Ayrton's drive to win

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 24-Mar-2016

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BEING named after a Formula One legend, you would assume that Ayrton Filippi would be pretty quick behind the wheel.

That he most certainly is, and the eight-year-old is making big steps in his dream to race alongside the best.

Ayrton started racing go karts about 12 months ago, and recently won round one of the Victorian cadet nine class state championships, competing against some of the best young talent the state has to offer.

Racing over two days, day one saw Ayrton suffer mechanical dramas in the first head before dad, and chief mechanic Marc, made some running repairs and got him back out on track.

In heat two, he finished fifth, and started the pre-final on say two in seventh before making his way to third by the end of the race.

Ayrton came up big in the final, starting fourth and flying through the field by the first corner after a brilliant start, before going on to take the chequered flag.

He even channelled some of his namesake, Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, who famously said: “If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver.”

“All the others were taking the dirty side of the road and I didn’t get why they would do that, so I went to the other side and went past them,” the Holy Rosary Primary School student said this week while taking a break from practicing for the cup.

“We were able to end up winning which was good. We had some trouble early in the weekend which we were able to fix.

“It was really good to win the race, the guys I were racing against were pretty tough but I thought I did a pretty good job.”

Next weekend, Ayrton is competing on his home track in the Bendigo Gold Cup alongside fellow local and former sparring partner Charlee
Richardson.

Ayrton and Charlee formerly raced against each other before Charlee graduated to the cadet 12 class.

After a stellar start to the season, Ayrton is hoping for some home track success, similar to that of his idol Daniel Ricciardo, who finished fourth in last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

“It’s a short track here, so sometimes I think that I want to go longer when the race is done,” he said.

“Hopefully we can have another good weekend. I like racing here
in Bendigo.

“We will put lots of practice in so hopefully we can do well.”

The Bendigo Gold Cup will be held on Sunday, April 3 at the Bendigo Kart Club in West Bendigo.

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