CANNING Vale youngster Madison Brown is still four years away from getting her driver’s licence, but she is already reaching speeds of up to 118km/h on the racetrack.
The 12-year-old has emerged as a break through talent in the sport of drag racing after being named 2014/2105 Rookie of the Year for Junior Dragster in her first season of racing.
She races over a distance of 200 metres (1/8 of a mile) at a speed of 118 km/h in 8.75 seconds and already looks set to achieve her goal of winning an Australian championship.
“My top speed is 118km/h and I plan on reaching speeds of 125km/h” she said.
“While I race, I focus on getting a good reaction time on the start line, keeping the car straight and crossing the finish line first.
“The racers are handicapped by time to suit each individual car, which means you don’t have to be the quickest or fastest – consistency and reaction time plays a big part in the race.”
Madison became interested in the male-dominated sport through her father Ian Brown, a former WA drag racing champion who drove supercharged dragsters and alcohol funny cars.
In 1994, he set the national record in an AA funny car, racing over the quarter mile in 6.19 seconds at a speed of 378km/h.
Madison hopes to follow in his footsteps and get behind the wheel of an alcohol funny car once she graduates from junior racing.
Coincidentally, Ian Brown was also named Rookie of the Year in his first year racing, 32 years ago.
Madison is focused on being a role model for other car-crazy girls and she is completely undeterred by her male counterparts.
“It is a male-dominated sport, but there are a few girls coming through. I enjoy going out there and beating the boys.”
Ian Brown said he was very proud of his daughter and the way she handled herself out on the track.
“I always tell her winning is a bonus, you go out there to have fun – especially in the junior classes.
“But, they also have to stay focused and concentrate. In the junior classes they are as quick as a Commodore Club Sport over the 200 meters.”
Brown said Madison had all the makings of a top dragster, but he also wanted her stay focused on her studies at school and fulfil her other goal of becoming a vet.
Madison hopes to compete in the East Coast Nationals at Sydney Dragway in November.
It will be the first time Madison has raced out of WA, and it will cost $1000 to transport her car there.
If you able to help with the cost email Justine Brown at email@example.com
Madison drives a 2005 American built dragster with a 380cc single cylinder engine.
The car is named Madison Ave, after Madison, but the name was also inspired by her family members who live near New York. It is also painted in a New York theme.