Profile — Stephen Short

Driver: Stephen Short

About Stephen:

Stephen was raised on a farm in the mid north South Aus­tralia and after learn­ing to drive at a young age he got his first dirtkart at 9 years of age and com­peted in a couple of race meet­ings in the later part of 1989 then in 1990 for his first full season at Morgan Dirtkart Club was his first club cham­pi­onship win. After per­mis­sion from offi­cials to move up to seniors at an earlier age he went on to win club cham­pi­onships 7 out of the next 9 years and a 2nd in the SA state titles and 3rd in the NT titles in 1997. 1999 was his last dirtkart race. He raced on and off from 2000 to 2009 on a dirt­bike com­pet­ing in MX, Enduro, SA Reli­a­bil­ity Trials Cham­pi­onship and Desert races in Finke and Hattah. His best achieve­ment was 42nd out­right, 4th in class on a stock Honda XR 400 at Finke in 2002 then two 3rd places in the SA Reli­a­bil­ity Trails Cham­pi­onship. 2008 and 2009 saw him compete in a 125cc rotax non gearbox superkart at Mallala with a div 2 heavy club cham­pi­onship and driver of the year in 2008 and was rel­e­gated to 3rd in a count back after a three way tie for 1st in div 1 heavy in 2009. At the end of 2009 Stephen and his parents pur­chased a Mazda RX7 IP car from Vic­to­ria and only com­peted in one round of the cham­pi­onship in 2010. After rebuild­ing, replac­ing or mod­i­fy­ing just about every­thing in the car he hope­fully has it ready for the 2011 season.

Car: 1981 Mazda RX7

Details: Class D  12A Tur­bocharged Early Model

About the car: The RX7 runs a 12a turbo charged rotary with a BA XR6 turbo 5speed gearbox, and a Mazda diff housing with a Guru limited slip centre. We have rebuilt, replaced or mod­i­fied just about every­thing in the car through­out 2010 and start of 2011. Paint has been done by Butch Bennett Crash Repairs in the Clare Valley.

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