Karting lays Calan’s groundwork

Calan Williams is the youngest person to take part in Fastlane Racing’s new driver development program, competing in Formula Ford.
Calan Williams is the youngest person to take part in Fastlane Racing’s new driver development program, competing in Formula Ford.

Williams started his career as a member of the Tiger Kart Club when he was seven.

Since then, the Edgewater resident has won three club championships in a row and the 2013 Carnival of Karts, one of the biggest karting events in Australia.

In 2013 he also competed in interstate events, including the Victorian Open and the City of Melbourne titles, before moving to the high-performance junior rotax class in 2014, where he was competing against racers two years older than him.

Late last year, he took part in two test sessions in a Formula Ford � his first opportunity to drive a fully-fledged racecar � after which he was invited to be part of the Fastlane Racing program under the guidance of Brett Lupton and Peter Major.

Lupton used to train Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and V8 Supercars� Garth Tander, while Major is current WA Formula Ford champion.

So far the program has given Williams a great deal of track time, with individual driver training, simulator work and a physical fitness program.

He also spent a race weekend with the Gilmore Racing Formula 3 team at the first round of the Australian Formula 3 Championship in Sandown, Victoria, to gain experience of the team atmosphere and expectations at that level.

He will compete in three race meetings in the WA Formula Ford State Championship later this year.

Williams said he was excited to be part of the program and was determined to make the most of the opportunity.

�It is amazing to be able to drive the car at speeds close to 200km/h and though I know there is still much to learn, I am very pleased to already be putting in lap times which are already close to being competitive and I can�t wait to begin racing in a few months,� he said.