AUBIN Grove’s Jett Demarte is racing karts now, but bigger things could be on the cards for the 10-year-old.
In just his third year of racing, Jett has won 11 of 16 race meetings entered.
In October he won the WA State Sprint Kart Title and was crowned the West Australian State Champion for his class.
Just recently he completed the last round of the Western Cup achieving first place overall for the series.
Father Joe, himself a racer and a Formula Ford veteran, said Jett improved significantly in 2014, using that as a base for a stellar 2015.
“He already had the speed and consistency but he suddenly got the confidence to pull off daring overtaking moves which completed the puzzle,” he said.
“Jett has a very smooth driving style and is able to pull the same lap times lap after lap. This consistency is definitely a strong point.
“He also has a very calm nature and tends not to get flustered under pressure which is also a big help.”
As many racing families know, the sport is costly in time and money.
The karts are not cheap, and regular maintenance is all part of keeping the vehicle competitive.
Jett’s mum Kylie said Joe spends plenty of nights in the garage working on the kart, and the family travel long distances for race meets.
“The first year we were racing I calculated the cost at the end of the season and it was frightening, so I resigned myself never to do that again,” she said.
“Right now Jett is happy with his achievements, but you never know what the future has in store for you.
“Realistically to go to the highest level in motorsport is a costly endeavour and can be out of reach for even the most talented drivers who are unable to find financial backing. But he is interested in racing in Le Man’s Prototype Cars and every kid’s dream is Formula 1.”