Moving into adult class racing will be an eye opener for 16-year-old Josh Nell this Nelson Speedway season.
Josh has made the decision to move into the street stock class at the start of the racing season rather than seeing out his remaining time in the ministock,
He was still eligible to carry on competing until his 17th birthday, but having achieved most of his goals it was easier to concentrate on one car rather than make the switch mid-season.
Josh had many successes last season, picking up the Nelson Club Championship, winning Youth King of the Coast and finishing third at the New Zealand Youth Ministock title at Oxford Speedway.
The move into street stocks was a logical pathway into open class racing with many of the top drivers making their entry this way, going on to win national titles in the top classes like super stocks, super saloons and sprint cars.
Josh plans on running the street stock for the next two seasons; he will jointly race with car owner Graeme Kitto before deciding on his next step.
He will be going through the mentor programme at Nelson practices and getting three meetings in so he can qualify for the South Island title in Blenheim on November 26.
The car has a lot more horsepower but is heavier, plus he will have to factor that there is contact allowed, something he has been taught to avoid in the youth class.
Josh aims to eventually get into the heavy hitter class, stock cars, if necessary, but ultimately it’s super stocks that he wants to end up in. It’s a wee way off, knowing he will have to fund it himself, but he has been working at Donaldson Civil since he was 12.
Now in his penultimate year at high school, his ambition is to get an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering and eventually looking at working on high tech race engines like super stocks or V8 Supercars.