PERFECT ROUND Carter
A WHOPPING six seconds separated Carter Mobbs and the trailing pack as the young karter claimed national honours.
As Cadet 9s was only introduced to the Australian series this year, Carter will go down in history as the youngest driver to win a round of a national championships.
He enjoyed the perfect meet, finishing fastest qualifier, heats and the final to gain maximum points in the first round of the Australian Karting Championships in Dubbo.
His father Tony explained that his son raced pretty comfortably in the end but could not have without the lead-up work the father-son duo put in prior.
"He actually did it quite comfortably, in practice he was quite a bit faster than the others," Tony said.
"But then come qualifying he was only one tenth faster but then come racing they could only stay with him for a few laps and he would pull away.
"He won by six seconds which is a lot in racing.
"He never really looked in doubt from pole position.
"We went to Dubbo at Christmas time to check out the track and that really helped out.
"If you turn up at a meet without any practice prior, there is a lot to get your head around.
"It is probably more for my benefit to get my gear and kart set up right while he is getting laps in and used to the track.
"So when we turn up for the race we are good to go."
Carter said he was nervous before the race but managed to overcome his fears and was proud of his race.
He can now push for the series crown.
"It felt good to win it and I was very proud to have such a good day," the nine-year-old said.
"It was my goal at the start of the day to try and win but I didn't expect to win so convincingly.
"Now I want to keep winning so I can win the whole series.
"Trying not to slip out can be hard sometimes and I was pretty nervous. I don't really know how I stopped feeling nervous.
"Me and dad have to get the kart ready for the next race now; dad is a good coach," he said.
Tony, a former Queensland champion himself, is his manager, driver and pit crew all rolled into one big support bundle.
He said it definitely helped that he had been there and done that.
"I had him out on the Emerald Karting track every afternoon and on weekends but now we know the track that well he is not going to gain anything, so our practice is racing.
"We race once a month elsewhere in bigger meetings.
"It takes a lot of effort though, 100% time and effort to succeed like this, your average person might only put in 50-70% and they won't get this far, it is not an easy task and very competitive."
With four races left in the series, Carter has work still to be done but is firmly on track and in pole-position for the title.
March 25-27 Puckapunyal, Victoria
May 13-15 Monarto, South Australia
July 1-3 Ipswich, Queensland
September 23-25 Port Melbourne, Victoria