THREE siblings are showing family rivalry can lead to excellence on the track.
Brother and sister Max and Laura Fahey recorded top-three finishes in their classes at the South West Kart Club's club day this past weekend.
To top it off, older sister Andrea saluted in all three 4SS light heats and won her final.
It's a passion which was born on the family's Terang property.
The trio started dirt karting on a makeshift track before Andrea, now 25, stepped into bitumen karting.
It was good to have a bit of a break as well but in quarantine we've been getting back into the dirt karts.- Max Fahey
Her younger siblings followed and they haven't looked back.
Laura, 14, told The Standard she'd improved dramatically since first taking up the sport.
Whether it's coincidence or divine intervention - Laura tracks her rise in form to one moment.
"Around mid last year, I was going pretty slow. I think I was nearly last in everything," she said.
"But one day I was at a friend's house and I cut my finger and fainted. I ended up hitting my head on a slate floor.
"Since then, I've been just about top five every time I've raced." Max, 16, said the sibling rivalry was enjoyable.
"I used to race my younger sister but now I'm racing my older sister," he said.
"I can be the rough nut of the family a bit on the track."
Joining a team - Central Victoria Karts and Parts - has helped elevate the sibling's race game even further.
Max told The Standard owner Beau Humphrey, who has allowed all three siblings to join his team, was a strong mentor.
The connection is the result of what at first seemed to be a tough break.
"We were racing at states and when we crossed the finish line, they tagged my rear right wheel," Max said.
"I spun out and ended up in a drain. After the race I went over to them to buy some bits and bobs and they asked me to join the team.
"He's been a good mentor."
Max thanked the family's sponsors for their role in the siblings' rise.
Laura runs up to six kilometres a day to maintain fitness for karting while Max juggles outdoor work with school.
They're glad to see karting back on the south-west sporting landscape.
"It was good to get back in the kart (this past weekend). It was good to have a bit of a break as well but in quarantine we've been getting back into the dirt karts a bit," Max said. "I wanted to keep the eye in." Andrea, who now lives in Ararat, said she was focusing more on racing in western Victoria after a stint competing at Puckapunyal.
She was relishing the chance to race with her younger siblings. "It'll be on when Laura moves up to seniors," she laughed.
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