Coby Dunlop is making an impression in the karting world. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

Not many year nine students can say they’ve got a second place state gokarting title to their names, but Coby Dunlop can.

In his three years in the sport, Dunlop has excelled and raced in gokart competitions such as the Victorian Championships and is in the midst of the Golden Power Series.

And to say he’s happy with the highlight of his career would be an understatement.

“I’m pretty stoked [about being second in the state], very happy,” Dunlop said.

Dunlop says he’s been a fan of the sport for a long time.

“I’ve liked racing my whole life, just watching my idols race in SuperCars and F1 and my stepdad used to race cars, so that helped,” he said.

Father Tim Dunlop says that he also knew that his son would get into the sport when he was younger.

“He used to watch it on TV or he’d like to go to car racing, the V8 Supercars or the Formula 1, so he always had that interest,” Mr Dunlop said.

But taking to the track doesn’t stop Dunlop from keeping up his studies.

“He’s doing maths without realising it, working on the cart and looking at the mechanical side of it all,” Mr Dunlop said.

In his KA4 Heavy Class, Dunlop has raced in Albury, Bendigo, Rochester and Gippsland and is set to go to Swan Hill and Puckapunyal for the last two rounds of the Golden Power Series in September and November.

Mr Dunlop says it’s a lot of time away from home, but it’s worth it.

“We travel all around Victoria, at least once a month… but it’s something that he enjoys and is doing really well at,” he said.

– Alex Gretgrix