A need for speed
AT THE age of seven Fraser Ruane was told by his mother that it was too dangerous for him to ride motorbikes.
And now the nine-year-old finds himself in the midget and cadet class at the Lismore Kart Club.
"It's fun, I play rugby union as well but karts are my favourite," Fraser said.
"My grandad made a kart for my dad when he was my age and dad made one for me two years ago.
"I race against 11 others and we're all friends.
"I love getting canteen food before and after I race."
Fraser already has his sights set on a possible speedway career in Lismore.
"I used to race motorbikes but mum said it was too dangerous," Fraser said.
"I want to do speedway as soon as I can and should be able to do that when I turn 12.
"I like watching racing on TV but I don't have any favourite drivers yet."
Fraser took out the cadet class on his home track in the first round of the NSW State Cup event last month.
The final round is at Port Macquarie on April 1.
"Fraser does really well and is always battling out with Nathan Herne in his division," Lismore club secretary Di Smith said.
"They started racing at seven so they already have a couple of year's experience.
"We hold 10 meetings a year and we're expecting larger numbers than usual this weekend because of (the) Young Guns."
Young Guns is an annual event at the Lismore Showground and attracts more than 130 drivers across 10 divisions.
It will run over a busy three days starting on May 4.
It has new sponsors this year that has helped increase the prize pool to $30,000.
"It should be huge, we're already getting entries from Sydney," Smith said.
"A lot of kids come from the Gold Coast and Brisbane too.
"The prize pool has increased by about $10,000."
Smith also believes karting is a lot safer than motorbikes.
"I believe they are a lot safer," she said of karts.
"My grandkids are in the kart club and they've never had an issue."
Racing starts from 8.30am at the Lismore Showground tomorrow.