National title tilt the first step to American dream
LISMORE speedway driver Ethan Eyears has the chance to become the youngest Australian Litre sprintcar national champion when he races for the title at Sydney Speedway tomorrow night.
The 19-year-old has been in the sport for only a couple of years but is well in contention to take out the title at Parramatta.
Eyears believes the chance to make history as the youngest winner hasn't affected his preparation.
"I haven't really thought about it that much, to be honest," Eyears said.
"There is another guy racing from South Australia who is the same age as me, so that takes the pressure off a bit.
"I just want to concentrate on racing and whatever happens on the night will happen."
The Easter period was a good one for Eyears.
He had two podium finishes and was consistent through the heats.
He races with the Raw and Eyears Motorsport team and credits his pit crew for his success this season.
"I've only been to one Australian title in litre sprints before where I came seventh (in Lismore)," Eyears said.
"I consider myself to be the underdog but I can't wait for the overall experience.
"There will be about 30 cars and guys from all over the country.
"To win the Australian title would be the pinnacle of my career and a dream come true."
Eyears knew straight away that litre sprintcars was the division for him.
He sells car and truck parts in Lismore and dreams of racing in the United States one day.
"They can race professionally over there four or five times a week," Eyears said.
"This season has gone really well. We had a few mistakes here and there but we got through them.
"It's an exciting time for me and I'm just trying to get laps after laps on track after track."