Young drag racer aiming for the top

July 27, 2016
Errol Crosby / Photographer Shane Gunter and his blue Subaru Forester at the Vernamfield Motorsports Park in Clarendon on Sunday.

Young driver Shane Gunter wants to become one of the elite competitors on the local drag-racing circuit.

At Sunday's Supligen National Drag Racing Circuit's (NDRC) meet number three, 17-year-old Gunter clocked just over 16 seconds on his debut at the highly competitive event.

The event, held at the Vernamfield Motorsports Park in Clarendon, attracted more than 120 drivers competing in several classes.

Young Gunter, the son of NRDC executive member Stephen Gunter, ran 16.4 seconds at the test and tune prior to last Sunday's event, and registered another 16.4 seconds at the event.

"Not really experienced, I just got my licence about a month ago and then came to the race and decided to try it (competitive racing) for the first time," he told STAR Sports.

Gunter's car is a 2005 Subaru Forester with a stock two-litre turbo engine.

"I get a lot of lessons about reaction time from my dad, and really about how to treat the car and not how to give it everything at one time.

"I am not sure how he rates me as a driver. He definitely thinks I am inexperienced but improving fast. He really trusts me to drive the car at the race meet, so he thinks I am capable enough," the Hillel Academy student pointed out.

The youngster says driving his first car at 16 seconds flat would be an amazing feat for him.

"I love it, the turbo is crazy. It has a lot of pep in its step, and it corners very nice, and I just love it. My all-time goal would be to win my class and get a 16.0 seconds," he noted.

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