Brian feeds need for speed on success
By TONY WHITE firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIAN Adams loves the adrenalin rush of kart racing.
The 15-year-old Yamba teenager recently reached the pinnacle of his karting career thus far ? crowned Northern Zone Karting Champion for 2005.
Adams has come a long way since he first sated his need for speed as a five-year-old aboard a motocross bike.
Adams was given special dispensation by the Australian Karting Association to upgrade his licence to senior status (16 and over), which allowed him to compete in the prestigious Championship event.
And he went through the three rounds at Gunnedah, Lismore and Coffs Harbour undefeated.
The Northern Zone encompasses a wide area taking in competitors from Newcastle, to Gunnedah out west through to the Queensland border.
Competing in the clubman heavy class with a 125cc Arrow Kart, Adams went into the final round at Coffs Harbour in equal first with Lismore Midget driver Patrick Wilson.
Torrential rain forced officials to abandon the meeting after only three races, but Adams was declared winner of the Clubman Heavy title for the day, Clubman Heavy Series winner and the coveted Champion Driver of the series.
"Amazingly there were no crashes but it was real slippery, you were just sideways a lot of the time," Adams said of the treacherous conditions.
Adams' father Alan runs Adams Marine and Moto Cycle dealership at Yamba.
He was a former bike competitor and along with wife Susan, has travelled thousands of kilometres taking Adams to various meets around NSW and Queensland.
"Mum and dad have been instrumental in my career. They're the pit crew, drive me every where and really look after me," Adams said.
A new 6m kart trailer, capable of carrying four karts with beds and a kitchen facility, is the family's latest mode of transport when travelling to championship kart events.
Adams competes every second weekend.
After his latest title, Adams is now hoping to attract sponsorship to enable him to compete in the State and Australian Championships.
The cost of a top line race kart is around $6000.
"I just love the racing," Adams said. "I love the adrenalin rush. You can flat stick it up the straight and come into the corners flat out.
"And the racing is real close and competitive.
"I used to race moto cross when I was young but took up karting around seven years ago."
Fortunately the youngster has been relatively free of injuries.
"About two years ago I ended up in hospital after an accident at Grafton," he said.
"A guy spun out in front on me and I hit him. I was lucky not to flip but I pulled ligaments in my elbow and finished with bumps and bruises.
"But other than that it's been good. There aren't too many accidents."