Fundraiser for Liam



Last week saw the first of possibly many meet and greet opportunities for young motor racing driver, Liam Lawson.

Held at Smart Bar last Wednesday evening, the Franklin community was invited to hear about Liam’s outstanding season to date under the SpeedSport Scholarship, and to learn about the exciting opportunities that lay ahead of the talented driver.
The Pukekohe High School student has been labelled by professionals in the sport as the next Shane van Gisbergen, who just so happened to be a recipient of the same scholarship that Liam is currently making his mark in.
The evening was well received, and Liam spoke like a true professional who had years of experience in the sport.
He answered questions with maturity and confidence beyond his years, and showed talent that many would envy by providing the entertainment for the evening through singing and playing the guitar.
Liam has both the talent and the ability, all he needs now is the community to band together and support this rising star. At only 14 years old, Liam has been named the leading Rookie driver, with the teenager collecting four podium finishes in his first five race meets. As the scholarship comes to an end, Liam and his supporters are looking ahead to what the future holds for the budding young driver.
Liam aims to one day compete in the Toyota Racing Series, New Zealand’s premiere motor racing championships.
His supporters, including Scholarship co-founder and driving Coach, Dennis Martin, say he has the talent to do just that and more.
However, under New Zealand regulations, Liam is unable to drive in this series until he is 16 years old. Until 2018, Liam will continue to race in the New Zealand Formula First Championship, and is on the lookout for sponsorship to assist with his driver development. His supporters have established Club 500, a fundraising campaign which will also aim to teach Liam about driver’s responsibilities off the track.
For those interested in learning more about the Club 500 can contact Grant Mc-Donald from the SpeedSport Scholarship via mobile, 027 227 3554, or email,

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