|Hort plans his three-peat|
|Written by Luke Nieuwhof|
|Friday, 08 May 2009|
Ethan Hort had a dominant season in the Junior Dragster category at Perth Motorplex, running away with his second championship running on 790 points, to his nearest rival's 660 points.
It made a change from last season, where it came down to one round of racing in what was one of the tighter Junior Dragster series seen.
“The first championship was more of a surprise, the second time was just as good only I knew it was coming,” he said.
Indeed with one event left to run Hort had the championship tied up.
Junior Dragsters are half scale race cars which run over a half track distance of just over 200 metres. Though limited to single cylinder engines, these mini dragsters should not be underestimated, as they can cover that distance in 8.5sec. For comparison a brand new V8 Holden or Ford would be lucky to cover the same distance in 9sec.
This season Hort had a new car to play with and after getting used to some minor differences in the cockpit layout it was full steam ahead.
“The main difference with this car was that it was a little harder to see where my opponent was,” he said.
“But driving becomes second nature after a few runs at the track.”
The category brings together drivers as young as eight years old, who are limited in the times and speeds they can run, up to 16 years old.
Hort rates his experience as an advantage he was granted over the competition.
“There are a couple of guys with a bit more experience than me and they beat me a few times but we were a little but more consistent overall,” he said.
“I knew what I was doing with my driving this season and we learned how to win races.”
Hort plays football when he is not at the track and says drag racing provides him with more of a thrill when the wins come.
“Football is more of a physical challenge whereas drag racing is more mentally draining,” he said.
With one more season ahead of him in the Junior Dragster category, Hort already has his three year plan set out for a move into the big leagues.
“We'll go one more year in the juniors and then I'm going into Super Street with my dad's HG ute,” he said.
“After a year there we will move into Super Sedan with a bigger engine.”
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