Oddie steers his way to greatness
COOLOOLA Coast Kart Club young gun Harrison Oddie is growing accustomed to turning heads with his exceptional talent and regular apperances on the finish podium.
But Oddie’s prowess on the track is now beginning to draw attention from further afield.
Brisbane kart engine builder Ralph Van Doorn has been a keen follower of Oddie’s form this year.
So impressed, Van Doorn has thrown open the door to Oddie’s biggest opportunity to date.
The St Patrick’s Primary School student, 10, has been invited to join Van Doorn as a cadet to travel to Malaysia in November this year to compete internationally for the first time.
The young athlete will be lining up against some of the world’s premier kart competitors in the midget class for the Yamaha SL World Challenge.
A stunned Oddie is still coming to terms with the news.
“When I was first asked if I wanted to go, I just sat there for like two hours just trying to make sense of it,” he said.
“It was such a shock to have a chance like this to compete internationally.”
The Yamaha SL World Challenge will be held in Sepang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
Competition itself will take place at the site of the world famous Sepang Formula 1 Circuit.
“I’m really excited to be at that track,” Oddie said. “They will turn it inside out when we race.”
Racing in the 8-12 age group, the Gympie karting prodigy admits to a few early nerves creeping in.
“I’m super excited about it because it’s the world best karters for my age group but I am also a little nervous,” he said.
It would be near impossible for any athlete not to feel a slight pang of nerves before stepping out into the international spotlight.
But Oddie is extremely cool under pressure, showing maturity and determination well beyond his years.
“He has a lot of knowledge about the sport and is very level-headed for his age,” proud mum Alison said.
Oddie will fly out for Malaysia running hot with form after ensuring 2010 has been one of his most successful to date.
He begun the season with an explosion of form in the Super Cheap Series, wining the opening round in Toowoomba.
Since then, Oddie has claimed second place in McKay and another win in Townsville. Overall, after three rounds, he is ranked first.
Meanwhile, the Gympie talent has been applying his winning touch to the Southern Stars Series, winning both opening rounds on his home track at the Cooloola Coast Kart Club.
Just last weekend in Lismore, New South Wales, Oddie continued a winning run by taking out the third round is rousing fashion.
Arguably the biggest achievement this year for Oddie is his overall second ranking in Australia for midgets.
The unexpected trip to Malaysia carries a huge financial burden on Oddie’s family and businesses or individuals wishing to lend a hand are welcome to. Harrison’s mum Alison can be contacted on 0427 831 573.