Like father, like son
THREE lap records, all in the past 12 months - not bad for an eight-year-old in his first year of competitive go-karting.
Meet Emerald's own Carter Mobbs, who under the guidance of dad Tony, qualified first at the Queensland state titles last weekend.
He started the final in pole position, but found himself battling with the pack and hung on to finish in a very respectable fourth place.
Carter races in the seven to nine-year-olds Cadet 9 class and drives a Tony Kart Rocky with a 60cc engine.
He demonstrated his ability early in his driving career, beating the lap record in just his sixth time out on the Emerald circuit.
His latest achievement came at the state titles where he smashed the lap record by seven-tenths of a second to qualify first.
Carter's quality is clear and he loves racing.
"It's really fun and I get to race people," Carter said.
"I am proud of myself for qualifying first.
"I was pretty happy to break the record.
"I train once or twice a week and it takes a lot of practice to get right."
His delighted father, a state title winner at Emerald, says his son's potential was evident from day one.
"I have passed up on racing this year to concentrate on Carter's racing," Mr Mobbs said.
"I have put a lot of time and effort into Carter's development as a driver and it is paying off.
"We will now concentrate on getting some more experience under his belt by racing on different tracks.
"We hope to be in a position to be competitive at a national level next year."