Jack ready for one final dash: Teen to bow out after national title

Jack Lee, 16, of Laang is off to Mildura to contest the weekend’s Australian Junior Sedan Championship. 090113AM08 .Picture: ANGELA MILNE “I’m getting older and I’m a bit sick of the juniors because I’ve been doing it for six years.”Jack LeeA FEW flashbacks are all that spring to Jack Lee’s mind when he thinks about the first time he competed in the Australian Junior Sedan Championship.It was easy to understand why after the 16-year-old explained his first try at the title.”I went there when I was 10 in my first-ever year of racing,” he said. “I can’t remember a lot but it was at Simpson Speedway and I went there with (cousin) Simon Craven.”Jack finished with a fourth in the B-main – not bad for a 10-year-old.Fast forward six years to today where the Warrnambool youngster will make the trek to Mildura to contest the 2009 title in his Datsun Sunny. It will be his second and final Australian Junior Sedan title race.”I thought that I did it in my first year so I might as well do it in my last year,” he said.”I’m getting older and I’m a bit sick of the juniors because I’ve been doing it for six years.”Jack will be pitted against numerous competitors he met over those six years on the weekend.He nominated Adelaide’s Adrian Cottrell, who holds the Victorian, South Australian and Northern Territory titles, as the driver to beat.He will also keep an eye on Skipton’s Jimmy Gardiner and Warrnambool’s Peter Kinnear.”(To beat them) I just need to keep my head straight,” he said. “There’s something like 100 cars so I have to finish top three in all my heats to qualify.”A record-breaking 95 drivers from every state and territory will aim to be crowned national champion. About 15 south-west youngsters will head to Mildura.After the championships, Jack plans to make the transition to formula 500s.”My Dad used to race them and so did Simon,” he said. “I’ve got the car Jamie Veal raced at Laang but I haven’t driven it yet. I probably will next month.”The 24 heats of the championship will be contested on Friday evening.The final round of heats will be held on Saturday evening, before the C, B and A mains.
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