Costa Toparis is off to the world karting championships and credits his success to his family, his mechanic and his supportive teachers at Goulburn West Public School.
Costa recently took out the Australian under 13 Karting Championship and will now compete in Brazil in the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals from 24 November to December 1.
Costa, who is just 11 and competing against racers up to two years older, said taking out the Australian title was a great feeling.
“It was huge. It was just the best feeling you could imagine,” he said.
“We have really worked hard, racing and practising every weekend and making the best of every opportunity.”
Year 5 student Costa credited his school for its support while he pursues his racing dream.
“I try to miss as little of school as I can, and the school has been really accepting of the time I have to take off to race,” he said.
“I love the work and I love talking to and being with my friends. My teacher has been really helpful in making sure I keep up with the work.”
Principal Annette Broadbent said Costa was an outstanding student, and a humble boy with a great future.
“Costa is in the school’s Opportunity Class and is an excellent student,” she said.
“He is the Regional Public Speaking Champion and is involved in a lot of school activities.
“Costa’s family is very committed to his schooling as well as his racing career. They appreciate that school comes first.
“The school has worked with Costa and his family due to the time Costa needs off school to travel around the country to compete in karting.
“His class teacher sets him work and we have granted him partial exemption with the proviso that his work is completed and his grades remain consistent, which he has been able to do.
“We’re delighted to be able to support him at school and in his racing endeavours.”
Costa said his speech for the Public Speaking Competition about ‘My Future’ was, of course, about racing cars.
“One day I hope to be able to be a Formula One driver,” he said.