Need For Speed . . . George Hedley (15) stands proud with his 7T ministock car racer. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Putting the pedal to the metal, Gore mini stock speedway car racer, George Hedley took first place at the Central Motors Speedway Youth Ministocks Goldrush Challenge, in Cromwell.

The 15-year-old took part in the 12 to 16-year-old youth ministock section, alongside 32 other contestants.

The competition was held over two nights at Easter weekend.

George said he was happy with his results.

“It makes me want to push myself harder.”

He had a lot of fun, he said.

“[On the track] I was thinking

“My technique was to keep my foot flat, drive fast and find the best line.”

He enjoyed ministock racing as it taught him how to control and work a car, he said.

“Anyone who wants to go fast and have fun should try speedway.”

His interest in the sport began when he was 11 years old.

“I had my first go and it started from there.”

He was grateful to the response of his sponsors, he said.

“I wouldn’t have been able to compete without them and they have helped me a lot.”

This year George also gained first place awards at the Riverside Speedway Southland Youth Ministock competition and at the Central Motor Speedway Ron Spriggs memorial meeting.

He could not wait until next season which would begin in September, he said.