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NOW Was $9,995 $52pw 4162593AA Aiming for top at 15 Racing prodigy: Stephen Taylor in the sprint car at Patetonga, where his lap times, for someone new to this level of racing, made people sit up and take notice. By KRIS DANDO Stephen Taylor is one name to keep listening for in the sprint car racing world. The Whitby 15-year-old is the youngest driver to be crowned Wellington rookie of the year. He has already impressed drivers much older than him with his combination of fearlessness, maturity and natural instinct. He has racing in his veins, with father Ian a well-known stockcar champion in his day. With the dollars earnt from his dad for winning races, Taylor bought a mini-stock for himself in 2009 when just 13, the minimum age he was allowed to compete. It was old and heavy but I got good results in it,'' he recalls. Although licences for mini sprint drivers are usually not given until age 16, Taylor received his at 14. In the last season he finished runner-up in the local drivers' championships, racing drivers much older. In the off-season he had a breakthrough opportunity -- a chance to race a lap at the famous Patetonga Speedway in one of the big sprint cars. From the minis (160 horse- power) to the 780hp version was a huge step, but one he took with aplomb, clocking lap times a touch over 12 seconds. At first it was hard to get used to but once I did, I really enjoyed myself and did some good laps,'' he says. His best time was just 0.9 sec- ond outside the record for an adult and his performance on track was noticed by sprint car and team owner Roger Davis. We like testing young guys in the big cars, some of them struggle to drive these monsters, but not this kid,'' Davis said. His laps were incredible, they were smooth and showed a real skill and maturity, he had plenty of people out of their seats.'' Davis, who had a young Shane Van Gisbergen in his team at one time, says he sees similar traits in Taylor -- both in out of the sprint car -- and he predicts the young man will be a NZ champion one day. This season sees Taylor in mini sprint races around the central North Island. His time at Patetonga won't be forgotten, however, and he wants to use it as a platform to eventually reach his goal of being a professional driver in the USA. That's the dream. I just need to keep working hard, get more tech- nical knowledge, and I'll hopefully achieve it.'' Top season: Wests juniors, coaches and supporters outside the Lower Hutt Town Hall after being named Capital Football's junior club of 2011. Looking forward to proud season For the second time in three years, Western Suburbs has been crowned Capital Football Junior Club of the Year. The award was presented to the club's proud junior chair- man Pete Gillespie at the recent junior prizegiving in Lower Hutt. It is determined by the over- all performance of teams in the promo, junior premier league and super six competitions. Wests were the champions in the 10th promo, 12th JPL and 13th JPL, runners-up in the 13th promo and reached the super six finals in 12th and 13th grade competitions. These achievements com- bined to win the trophy ahead of close rivals Karori and Tawa. Gillespie says the cup now holds pride of place in Western Suburbs Club rooms at Endea- vour Park. It's really, really pleasing. It reflects the efforts the parents are putting in, trying to get the very best out of their kids,'' he said. Two teams went unbeaten and there's plenty of players that are going on to make [Wel- lington] rep sides, a season to be proud of.''
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