have that dream come true was pretty awe­some.”

The world cham­pi­onships will at­tract more than 200 of the world’s best rac­ers to Perth, but the boys have set their sights high and are not fazed by the elite com­pe­ti­tion, trav­el­ling to and from Perth al­most ev­ery week­end to prac­tice and per­fect their car set-up.

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