Tay­lah puts her dreams in gear

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

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.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

PIT ROLE: Bud­ding me­chanic Tay­lah Pont, 15, is work­ing in the pits dur­ing the Townsville 400.

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