Camden speedster fastest man over a quarter mile

Jay Sadek is used to living life in the fast lane.

The 20-year-old racer reaches speeds of up to 310 kilometres per hour over a 400-metre stretch of track.

Sadek has been drag racing for the past three years and he has already made his mark in the sport.

His father Sam, who owns Sadek Motor Group in Camden, said Jay was born to race.

“At two years old he watch me racing on tv and then at four years of age he was rewinding videos to watch cars do burnouts,” Sam said.

“At nine years old – and I remember this clear as day – he said to me ‘Dad, I am going to race in Queensland and I am going to win’.

“And he did that.”

Jay pulled a 6.93 second run in a car he had only had three practice runs in.

“As a father, I was so proud – it was unbelievable,” Sam said.

“I had guys coming up to me saying they had been trying for 20 or 30 years to pull a six second run.”

Jay said he had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a drag racer.

“This has been a long term goal for me,” he said.

“I love the speed and the adrenaline – and when the car goes up on two wheels.

“I never get nervous or scared – I’m always excited.”

Jay said the sport was perfect for people with the need for speed.

“It keeps you from street racing and it’s a lot safer,” he said.

“If you hit a pole going 60 km/h – it’s like a knife, but we have helmets, fire proof gear, a roll cage, proper shoes and an ambulance is always there just in case.

“Drag racing requires a lot of focus because one small error could result in something big but it’s a great sport.

“I have made a lot of friends, even before I started racing.”

Jay will head to the Queensland drag racing Jamboree in the next few weeks.

“There will be about 300 cars competing – people are coming from overseas to compete as well,” he said.

“I’m not going up there with a goal time in mind – I just want to go out there and have fun.”

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