RACING TO THE TOP: Emerging racer Damon Johnston finished up second for junior sedan racing at Charlton Speedway.
RACING TO THE TOP: Emerging racer Damon Johnston finished up second for junior sedan racing at Charlton Speedway. Contributed

Young star in making

HE MAY be too young to apply for a learner's licence, but 14-year-old Damon Johnston is more than comfortable behind the wheel.

The budding racer is quickly establishing himself as a fierce competitor on the track, finishing in second place overall in the junior sedan racing season at Toowoomba's Charlton Raceway.

Johnston's mother Lee-ann Simpson said the achievement was no mean feat, as all the younger racers knew their way around a vehicle.

"All the kids can handle a car better than most adults," she laughed.

The placing was a great result for Johnston in only his second year of racing.

Both seasons have so far been successful for the 14-year-old, who took out Rookie of the Year in 2012.

But although he is new to the sport, Johnston is no stranger to driving.

"He's been driving since he was nine," Mrs Simpson said.

"He's always wanted to get into racing, but it's not easy."

Luckily for Johnston, his step-father Michael isa also a racing enthusiast, and helped him find his feet in the sport.

After sourcing the perfect speedway car from Victoria, the pair has travelled all over the state for practice and meets.

Mrs Simpson said the duo had become a great team.

"It's just become their big hobby now," she said.

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