It’s been an encouraging debut for Junior Quarter Midgets racer Mallacai Windsor since joining the Novice A 120cc class earlier this season, having already achieved some promising results.
Despite suffering from Autism, the determined nine-year-old racer from Buninyong near Ballarat hasn’t been held back from chasing his passion for speedway racing and has already achieved a major milestone, collecting his maiden feature-race win at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, along with a handful of minor podium results.
With his dad, Mat, having grown up around speedway racing and currently pit crewing for Sprintcar driver Peter Milnes, Mallacai has always been fascinated with the ins and outs of racing, in particular the continuous circular motion and shape of the wheels, which have a calming effect on him, with the youngster also helping out in the pits whenever he’s able.
First being bitten by the racing bug when he tried his hand at indoor go karting, adrenaline junkie Mallacai enjoyed the thrill of speeding around the track so much that his parents decided to buy him a Junior Quarter Midget, to allow him to continue following his passion.
Looking up to his role model Milnes, Mallacai has quickly become a calculated and respectful driver, piloting the Vic # 51 Junior Quarter Midget, a tribute to Milne’s Vic # 51 Sprintcar, and having already shown a great deal of promise, who knows what the future holds for him.
Mallacai would like to thank the following 2016-17 sponsors for their valued support: The Healing Garage, Cinnabar Bakery – Drysdale, Ballarat Indoor Go Karts, Tavids Print Group and Wettenhalls. He would also like to give special thanks to his mum and dad, Ree and Mat, his nanna Sue, Peter Milnes, Warrick Taylor and everyone from Junior Quarter Midgets Victoria.
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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.