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“Let’s say you need to find $50,000-plus to buy a car
and they are not that expensive,” says Dane.
“You’ve just got to make sure it’s maintained beauti-
fully and you have to be prepared to do some of that
yourself and learn about it. If you’re learning about it
yourself like that, you have a greater appreciation of
what makes a car work and looking after it and the
mechanical side of it. I’ve never seen a driver suffer from
having a good mechanical understanding of the car.
“The car doesn’t know how old you are, so whether
you are 15, 20 or 30 it is the same. And that means there
is always opportunity, but you’re going to have to work
hard at creating those opportunities.
“You have to nurture every relationship that gets put
in front of you and seek the other ones that are not in
front of you, where you live, the people who you interact
with as a family or the people that might give you a bit
“It can be as simple as someone to look after your For-
mula Ford or somebody to buy it for you, somebody to
buy the tyres for you, etc. And don’t be scared of hard
work. Don’t expect everyone else to help you do what
you want to do.
“If you’re not prepared to spend every moment you’re
not at school dedicated to racing, then why should
Lotem is in Year 8 and he doesn’t do anything outside
of school but karting. At home he and his father work
on the kart, getting it ready for the next race or practice
day, working on the setup, learning and investigating.
Then they get onto the track.
“I try to get the best mechanical understanding of it,”
he says. “I read articles to learn how the kart works, how
the centre of gravity works.”
“You’re never wasting time reading about what’s
going on around the world in something like karting
because there’s plenty of it out there,” Roland interjects.
“There’s plenty of information and you can learn a
lot and help your understanding of making it work...
appreciating the difference in temperatures, the differ-
ence in correct levels on a particular day. It can make the
difference between being first or 10th.”
The key today for Lotem and his family, which only
came to Australia in 2012, is that there is now a defined
career path, one where you can earn a living as a driver
at many levels of the sport.
“Lotem and I feel this is such a young industry in Aus-
tralia, particularly karts” Yariv adds.
“Formula Ford through to V8s is a growing sport, the
people we are talking to for sponsorship feel like it is
growing. Everyone believes Australia will become more
important in motorsport in the world. So for Lotem, this
a good career option.”
Up and down the ladder, the classes are getting
stronger and more competitive. So not only does a
young driver like Lotem have the chance to earn a living,
he will also get the chance to race in competitive classes
in the country his family has chosen as its home. And
that is critically important.
Today, Australia is a career option for drivers and
Lotem’s journey is just beginning.
James Courtney created JC Karts to
give something back.
“It’s where I started and it was
so good to me,” says Courtney on
“I wake up every morning and
can’t believe that I get paid to do
something that I love.
“Throughout my career I had
so many people believe in me and
put money into me, and I’m a big
believer in paying it forward. So a lot
of the motivation of doing it is to try
and help some kids and really show
what it’s all about.
“I didn’t want to do it and just slap
my name on it and not be involved.
It’s about trying to give something
back to the community. I don’t want
to be one of those blokes that rolls
through and leases the place and
then gets out of there. JC Karts has
been awesome so far.”
A two-times CIK-FIA world kart-
ing champion (pictured), Courtney
knows that this is where it all starts.
Courtney had a hand in the design
of the karts and has them built in
Italy, offering a range of karts from
cadet to the CIK-FIA classes.
The karts are all self-branded
and distributed around Australia.
Some are just sold but it is not just a
set and forget. Even though he has
sold about 275 karts, he tries to get
involved where he can.
“I’m trying to help with how they
go about it, it is not just the racing
but things like how they go about
sponsorship and all that sort of
stuff,” he says.
“I remember when I was little
bloke and Mark Skaife came to
the track and I thought Jesus had
“It’s so easy to put a huge smile
on their faces. It’s been a feel good
sort of thing for me, it’s not a money
spinner at all.
“It will certainly be good for me
when the Supercars thing finishes.
Karting set me up for life. Not
only the racing side of things but
you learn to manage your life as
well. When I was 14 I was doing
it all by myself and if I didn’t I
wouldn’t be here.”
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