Shaun Costello will compete in the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships today at Phillip Island.LUKE MCMANUS April 12, 2014 3:04am
Shaun Costello has stepped up into Formula Ford this season and will compete at Phillips Island today.
Shaun Costello will rev the engine of a different machine today as part of the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships.
A successful graduate of the go-kart medium, Costello will try his hand at the Formula Fords and mark a significant step in a promising racing career.
Formula Fords, a common pathway for prospective drivers, has been in Costello’s sights ever since his maiden go-kart state title.
Following a similar path to Echuca’s Jayden Wallis, Costello compiled a nice collection of race wins and, at the ripe age of 16, believed the time was right to take the next step.
‘‘It’s going to be awesome, I’m really excited to race,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve had a couple of practice runs and it felt absolutely amazing, so I can’t wait to finally race.’’
Costello used two test days at Winton Raceway as preparation for today’s opening round of the Victorian championship but said little could prepare him for the challenges awaiting at the Phillip Island circuit.
Aside from his competitors, Costello will need to contend with the jump in speed when he plants his foot at the top of the Phillip Island straight.
Costello reached 180km/h at Winton but hopes to top 240km/h during tomorrow’s race.
The already swift speeds topped in his go-kart will seem like child’s play.
‘‘I can’t wait to get back in the seat,’’ Costello said.
‘‘I’m keen to go as fast as I can.’’
As Costello embarks on his Formula Ford career, he will have to wait a little while longer until he can shake the go-karter tag.
Costello will race at September’s National Rotax Championships in Ipswich before ‘‘we can fully focus on Formula Fords’’.
Costello is sure to travel the distance after an Echuca business, A and R Water Solutions, jumped on board, giving the family-owned team a rare but significant boost, according to Shaun’s father and team manager, Simon.
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