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14-year-old Elimbah boy driving faster than 200km/h, legally

ON TRACK: Calum Jones in a natural driver.
ON TRACK: Calum Jones in a natural driver. Contributed

CALUM Jones showed that age doesn't matter in the Cams Queensland Hyundai X3 Excel Racing series last month.

The 14-year-old had only driven a car a few times before the race and yet managed to consistently finish in either sixth or seventh place.

Coming from go-karts, the Caboolture State High School student took to cars easily.

"It's a lot easier to get used to and you know what it's going to do and when it's going to twist or turn," he said. "Karts are smaller but they're just a bit harder to get used to rather than in a few practice days, I could almost feel the car."

Calum's father, Marc Jones said he had always done well in go karts, always coming either first or in the top three.

"Rather than letting him get stuck in the karts for the rest of his life, we wanted him to try something new," he said.

While Calum had to actually miss out on the first round of the Hyundai series because he wasn't the legal age of 14 at that point, he felt equal to all the other drivers when he got up to 200km/h.

"It was just getting used to the car again," he said.

"The other drivers had been driving for years, so once I'm used to the car, I think I'll be able to compete with them evenly."

The Elimbah resident's goal is to become a paid race car driver and to get into V8 Supercars or DTM.

"It's just practice and work that needs to be done to reach it," he said.

Topics:  cars, driving


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