Dean aims high

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Dean aims high

ON Sunday, October 25 James Dean of Leongatha won the Victorian Formula Vee Championship at Phillip Island.
This weekend he takes on the best from around the country in Tasmania and hopes to become the nation’s number one.
Inspired by the Kiwis’ win in the Rugby World Cup it is a case of watch out Australia, this import aims to win.
When he was a 10 year old James Dean and his dad raced dirt go carts at home in Timaru on the South Island, New Zealand.
With a name like James Dean, this now 23 year old was destined to find fame in one field or another; it seems as if he is well on his way.
His second placing in the Australian Formula Vee National Championships in 2014 was by the skin of his teeth: 4,000th of a second.
And the prize? Well as James says, you don’t do it for money.
Participation in a state round comes at a cost of something like $2000 and the reward for coming second, three nights at a flash Phillip Island resort and $150 cash. It’s an expensive hobby but the adrenalin rush is something someone who hasn’t been in the driver’s seat can only imagine and even then it makes your hair stand on end.
“It’s the best racing ever,” said James. “One little mishap and you can flip.
“It might not be the fastest motor sport but it is the most enjoyable.
“The other cars are so close, the adrenalin rush is intense and the lead is changing all of the time.”
Moving to Australia 13 years ago, his father and James would go flat out every day after he finished school, at the Stony Creek go cart track.
“Dad decided it was time to take the next step and we went to Sandown and had a team talk on Junior Racing Development (JRD).
That talk ended up with a test day at Phillip Island where JRD recognised Dean’s talent.
James and his dad got a car built and the rest is history.
His girlfriend Jamie Robertson said, “He’s good before a race, he likes to get into his own head space and be by himself.
It is a different story after a race though. If he hasn’t raced to his expectations he punishes himself for it.”
Given a lifetime working up to it, this Kiwi, now a Leongatha resident, deserves to hold the shining prize aloft.

Racing force: James Dean with the trophy for placing second in the 2014 Australian Formula Vee Championship. After becoming the Victorian Formula Vee champion at Phillip Island on October 25, Dean hopes to go one better this year at the event held in Tasmania this weekend.

Racing force: James Dean with the trophy for placing second in the 2014 Australian Formula Vee Championship. After becoming the Victorian Formula Vee champion at Phillip Island on October 25, Dean hopes to go one better this year at the event held in Tasmania this weekend.

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