Junior go kart driver, Lewis Buhagiar, has had a huge 2019 after excellent and consistent results that has led to him being selected to represent both NSW and Australia.
Lewis races karts in KA3 Junior Light in state and regional competitions. He is part of the Combined District Kart Club and the North Shore Kart Club.
Out of the eight major events this year, Lewis has placed seven times and is running second in the state championships.
The 14-year-old attends Arndell Anglican College and works part time to support his racing, which his mother, Jeanette, said he was extremely passionate about.
"Lewis started racing when he was around seven years old and it has really become his passion," said Jeanette.
"He races every second weekend. On his down weekends he works with his coach (Troy Hunt from TopGun Driver Training Academy) and a personal trainer."
Lewis works on strength, conditioning and concentration as it is extremely important for him to maintain concentration for a long period of time.
"He doesn't have a lot of down time," said Jeanette. "He works on a simulator through the week. His father does most of the work on the cart but it is also set up by a mechanic."
Lewis has been invited to race in The Race of Stars in October, an invitation only event that sees the top racers from across Australia selected to participate.
Lewis has also been invited to represent Australia in Las Vegas at the Supernats in November.
"These two event are prestigious events and you need to achieve high results to be invited," said Jeanette. "Lewis has successfully done this two years in a row.
"The Supernats is international and sees the best in the world competing. Very few kids from Australia are invited and we have been working towards this all year long."
Lewis has been going through intensive work, which will include working one-on-one with an international coach from Rollinson Performance when he travels to Las Vegas.
It's a different craft performing in other countries at such high levels, so international coaches are important, which again requires selection from results and recommendations.
Lewis has five sponsors on board that support him in his racing. They include; Tuff n Nuff Racing, Vards Graphics, Total Tilt trays, ASEA Global, Krizmik Industries. He races under Buhagiar Racing.
Next year Lewis will be moving into the senior category of racing. "It is quite challenging," said Jeanette.
"He will be moving to cars as well. You have to be 16 years old to race cars and Lewis is wanting to make the leap."
Lewis is currently unsure which events he is looking to enter or attempt selection for after returning from Las Vegas.
"He's undecided but he knows he wants to go in both cars and karts but when he makes the leap, he will require a completely different coach for the cars,"
"He is looking forward to both of the upcoming events and just being able to race."