Arthur Hutchinson has had a great start to the 2016-17 season, coming away with his maiden feature-race win in his debut season in the Open 120cc Junior Quarter Midgets class.
The eight-year-old racer, who moved into the Open class after two seasons in the Novice 120cc class, celebrated a huge milestone when he drove to feature-race victory for the first time at Laang Speedway earlier this season.
With his dad Graham, the President of Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria, and his uncle Tim Hutchinson currently racing Standard Saloons, Hutchinson’s speedway pedigree saw him begin his speedway racing career at age six, but despite his family having strong Sedan roots, he followed his ambition to take the open wheelers route.
The Werribee-based driver is thoroughly enjoying his Junior Quarter Midgets campaign and loves the speed and thrill of competitive speedway racing, as well as the friendships he’s made throughout the past couple of seasons. By virtue of his feature-race win and podium appearances, he has also gained great experience in public speaking and conduct, which will no doubt continue to improve as his career progresses.
In the coming years, Hutchinson will be joined on track by his siblings, six-year-old Holly and four-year-old Stewart, who are chomping at the bit to follow in his footsteps. He looks forward to working towards his goal of racing Formula 500s once he graduates from Juniors.
Hutchinson would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Matho’s Plant Hire, Frankie’s A1 Car Sales, Diamond Hand Car Wash & Detail Altona, Hutchinson’s Towing, Melbourne Motorcycle Fairings, Kellie Smells Scentsy Consultant, Werribee Mechanical Centre, and Down Under Refrigeration. He would also like to give special thanks to his mum Kylie and his dad Graham, his siblings Holly and Stewart, his grandma Julie and pa Philip, and his nan Carmel and pop Kevin.
A Junior Quarter Midget is a quarter scale version of an actual open wheel midget (Speedcar) which is open to race for kids between five and 16 years of age. The cars are built around a tubular chromoly frame including ant-intrusion bars and kick-outs to stop wheel interference. All vehicles are fully suspended with coil over racing shock absorbers.
The vehicle bodies consist of fibreglass and aluminium and the cars are powered by Honda GX120 or GX160 single cylinder air-cooled 4 cycle engines providing 4.5-5.5 horsepower in standard configuration. The emphasis in Quarter Midget Racing is on participation and skill building and as such, the JQMA has a strict sealed, standard motor policy.
For more information on Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria, visit their website at www.jqmv.com.au or contact their President Graham Hutchinson on 0417 566 709.