Tokoroa 10-year-old Victoria Steiner is a kid going places quickly.
Victoria was named New Zealand Drag Racing Association (NZDRA) 2018 Junior Dragster Champion.
That’s despite having only been racing for two years.
She said she found receiving the award to be both exciting and daunting as she went on stage to receive her trophy.
“I was just nervous because of all the people in the seats looking at me,” she said.
But getting over the nerves of receiving trophies appears to be something Victoria is going to have to come to grips with.
She has competed in 10 competitions since she started, winning at least four during the 2017 season.
While racing she has reached speeds of 87km and shows no sign of slowing down.
“I enjoy going fast,” she said.
She was inspired to start after watching her big brother Joshua race and the sport has become quite the family affair.
Her father Peter is in charge of the mechanical side of things, having worked on engines for years, and her mother Leanne acts as the support crew.
Leanne said she goes through a mix of nervous and excited emotions while watching her daughter race
“I have accepted that the kids learn to lose and learn to win,” she said.
Victoria said her favourite track was the Masterton Motorplex.
“Because I can race on the little track and we get to drive to the end,” she said.
She’s been mastering her skills by practising on grass and around the pits.
One day she hopes to turn the sport into a career but for now she’s just enjoying the adrenaline rush and making lots of new friends.
Victoria thanked her sponsors Unlimited Signs Tokoroa, Steiner Racing Developments and Pete’s Panel and Paint for allowing her to do what she does.
11:21, Aug 22 2018