KAIDEN Manders – remember that name.
The young gun from Perth is in Esperance this weekend for the next round of the 360 Sprintcar Power Series and had made the long haul with one intention – to win the major trophy up for grabs.
Kaiden had his interest in Speedway racing ignited by his dad who had raced sedans and speedcars.
At seven years old, Kaiden began racing karts and eventually got the opportunity to drive a Speedcar – with a 20 year old Fontana engine!.
Since these small beginnings Kaiden has gone on to make a clear mark on the sport of Speedway racing winning the Magic Man 34 tribute race, in honour of the late Michael Figliomeni, at Perth Motorplex, in 2014 – as a 16-year-old.
This was against a star-studded national and international field.
In 2015 Manders was a participant in the Speedway Rising Star Program, hoping to do more than just grow his skills behind the wheel.
“I hope to learn everything I need to know about controlling things off the track. I’m really excited to learn about the correct nutrition and what exercises to do to make sure I get 100% out of myself every time I strap into the car,” Manders said at the time.
The 19-year-old has gone on to win a few more speedcar races but is now concentrating on sprintcars, driving the J&S Drilling W60.
Heading into the 360 Power Series round in Bunbury (ON JANUARY 21), Manders was leading the competition and is a serious threat of winning the series – as well as being competitive at the Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship to be held at the Perth Motorplex in March.