JASON Sherwell is so quick in his go-kart it has taken less than six months to become Queensland champion.
The Biloela racer only took up the sport in June, and on the weekend took home the C and D grade state title in Rockhampton.
Sherwell, 36, almost couldn’t believe it when a blistering Saturday qualifying session gave him poll for the first race.
“Far out – this has all come together,” Sherwell said he was thinking at the time.
The power station worker led from start to finish in the first race, giving him pole for the second race
The former speedway driver didn’t have it all his own way in the second race.
On just the third corner, Sherwell was shunted by a car behind and spun around 180 degrees, with a car behind him driving up over him and hitting his shoulder.
The crash put him back to fourth, but it fired Sherwell up.
With two laps he had worked his way back into the lead and took it home.
“The adrenalin was going because I wasn’t happy,” he said.
His sparkplug had been damaged in the crash but he was unaware of it until he had finished.
“I drive it to death right until the end.”
Sherwell and his family – wife Tanya, children Joshua, 8, and Mikaela, 6 – are his pit crew and made repairs overnight ready for the main event on Sunday.
He took home the pre-final and then the final, leading both from start to finish.
And as to being state champion, Sherwell said: “It’s absolutely brilliant.”
Before the birth of his children, Sherwell raced a Ford Cortina in speedway, but took up karting as he saw it as something that could involve the whole family.
Next year, Joshua will follow in his dad’s footsteps.
“You are either a racer or you’re not and I’m a racer,” Sherwell said.
“I should have started in this sport at Joshua’s age,” he said.
Sherwell now plans to step up to B grade.
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