Bundy teen burns tarmac
THE entire Australian drag racing industry knows about Bundaberg teen sensation Cody Grohn's skills on the track.
His juggling ability is less well-known.
While his competitors were training for Sydney's Fuchs Nationals, 16-year-old Grohn had an even bigger test on his mind.
The Shalom College student had to miss qualifying events for the race so he could take his Year 12 physics exam.
He arrived at Sydney on Saturday with one chance of making the finals.
And Grohn blitzed them, posting an 8.7 in the eight-mile final to become the first junior ever to be awarded the prestigious Gold Christmas Tree Trophy.
“A lot of drivers go their whole lives trying to even get their hands on one of these trophies and Cody's done it before he even finished high school,” Cody's proud father Peter said.
Cody was typically humble about the achievement.
“THE weekend was just a fantastic one for the entire Stuart Bishop Racing team, not only did I win the Junior Dragster category but Stuart broke into the five second barrier for the first time and went over 250 miles per hour,” Cody said.
“It was just great.”
The win was the second major title of Grohn's racing career.
The drag racing industry was put on notice about Grohn's talents when he won the Winternationals last year.
“I was a little bit nervous given the fact that I only had one shot at qualifying on Saturday due to my physics exam on Friday but I made it through,” Cody said.
“To win both the Winternationals and Nationals Titles is something that is really special and I thank Wallace Bishop Jewellers and all of the crew for their continued support.”
But for the first time since he got behind the wheel at age 14, racing may have to take a back seat.
The racing star is preparing to go to Brisbane's University of Queensland to study engineering next year.
But that does not mean an end to his racing career.
“Studying will probably be my number one priority, but I will still race and be a part of the team,” Cody said.
Next step on Grohn's radar is to make a step from the tarmac to the road.
The young speedster has just got his learners.
“It is a little bit different (to driving the drag car) but I'll get used to it,” Grohn said.