Lawson looks forward to hometown debut



Local teenager Liam Lawson is looking forward to making his hometown motor racing debut this weekend, when the Hi-Q New Zealand Formula First championship comes to the Pukekohe race circuit.
The current SpeedSport Scholarship rookie driver will start the meeting fresh from his maiden race car win at Taupo last month and is hoping to repeat that form over this weekend’s three championship races.
“To win a race at home would be really special,” said Liam, who will have plenty of support track-side from his family and Pukekohe High School friends.
Liam has only contested six races over two rounds since moving into singleseater race cars from a successful karting career and has so far scored two podium finishes.
To prepare for the motor racing this weekend, Lawson drove another Formula First race car during a test day at Pukekohe recently, the first time he’d driven on his hometown race circuit.
“I’ve been around Puke before in a couple of cars as a passenger but this was the first time I’ve driven it,” said Liam.
“I really like the track layout and I can’t wait for the racing. The series only comes here once this season so I really want to do well this weekend.”
It’s been an astonishing start to motor racing for the tiny teenager. Lawson currently lies fourth in the hotly contested championship series, and he’s lying within striking range of the leaders.
For SpeedSport Scholarship cofounder and Lawson’s driving coach, Dennis Martin, his results are coming from hard work and dedication both on and off the race track.
“The way he works with the team is first-class,” said Dennis.
“Liam’s first race win was no fluke. That was a very mature drive. He simply out-drove his opposition.”
The SpeedSport Scholarship provides a season racing in a Formula First car under the guidance and tuition of Martin’s Sabre Motorsport Team, as well as a personalised race suit, boots and racing gloves from Chicane.

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