In the driving seat

Jordan Cvetanoski with his TRE-Vee.
Jordan Cvetanoski with his TRE-Vee.

The 191cm tall Marangaroo resident and Ashdale College student arrived at Barbagallo Raceway a few months ago and immediately slotted into the upper echelon of the fiercely-fought Formula Vee class.

He’d had no formal training, isn’t allowed to drive on the road, but took to the cockpit of his immaculate TRE-Vee racer like a professional and proceeded to perform like one.

He’s rarely been out of the top four in the Vee races, which attract a field of about 20, with most of the cars driven by seasoned racers.

‘I watched racing on TV and played with a scale model Ferrari when I was a kid,’ Jordan said. ‘I just knew it was the sport I wanted to get into.

‘At Barbagallo, I talked to some of the Formula Vee people, who encouraged me to join the club.

‘They’re really friendly and helpful, and before long and with help from my dad, we sourced a competitive car and I went racing.

‘Then we had a few good results which attracted the interest of a premium car dealer, so the Vee now runs in Perth 3MW colours.’

Like many racers, Jordan started off in karts, but his big frame and weight put him at a disadvantage and after eight months, he swapped to Formula Vee.

Displaying maturity well beyond his years, Jordan says he has no ambition to be another Daniel Ricciardo.

‘I’ve got to be realistic,’ the unassuming youngster said. ‘After college I want to become a plumber or an electrician, and build a career. Motorsport is great, but it’s a hobby.

‘However I’d jump at the chance of getting into a V8 Supercar if such an offer came my way.’

After Formula Vee, he does not expect to move to Formula Ford, traditionally the next category.

‘No, I think I’ll aim for Formula 1000, which makes its debut at Barbagallo Raceway in Sepetember,’ he said.

Formula 1000 is an open-wheel class of car using a 1000cc motorcycle engine. It originated in the US and is now popular all over the world as an entry level for serious enthusiasts.

At present there are 10 manufacturers of F 1000 cars, using engines from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha.

In the meantime, Jordan Cvetanoski ” he is of Macedonian descent ” will be happy trying to collect more silverware in his bright blue Formula Vee.