Joel Kelso claimed a podium finish at the Australian Flat Track Titles last week.
Joel Kelso claimed a podium finish at the Australian Flat Track Titles last week.

Kelso claims podium finish

MOVING up an age division didn’t hold young gun Joel Kelso back from claiming a podium finish at the Australian Flat Track Titles last week.

Kelso travelled to Kurri Kurri New South Wales for the event and produced magic form on his bike to finish third against older and stronger competition.

A total of seven rounds were contested over two days and the Gympie competitor, in his first appearance at an Australian title, made a final surge up the standings to clinch third with 136 points.

Kelso concluded the first day of competition in fifth position but three second placings the day following were a timely boost in the overall standings.

Second place was narrowly out of reach by two points while the first place was decided convincingly with 176 points.

Proud mum Nayelle Kelso said she hoped her son would finish in the top 10, maybe the top five.

“We’re just so proud and we explained to him how big his achievement was against the older boys,” she said.

“He was chasing first but he has done extremely well.”

Joel said he was “pretty happy” with his performance but was keen to hit up the next event and aim a little higher.

At just 7, Joel is fast proving to be a talented rider to be reckoned with on his bike.

Despite his young age, the Gympie pocket rocket has a sensible head on his shoulders and oozes discipline when it comes to his sport.

When asked why he did so well, Joel was left in no doubt as to the key of his blistering success.

“Confidence is important,” he said.

“I try to win every race because I know that I can if I try hard enough.”

It’s this self belief the emerging talent carries into each and every race.

Even mechanical problems with his bike failed to deter Joel in his quest for glory.

At the Australian title, his bike was malfunctioning and only producing a fraction of the power it was capable of.

Some competitors could have fallen victim to throwing in the towel and just giving up. Not Joel.

Instead, he pounced on overtaking opportunities as they arose and worked his way up through the field to make certain of a podium finish – a true tribute to his skills and determination.

Meanwhile, a massive head-first stack saw Joel thrown from his bike before crashing head-first into the dirt. Typically, he just got straight back on and kept racing.

“It was quite a spectacular crash but Joel didn’t hurt himself thankfully,” Nayelle said.

Looking ahead, Joel has a busy schedule ahead of him. This Saturday, he heads to Chinchilla for motocross while another two trips down south loom in the distance.

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