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Crash won't drive teen from pursuing passion

YOUNG RACER: High school student Calum Jones is bouncing back after crashing his Toyota 86.
YOUNG RACER: High school student Calum Jones is bouncing back after crashing his Toyota 86. Contributed

MOTORSPORT: Calum Jones isn't your average high school student.

During the week he studies for exams and in his spare time he races his Toyota 86 in the V8 support racing.

But that all came to a screeching halt earlier this month when the 17-year-old flipped his car on the track, causing damage beyond repair.

Now the Caboolture High student is bouncing back with the support of the community and building a new car for his next race in four weeks.

Calum said the crash came as a shock but he was doing his best to stay positive about the next competition.

"It definitely had an impact on me but it didn't take away from my determination,” he said.

"It will take a lot to drive me out of my passion.”

YOUNG RACER: High school student Calum Jones is bouncing back after he crashed his Toyota 86.
YOUNG RACER: High school student Calum Jones is bouncing back after he crashed his Toyota 86. Contributed

The young racer's dad, Mark Jones, said it was terrifying to watch his son's car flip out of control.

"He radioed to us that he was okay straight away but even though we were armed with the information it was still stressful to watch,” Mark said.

"There was definitely some watery eyes behind sunglasses that day.

"He is doing fine now, though.

"We had a bit of a chat and he is really keen to get back behind the wheel.”

Calum will graduate from school this year and said it had been a challenge trying to juggle racing, studying and being school vice-captain.

"It's hard having to prioritise between them and deciding what days are worth taking off,” he said.

"School and motorsports are at the top of my list, though.

"I'm really lucky that Caboolture (high school) has been really supportive of what I do.”

Calum wants to go on to study law at QUT next year but said he still had his heart set on being a paid professional driver.

The Caboolture lad has his next race in about a month at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek and said his new car should be ready just in time.

"It's at the roll-cage shop now,” he said.

"It's nearly finished there, then it will go over to Martin Jonkers Smash Repairs where they've cleared up a week to make sure we have it all ready in time.

"It's a pretty tight schedule but I think it should all come together.”


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