It’s been a remarkable twelve months for 15-year-old Pukekohe High School student Liam Lawson.
In less than a year, Liam has won the New Zealand F1600 championship and finished runner-up in the Australian Formula 4 championship.
From the points he’s scored in both series, Liam is mathematically eligible for a CAMS Super License—required to race, for example, a V8 Supercar—but he’s too young. Apart from the minimum points, drivers have to be 17 years of age.
After his successful debut season in Australia, the next international venture on the calendar for Liam is to represent New Zealand in the Road To Indy Scholarship Shootout in America early next month.
Liam won an entry into the competition by winning the NZ F1600 championship, formerly Formula Ford. He will be among a group of invited international drivers from five continents to compete against the best young Americans for a $US200,000 prize purse.
“We had two main goals at the start of this year. To compete in all rounds of the Australian Formula 4 championship and then go to America to contest the Road to Indy Shootout,” said Liam.
The race is now on to raise the funds for Liam to attend the Mazda Road To Indy Scholarship Shootout at the Bondurant Racing School near Phoenix, Arizona, 9-10 December.
Liam is busy seeking donations towards his travel and competition costs and has details and regular updates on his Facebook page, Liamlawson30. Brochures are also available at Liddells Pharmacy on King Street, Pukekohe.
“I don’t know what next year holds yet. It’s a very expensive sport to reach the point where you’re a professional driver so I’ll keep doing my best and see where it takes me. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve had so far and we’ll see what options are there if I can get to America,” he said.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post