Pukekohe fifteen-year-old racing talent on the rise
Billy Frazer is on the fast track to racing stardom.
He may be too young to get his license, but a Pukekohe prodigy is turning heads on the racing circuit.
Fifteen-year-old Billy Frazer is on the fast track to stardom, placing third in the first round of this years Hi-Q New Zealand Formula First Championship.
While it may not be the win he was hoping for, the King's College student is on the tail of veteran racers, with 27-year-old Chris Symon taking the top spot and 22-year-old Liam Foster beating Billy by one-tenth of a second.
It hasn't taken Billy long to get to this point, at nine he began racing go-karts and two years later was representing New Zealand at the the Las Vegas go-kart SKUSA SuperNationals. At 12 he competed in the ROK Cup Series in Italy.
Not content with the go-kart circuit, at 13 Billy swapped his 120cc go-kart for something a bit bigger and became the youngest contestant in the Hi-Q New Zealand Formula First Championship.
"Some of New Zealand's greatest drivers have come through that series and at the end of the day I thought it would be a good opportunity."
The move was quite a step up and while his go-kart could reach speeds of up to 110km, his new 1200cc engine could propel him to speeds of 180km.
After placing fifth in the 2017 season of the competition, he was chosen to be one of eight promising drivers to be a part of the New Zealand 2018 Elite Motorsport Academy.
"It's a real honour to be part of this academy, looking at the drivers that have come through it in the past."
During that time Billy took part in a week-long camp in Dunedin run by the Academy of Sport South Island and the University of Otago's School of Physical Education's Human Performance Centre.
Billy said the Academy was instrumental in teaching him how to maintain a state of calm focus during 20 minutes of high octane racing.
"If you're not 100 percent focused that's when your mistakes come, losing, potentially getting passed or even in the worst scenario causing a crash."
The next round of the competition will be held in Pukekohe Park on December 7 and Billy is keen to put what he's learned into practice on his home turf.
"This year it's all about going after the championship."