Drag rac­ing suc­cess all in fam­ily


Midland Reporter - - Sport -

LES­MUR­DIE drag racer Jamie Chaisty is fol­low­ing in his fam­ily’s foot­steps, tak­ing out the 2017 Aus­tralian Super Stock Championships in South Aus­tralia on April 1.

The 24-year-old me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dent is the third per­son in his fam­ily to take out top hon­ours in the sport.

“It was al­ways my dream to fol­low in my dad’s and brother’s foot­steps and win the Aus­tralian Super Stock Cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“Af­ter win­ning my first na­tional event at Calder Park Race­way in Jan­uary this year I be­lieved I could win, but I knew it wasn’t go­ing to be easy.

“Go­ing into the grand fi­nals at Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Race­way I just tried to en­joy the week­end and give it my best shot.

“The race car was run­ning fast all week­end which gave me con­fi­dence as well.”

De­spite the dan­gers of the sport, Jamie said he had been lucky to es­cape in­jury.

“Re­ac­tion times are very im­por­tant in drag rac­ing. You can win or lose the race on the start line.

“My fastest time rac­ing is 9.18 sec­onds at 234km/h over the quar­ter mile,” he said.

“Be­fore a race week­end I prac­tice my re­ac­tion times on my lit­tle prac­tice tree at home.”

Dad Ge­off said it was a dream come true to see an­other son win the championships.

“Tak­ing out the Super Stocks is the pin­na­cle of this sport,” he said.

“I won the Super Stocks in 1998 and again the fol­low­ing year, my old­est son Jake won in 2014 and now Jamie in 2017.”

Jamie said he would race lo­cally for the re­main­der of the year.

“Our next event isn’t till Oc­to­ber here in Perth be­cause the 2016-2017 sea­son has ended,” he said.

“Our team doesn’t have plans to travel in­ter­state to race next sea­son and in­stead we will race lo­cally here at the Perth Mo­tor­plex to test new things on the race car.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468016

Jamie Chaisty (24) of Les­mur­die with his 2001 Holden SS Com­modore Super Stock.

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