Teens gear up for speed­way

Central Leader - - News -

Teen racer Ai­den Eus­tace is get­ting ready to burn rub­ber against the Aussies.

The One­hunga High School stu­dent is one mem­ber of a six-per­son New Zealand ju­nior speed­way team that will face their transtas­man ri­vals at Waikaraka Park to­mor­row night.

Ai­den, 14, is pre­dict­ing a tough night of racing for his team.

“It will be pretty close. They’re pretty good.”

He was se­lected for the team af­ter a num­ber of top five per­for­mances this sea­son, in­clud­ing sev­eral wins.

“It’s an adrenalin rush and you get to know dif- fer­ent peo­ple,” he says.

Ai­den, who has been racing for three years, was also recog­nised ear­lier this week at a school as­sem­bly af­ter his se­lec­tion in the New Zealand side.

“It was pretty cool. Ev­ery­body wanted to know what it was about.”

Team cap­tain Chloe Cor­ban says hav­ing home ad­van­tage at Waikaraka is a real bonus for the team.

“We’re all very fa­mil­iar with the track.”

And she says be­ing a fe­male driver is no dis­ad­van­tage.

“Every­one treats you as an equal out there.”

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