Fresh face joins the fray

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Another young man in a hurry is joining the ranks of racers in the Toyota 86 Championship this weekend.

Brock Gilchrist, 14, has risen out of karting into the popular BMW E30 series, and after just a handful of rounds has brought together a deal to contest the final two rounds of the current Toyota 86 Championship.

Taught to drive at just 2 ½ years of age by Dad Brent, Gilchrist was racing quad bikes by age four and karting at age seven.

He has completed four race meetings in the BMW series – his first races with a roof over his head. Now he joins the Toyota 86 Championship as it rolls into Circuit Chris Amon at Manfeild near Feilding for round five of six.

"I'm really rapt to get the chance to race an 86, the cars are awesome and Manfeild is a great place to getto grips with the power-handling balance."

Brock Gilchrist has no doubts about where he wants to go: the Australian Supercar Championship.

His arrival brings to 18 the number of drivers who have contested all or some rounds of the Championship.

Consistency is everything at this point in the Championship. With just three races this weekend and a final three at Hampton Downs in March, drivers must stay out of trouble, make sure they score points in every race – yet they must also race as hard as they can, knowing every other driver is going to do the same. The smallest mistake could cost them the title.

New arrival Gilchrist will be watching and learning.