NEVER TOO YOUNG: Lismore’s William Contojohn, 12, took the wheel a Subaru WRX for the first time at the Proston rally track recently.
NEVER TOO YOUNG: Lismore’s William Contojohn, 12, took the wheel a Subaru WRX for the first time at the Proston rally track recently. Keagan Elder

12-year-old boy ditches X-Box rally games for the real deal

THE driving experience video games provide is not real enough for 12-year-old Lismore driver William Contojohn.

He has ditched the controller for the steering wheel of his father's Subaru Impreza WRX at the Proston rally track.

At the age of 12, drivers are allowed to obtain a rally driving licence.

William could not apply for one quickly enough to follow in his father's footsteps.

Near enough to speechless after his first run on the track, William stuttered it was "awesome".

He completed the time trial in 2min 27sec, just seconds in front of his nearest opponent in the junior class.

But because of his young age, none of his friends believe he is a rally driver.

When he returns to school he will have plenty of stories to tell.

William's father, Nick Contojohn, said he could not be prouder.

As the passenger Nick would instruct William what the best race line is and encourage him to take turns at speed.

Never worried, he put his full trust in his son even when he entered some of the corners too fast.

"I think I was equally as excited as he was," Nick said. "I've been looking forward to it for a very long time."

Next on the plan is to introduce William to hill climb racing, Nick's preferred discipline, when he is 14.

"The best way to learn is on dirt because it's a slower speed and gives you more warning when the car will begin sliding," Nick said.


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