RECOGNITION as one of the junior go-kart drivers of the year was a pleasant surprise for Colac’s Tom Prascevic.
Tom, 13, engraved his name alongside the likes of V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup on a rookie-class karter of the year trophy.
The Trinity College student raced more than 20 meetings this season before the Victorian Kart Association recognised Tom for his stand-out performances.
The newly-crowned kart champion claimed a Victorian junior national light kart title at Swan Hill a fortnight ago and will take a break over summer before racing starts again in January.
The race was Tom’s first at junior national light after he made the leap from rookie class.
Tom said the karter of the year award was recognition for the hard work his family and crew had put into the season.
“We have travelled around a bit to places like South Australia and Swan Hill so we’ve done a fair bit but not as much as some of the other kids,” he said.
“Other kids have done 30 weekends and we only did about 20 weekends of the year.
“I’ve got Steve Baxter from Camperdown helping with the set up of the kart and he’s just doing an awesome job.”
Tom said he was proud to claim the karting accolade at Melbourne’s Taylors Lakes Hotel after he gained the most votes from VKA racing stewards throughout the season.
“I did think I was a chance but I didn’t want to go there with any expectations,” he said.
“But it was awesome to get a trophy with the names of Jamie Whincup, Cameron Waters, David Sera and Adam Macrow on it.”
Tom said his breakthrough win at Swan Hill was one of the highlights of his year.
“To win a title in my first race was great and something I never expected,” he said.
“A top 10 would’ve been a good effort but to have the win was awesome.”