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Bilo kid loves life in fast lane

WALL OF GOLD: Biloela boy Jake Downs holds his trophy for second place at the go-kart state titles which joins a heap of trophies he has won.
WALL OF GOLD: Biloela boy Jake Downs holds his trophy for second place at the go-kart state titles which joins a heap of trophies he has won.

JAKE Downs likes two things - going fast and winning.

At the recent go-kart state championships in Mackay, Biloela's king of the karts certainly did the first one and narrowly missed out on doing the second and being named the best in Queensland.

The 10-year-old Biloela go-kart racer still thinks it was “pretty cool” to finish second in the 9-13 years rookie division.

“I was happy but sad,” Downs said.

The young speedster said he was building a rivalry with Joshua Smith, the driver that finished in the top spot.

“I've beaten him before so I was a bit disappointed. I like winning. I like to go fast,” he said.

Good thing he is into racing then.

Downs dominated the meet, grabbing a first and two second placing out of the four races.

Not only did he have the support of a very tight-knit pit crew - dad Matt heads as chief mechanic, and mum Shannon and sisters Krystal (12) and Kaitlyn (7) - with the family originally from Mackay they had other relatives cheering on the Bilo burnout boy.

A home ground advantage was wiped out by a recent revamp of the track where Downs had his biggest day in the race suit back in June when he won the Mackay Sugar City Rookie Title.

Downs is nearing veteran status in the rookie racing circuit, having first climbed behind the wheel of his kart when only six.

He is so quick around a track his father has nicknamed him “Lowndesy” after V8 supercar driver Craig Lowndes. With his second, Downs did better than Lowndes' fourth at Bathurst on their respective biggest races of the year.


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