Dirt karting prodigy Hayden Mason aims high at 2017 SA titles

Hayden Mason may only be 10 years old, but on a dirt karting circuit he can rumble with the big boys.

He will race drivers three and four years his senior when he takes to the track at Lucindale for the South Australian Dirt Kart Titles this weekend.

It will be his first attempt at the event, but he is already planning to follow it up with an appearance at the nationals at Kadina in October.

His confidence is sky-high after collecting a swag of trophies from other meets over the past six months.

He needed to demonstrate his racing chops at six events in order to qualify.

It is only his second year racing in the junior lights class, but as his mum Natasha explained, he had been behind the wheel for most of his life.

"My husband bought him a hand-controlled go-kart when Hayden was three and a half," she said.

"When he turned five we got him a full-sized go-kart, then when he turned seven we got him into the Blanchetown Kart Club racing in the rookies."

My husband bought him a hand-controlled go-kart when Hayden was three and a half.

Natasha Mason

It was a demanding pasttime, Mrs Mason admitted.

"To set up it's expensive and the ongoing costs ... after four or five meetings you've got to get your engine worked over, tyres you go through two sets a year, for the titles you want to make sure you've got a spare set as well," she said.

"It gets expensive.

"We travel to Renmark, Lucindale, Bordertown, Kadina, Virginia or the Adelaide Dirt Kart Club – it's the majority of weekends.

"It's very busy, everyone always asks 'how do you do it?'"

It can be scary at times, too.

"I know the nerves he would have sitting there and knowing what could happen is scary, but (I have)the confidence, I know he can do well," she said.

"So many people comment on how smooth he is of a driver."

Then again, motor sport runs in Hayden's family: his dad Clint crews for sprint car driver Todd Wigzell, one of his heroes, and his mum has also got into dirt karting.

It was easy, she said, "when you love it so much and it's a family-orientated sport".

Just don't expect to see Hayden's sister Shylie in the driver's seat any time soon – she is happy with her role as the crew chief.

The family thanked the sponsors who had allowed Hayden to pursue his racing career.


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