At just 17 years of age, Daniel Zandt has become the youngest ever Kerrick Sports Sedan Series competitor by making his debut with the Series this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway.
Zandt is taking the wheel of the #87 Shepparton Toyota Mini amongst a field of 20 KSSS racers this weekend for what is the second round of the 2015 season – being held in support of the V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint event.
Despite his young age, Zandt is not intimidated by either the stage or his fellow racers.
“It isn’t intimidating, it is good, it is exciting! Hopefully it will provide some good exposure for the Mini. I am not intimidated by anyone, for me it is just about going around and doing the best I can – that is my aim for this weekend,” said Zandt, who thanks his dad Steven and mum Tania for all their support of his racing career.
As a year 12 student who regularly competes with the Victorian Sports Sedan Series – coming home second in last year’s Under 2 Litre Sports Sedan Championship - and has also raced in go karts, there is a balancing act to be played.
“I am supposed to be at school today, but obviously I’m not!” laughed Zandt.
“We are trying to find the balance between Year 12 and the car, so we have had to slow up a bit there as far as how many events we do and that is a bit of a shame, but next year I will be out into the workforce and we will be able to really have a crack.
“My school mates love it, they love coming around to the house and I have one mate in particular who is always pestering me about wanting to drive it!” laughed Zandt.
Zandt was on-track today as part of the lone practice session, which was topped by defending and eight-time champion Tony Ricciardello leading the way in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV.
“The day has gone pretty well, I wanted to go out there and go as well as I could and I was able to go faster than I have ever gone here before so I was really happy for that and am so excited for the weekend ahead,” said Zandt.
“The national series is really good, they are so organised and really look after you, it is awesome.
“I love this track, this is where I started out the first time I ever drove a race car, and I just love it. It really benefits the Mini.”
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will be on-track tomorrow as part of the V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint event for qualifying at 10.00am, followed by the first of three races for the weekend at 12.45pm. For full event information, go to www.sportssedans.com.au
|1. April 1-2 Wakefield Park|
|2. June 17-18 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 1-2 Sydney Motorsport Park|
|4. Sep. 30- Oct 1 Phillip Island|
|5. Oct. 27-29 Sydney Motorsport Park|