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A SHEP­PAR­TON STU­DENT IS HOP­ING HER PAS­SION FOR MO­TOR SPORT MAY LEAD TO A CA­REER IN THE CAR RAC­ING INDUSTRY. STORY: SHARON WRIGHT

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>TEEN’S MO­TOR SPORT PAS­SION

Shep­par­ton teenager Brianny Nick­son has racked up hun­dreds of hours be­hind the wheel of a car even though she is not el­i­gi­ble to gain her learner’s per­mit un­til Novem­ber. Dur­ing the week the 15-year-old is a Year 9 stu­dent at Notre Dame Col­lege, but on the week­end she drives a rally car around a dirt track at Mooroopna along with other mem­bers of Shep­par­ton and Dis­trict Car Club, chal­leng­ing her­self to im­prove her times and skills. “I love the adrenalin rush, the faster the bet­ter,” Brianny said. Even with her ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind the wheel, Brianny is in no great hurry to drive on the road. In­stead her in­volve­ment with the car club has re­in­forced the im­por­tance of safety and the re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with driv­ing a car. “Rac­ing is timed, but driv­ers are pe­nalised for hit­ting ob­sta­cles; trees, tyres, posts, I’ve hit plenty,” Brianny said. As a re­sult she’s had to learn to un­der­take car re­pairs and has done some mi­nor panel beat­ing, as well as ser­vic­ing her 1991 Nis­san Pin­tara; chang­ing the oil and re­plac­ing spark plugs and fil­ters. Brianny said she in­her­ited her “speed­gene” from her dad Gary, who has re­cently sold his drag car to spend more time help­ing her fo­cus on driv­ing. They spend hours to­gether work­ing on Brianny’s car, which has mod­i­fied sus­pen­sion and shock ab­sorbers and drive

Pic­ture: Holly Cur­tis

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