Teenage student on track for future glory

Drag racer Christopher Schaper
Drag racer Christopher Schaper

CHRISTOPHER Schaper is leading the Junior Dragster point standings as Willowbank Raceway prepares to host the final round of the 2016 JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series on Saturday.

The 16 year old Nerang State High School student has been racing for eight years, after being introduced to the sport by his family - including racer father Michael Schaper, who also competes in the series.

"I reckon the Eighth Mile Series is a great little championship,'' the year 11 student said.

"It goes between four tracks and three regions, which is pretty good for all of the racers who don't usually go to big events.

"It gives everyone a good opportunity to race, at different tracks and against different people, while feeling the atmosphere regional tracks have to offer.''

Schaper is in his third year contesting the Eighth Mile Series.

"In the past I was able to get three other wins but it just wasn't enough to put me into the lead,'' he said.

"This year started off not so great with a full rebuild of the rear of the car required, but from there it progressed and in the last round it all came together.

"I am feeling pretty confident heading to the final round in the lead, but at the same time, I am also feeling cautious - there are all those other races chasing me in the points, including the two that are tied for second place just two points behind me. They are both great racers so that is pretty scary, and there are double points on offer for this event as well so really, anything can happen.''

The 2016 season marks the seventh consecutive year of the series. Joining Junior Dragster racers will be Super Street, Modified, Eighth Mile Outlaws, Super Sedan, and Modified Bike Dragster categories.

Topics:  drag racing, ipswich motorsport precinct, jp racing eighth mile series, willowbank raceway

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