This 14-year-old race car driver is the envy of his mates
WHILE Kyle Evans is too young to get his driver licence, the 14-year-old is cleared to gun it at 170km/h around Morgan Park.
The lad started racing about three months ago and already notched up an impressive ten starts at circuit race meetings.
"My mates think it's pretty crazy,” Kyle said.
Kyle moved to circuit racing after cutting his teeth on the go-kart track, but there is much more power in his hotted-up Hyundai Excel than a traditional go-kart.
"My father and I secretly went down in his work ute and we practised in the streets, just how to start and stop and that sort of thing,” Kyle said.
"I've sort of learnt race driving from myself because I've never had anyone coach me before.”
Over the following weeks, Kyle improved his control of the car to the point where he could get a provisional racing licence through the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
Now there is nothing stopping him. Kyle races grown men who have decades of experience on the track and keeps up with the best of them.
He is competed in the final round of the Queensland Circuit Racing Championship at Morgan Park.
"I like the speed, the competition and I love passing people as well,” Kyle said.
Like any good racer Kyle has a good crash yarn.
"I crashed at 160km/h once, I spun around backwards,” he said.
"The car is front-wheel drive car so when you lift off the throttle the rear end slips out, and if you are turning at the same time the car spins around.”
Not only is it illegal for Kyle to drive on the street, but he is not yet old enough to get a paying job so instead he'll spend the Christmas holidays volunteering in a mechanic's workshop.
"It should be lots of fun, I want to do it for the learning experience,” he said.