Taylah puts her dreams in gear
SHE’S not afraid to get her hands dirty and at just 15 years old knows more about cars than most of the petrolheads in Townsville this weekend.
Taylah Pont is a self- confessed school “dropout” with a passion for racing and a dream to one day work in the pits.
Taylah said school just wasn’t for her and dropped out after Year 10 to go to TAFE and learn the finer points of motor mechanics.
Over the weekend Taylah will be working in the pits with the Fujitsu Racing team’s Dunlop Series driver Renee Gracie.
“I definitely want to be around cars in some way or another and being here and learning from these guys is a great experience,” Taylah said. “I want to do a little bit of everything and anything. Ever since I was a little kid my parents have owned wrecking yards and tow companies, so it’s always been there, it’s been in my blood.
“Everyone here has been so lovely. When we go out to the pits, they’re a bit tense and focused, but when we are back out here it is great and Renee is an absolutely beautiful lady.”
Taylah said she was learning a lot and hoped her time over the weekend was going to put her in good stead for a future in the industry.
“I think the biggest thing I’ve learnt is that tyre pressure is very important. They check it like every 10 minutes, it’s crazy, and I’m learning some more stuff out the front on the car as well.
“Everyone is really great and they are all willing to give me the time to help me learn.”
PIT ROLE: Budding mechanic Taylah Pont, 15, is working in the pits during the Townsville 400.