Travis Strelley finishes junior career on a high while others make first step at Shark Bay

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Archie Root, Travis Strelley, Beau Morgan, Ella Ricetti, Vince Lindsay and Haylee Strelley.
Camera IconArchie Root, Travis Strelley, Beau Morgan, Ella Ricetti, Vince Lindsay and Haylee Strelley. Credit: Supplied

The best junior drivers in the Mid West took to the track in Shark Bay on June 10 as the club held its Junior Perpetual Trophy Day.

The event sees junior top stars and new stars battle it out attracting drivers aged between 10 and 16 from around the State.

Geraldton’s Travis Strelley took out the perpetual top star trophy ahead of Archie Root and Beau Morgan.

This was Strelley’s last race meet as a junior driver, having to now move up into the adult division as he is about to turn 17, capping off his junior career with a win.

Morgan studies in Geraldton but is from Shark Bay and was a popular face on the podium.

Jacob Lathwell took the New Stars trophy as the Carnarvon local continued his strong form following a scary crash just the week prior.

At the North West Championships Lathwell was involved in a bad roll over in the heats but come the final he smashed the field by more than seven seconds.

He backed it up with another win in Shark Bay a credit to his own determination and his family-run team who managed to keep the cars running,

Second place was won by local Geraldton driver Kaylee Francis, who was sitting comfortably in third position until her fellow race car driver Caleb Henry from Carnarvon had to, unfortunately, pull into the infield with a flat tyre, allowing Kaylee to slip into second spot.

Third was won by another local Geraldton driver Brax Root, the little brother of Archie to claim his first podium finish and sash.

Jake Powell from Shark Bay made his racing debut and having turned just 10 years old, he was the youngest in the field for the day, and impressed in getting through his first event unscathed.

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