Family affair for Pealls
MOTORSPORT: When Kurtis Peall roars around Carina Speedway tonight in the junior sedans you'll be easily able to find him in the number 11.
The talented youngster races with the number that is special in the family.
It's also his lucky number and his age.
"My pop started with it, then dad kind of wanted it, so I kind of wanted it when I first started,” he said.
"Now I like the number 11.”
Racing a Daihatsu Charade in the junior sedans, lady luck has shone nicely for Kurtis this season.
The Bundaberg East High School student has claimed nine heat wins, one feature race win recently and third in the Silver Crown since starting in the sport last year.
Before that, Peall competed in the quarter midgets, winning both series he raced in.
He likes the need for speed.
"It's a lot faster (running the juniors),” he said.
"That thing (midget) used to go around 40km, now we run at 90km.
"I like the big challenges, always trying to go for them.”
And there have been some along the way.
A heavy incident on New Year's Eve last year, hitting head-on into a concrete wall, shook him up but made him more determined than ever to keep going.
"It was a little bit (scary); the next day I went around and helped pop fix the car,” he said.
"I just slowly worked my way up and said 'I can do this.'
"So far it has been so good after the crunch.”
He's now aiming to stop Casey Collins, who has dominated junior racing for the past few years.
"I like running with him, he doesn't try to take you out first lap,” he said.
"I just drive it hard, keep it smooth and hopefully come out with a good result.
"With the key to smoothness you can't eat a bunch of jelly beans and go racing. You can't be crazy with these things otherwise you'll hurt yourself and the car.”
Kurtis's father Ashley said his son has done well so far.
"He's been excellent, driving exceptionally well,” he said.
"He's listening to all the other juniors that give him the tips and he is going fast.”
Ashley will also be racing tonight in the Super Sedans.
"To be honest, we've got all the good guys coming and if I can make the final it is a bonus,” he said.
"Staying out of trouble and keeping the car straight is the ultimate goal for me.”
Racing starts at 5pm.