Tolson on a mission
By STEVE SPINKS
HE'S the part-time driver with a full-time dream.
But his dream is not necessarily behind the wheel.
Lismore Go-Kart racer Sebastian Tolson will head to New Zealand to compete at the New Zealand National Sprint Championships being held over the Easter Weekend.
The 19-year-old decided to race the Kiwi National Titles instead of the Australian Championships being held in Tasmania on the same weekend after he was offered sponsorship to New Zealand.
The winner of the New Zealand Nationals will also receive an all paid drive to compete at the prestigious Toyota All Japan Challenge.
Tolson, who only started Go-Karting five years ago, loves his driving but he sees himself as a future technician with a racing team.
I think every Karter dreams of racing cars," Tolson's mother Kerry said.
But Seb's passion is in setting up Karts, or cars, and working on them.
I think one day he'd like to work on a race team."
It's a passion that sits in well with his apprenticeship as a fitter and machinist at Suffolk's Engine Builders, Ballina.
However, while he's learning his trade driving will remain a big part of his motor sport career.
I've received some very good support and sponsorship this year, especially from local company, Wizz Couriers, who've assisted me with transporting a kart and equipment over to New Zealand," Tolson said.
It'll be fantastic having my own chassis and motor over there, instead of having to lease it.
I know exactly what the motor and chassis are like which means I can concentrate more on the track layout during testing."
This will be Tolson's third endeavour to New Zealand, having competed the past two years at the Christchurch Championships with a best finish of second in 2007.
Tolson kick-started his 2008 race campaign with a third place at the Premier State Cup first round at Oran Park recently and this year he will be concentrating on meets in Sydney and Darwin along with his three trips to New Zealand.