Sep 18, 2014
14-YEAR-OLD POISED TO BECOME YOUNGEST V8 RACER IN HISTORY
Western Australian Jake Kostecki to drive Falcon in Kumho Series
TEENAGER Jake Kostecki is posed to become the youngest V8 driver in history this weekend at Phillip Island in Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.
The 14-year-old will drive an ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon in the category, which is held as part of the Shannons Nationals for ex-V8 Supercars no longer raced in either the V8 Supercar Championship or its feeder Dunlop Series.
The Western Australian is under the wing of former V8 Supercar driver Matthew White, whose MW Motorsport team won last year’s Dunlop Series with driver Dale Wood and has competed in the Kumho Series over the last 18 months.Kostecki will drive in private practice on Friday in a bid to receive the final sign-off on his racing licence from CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) that will pave the way for him to race on Saturday and Sunday.
White will also compete this weekend in a sister car, giving Kostecki a chance to learn from an experienced driver both in the garage and on the racetrack.
“We’ve ticked everything off so far and the final sign-off is on Friday in practice so we have been working through with CAMS on the requirements,” says team owner/driver White.
“It will be a low key weekend all about getting as many laps as possible. He wants to follow the V8 pathway and this is the best category to get him into.
“He has had a test at Winton and was a quick learner and listened to what he was told and was quite respectable by the end of the day.
"He’s got the right approach and temperament. It’s good to try and get some young guys to train up on how to drive these cars before they can get any bad habits. I’d love to help fast track some young drivers and give them a chance of being a valuable commodity to a V8 Supercar team somewhere down the track.”
Kostecki could undercut former Bathurst 1000 and two-time Sandown 500 winner Paul Dumbrell as the youngest V8 driver of the modern era this weekend.
Dumbrell was a 16-year-old schoolboy when he made his V8 Supercar Championship debut at Symmons Plains in Tasmania in 1999.