Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:26

The young Gladstone local JOSH ROGERS, aged 12, shows his unbelievable skills in Rookies as he speeds into first place at the 2012 Sprint Kart Championships in Victoria this month.

Josh Rogers (Kosmic kart) wins Rookies Class at the 2012 Victorian Open in a close finish

Competing against 39 others in the rookie category, Josh flew past his competitors in heat races leading up to the final at Geelong on March 9-11.

"He stuck to our race plan, and raced his best ever," Mr Rogers, his father, said.

It was a close race until the last lap when Josh moved into the lead and sped past the finish line and into first place.

"The competition was very tough until the last few laps when I moved into the lead and then it was smooth sailing, the last laps were my fastest," Josh said.

At this level of racing, speeds are usually about 80kmh, but Josh and his father believed it may have been even faster in Geelong because of the long straight that the track offers.

"After the race finished I felt relieved it was over but very, very exited," he said.

Josh started racing when he was eight years old and since then he has collected hundreds of trophies. His most recent award is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the racing calendar. As part of his prize, Josh took home not only the trophy to add to his collection but he can now wear the covered blue numberplate and special numbers that only state title holders can sport.

"I love karting and pushing myself to the limit but most of all making lots of new friends and seeing them when ever we go racing," Josh said.

"I have a lot of fun but Mum says I am very competitive just like the rest of the family," he laughed.

He can move up into the junior class later in the year, which includes more speed, bigger engines and better tyres. Josh's father said his son raced karts on the Playstation more then he trained, but they tried to travel to competitions as much as possible.

Once he turns 13, Josh said he can contest the Australian titles and possibly make a career out of karting one day. Josh will be competing in the Queensland State Karting Championships, which will be held in Gladstone next month.