Fast Macarthur teen set to face world's best

Need for speed: Jonathon Marcusson is ready to take the racing world by storm. He will represent Australia at the World Karting Championships.
Need for speed: Jonathon Marcusson is ready to take the racing world by storm. He will represent Australia at the World Karting Championships.

Jonathon Marcusson has felt the need for speed from a young age.

The 16-year-old has just been named one of Australia's top go kart racers.

He will head to Italy next year to compete against the world's best go karters at the Karting World Championship.

Jonathon said it felt "incredible" to win his way to the international event.

"It's been a hard-fought battle all year," he said.

"It's my first year competing in the DD2 category, so to accumulate enough points to be awarded the ticket to the world finals - it's a ticket money can't buy."

The talented Glenmore racer said he also competed at the Supernationals held in Las Vegas last year.

"I was a junior at that event and was the top-ranking Australian in my class, finishing 13th," Jonathon said.

"I am mostly looking forward to representing my country on the world stage again.

"But I am also looking forward to the opportunity to race the best of the best from all over the world in Italy."

Jonathon progressed from the junior category to seniors this year.

"I won my first ever senior race in Melbourne in January this year," he said.

"I then backed it up with another win at Eastern Creek at the second round which also awarded me the NSW state title.

"I have also managed a second and a third place at other rounds which gave me enough points to get the ticket to compete in Italy."

Jonathon has been racing go karts for the past five years.

He was just 11 years old when he first sat down behind the wheel.

The Oran Park Anglican College student trains regularly at the Eastern Creek go kart track.

"I love the competitiveness of racing, the opportunity to drive a kart at top speed around technical race tracks across Australia, racing the country's best," Jonathon said.

"I usually prepare for each event at the track where it will be held, which means lots of interstate travel.

"I also frequent Eastern Creek kart track and attend some of their local events."

Jonathon has big dreams of leaving his mark on the Australian motorsport industry.

"Racing cars of any sort is my dream," he said.

"I hope to be able to make my mark on this sport professionally."

Jonathon said he would highly recommend go karting to other children or teens looking for a new, fast-paced sport to try.

"Karting is an awesome sport and the friendships I have made along the way are life long."