Oddie burns some rubber
COOLOOLA Coast Kart Club young gun Harrison Oddie sunk his teeth into the start of the 2010 Super Cheap Auto Kart Series by winning the opening round in Toowoomba last weekend.
Oddie, 10, won the first round of the six-round series producing a near faultless display on Toowoomba’s premier kart track.
The young driver, who makes no attempt in hiding his ambitions in the highly competitive sport, was pleased with his efforts.
“I went really well and I’m happy with how I did,” he said.
Against a field of 16 competitors, the Gympie kart racer steeled his nerves in qualifying, lasting only five minutes, to take out the top spot with a blistering lap.
Three individual races followed and Oddie was in brilliant form, winning one race and finishing second twice.
Racing was a test of mental strength for the young star as each race, consisting of 18 laps, totalled a hefty 15 kilometres.
“I had to really focus but I think I did really well,” Oddie said.
His performance ensured he came out on top when the points were tallied – something even a bout of pre-race nerves could not affect.
“I was a bit nervous before the race,” Oddie said. “I had butterflies in my stomach but once I was out there, I was in control again.”
From here, Oddie will enjoy a small break before moving on to the second round in Mackay next month where he will be keen for another victory.
After finishing second in the series last year, he is eager to go one better.
“To win it would be great,” he said. “That’s one of my goals.”
Oddie is no stranger to success, having finished on the podium each of the six times he has races so far this year.
At home, his trophies are causing a headache as his parents try to find room for them. In total, there are 36, and this number is set to grow.