Carroll on the fast track to AIS

BUSHFIELD sprintcar rookie Will Carroll says he wants to make the most of a trip to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Carroll will head to the Canberra-based institute for a three-day camp in late March after winning selection in a Speedway Australia rising stars program.

The 18-year-old will learn about off-track professionalism, such as nutrition and dealing with media, as part of the camp.

The program aims to provide support as drivers embark on their oval-track racing adventures throughout the year.

Carroll applied to be a Speedway Australia rising star in November after a stellar 2011-12 season driving a formula 500 car.

He won the Victorian Stampede Series, contested more than eight meetings at Victorian tracks and officials later crowned him driver of the year and most improved driver.

Carroll said he applied for the program so he could “learn more about what it takes to be the best”.

Confirmation he was one of eight drivers in the program arrived last week.

“I’m pretty happy with it. It should be really good. I didn’t see that coming 12 months ago,” he said.

Rising stars program co-ordinator Shane Collins said Carroll’s application “was a standout”.

“Not only does he have a great passion for what is required on the track to be successful, it’s easy to see he knows what is required off the track as well,” he said.

“We really look forward to working with Will and fast-tracking him to realise his dreams in motorsport.”

Carroll is enduring an eye-opening debut in sprintcars driving his Maxim chassis V29 machine.

He has adjusted to life racing against some of the best drivers in Australia and the world but has endured his fair share of bad luck along the way.

Carroll struggled in his first Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic last weekend as Warrnambool drivers Darren Mollenoyux and Jamie Veal secured spots in the A main.

He watched Veal finish a memorable fifth while cursing engine problems and a frustrating qualifying draw. “We were last out for qualifying. We were pretty much done after that because the track had gone away,” Carroll said.

“We had engine dramas in the first heat. 

“We missed out on (the E main).

“We had a good night Wednesday at Avalon. We made the top 30 cut and ran about mid-pack in the B.

“Mount Gambier we were second-last for qualifying, so that put us out as well. We were just unlucky with both draws.”

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