Two teens have done amazing things on the racetrack this season.
Natasha Priebe, a 14 year old Sardis secondary student from Chilliwack, finished 2019 with several titles.
A member of the Langley Quarter Midget Association, she tore up a track in Aldergrove in a quarter midget car – a scaled down version of a sprint car with four-wheel suspension that can hit speeds near 72 kilometres per hour.
Priebe captured her first LQMA title in the ‘Senior Animal’ class, running a Briggs and Stratton Animal motor. Senior animal class is for drivers ages 9-17, where driver and car must weigh a minimum of 290 pounds combined.
Priebe claimed a second LQMA championship in the ‘Senior Honda’ class, running with a Honda GX120 engine.
She also won the Northern Shootout, an annual race hosted by the LQMA that includes visiting drivers from the United States.
Priebe finished second in the LQMA ‘Light 160’ class, running a Honda GX160 engine, and was named LQMA Senior Driver of the Year.
“Natasha dominates with a smooth and controlled style,” said Paul Tourond, a race car designer and driver who has watched her in action several times. “She is a proven superstar driver with unlimited potential.”
Tyler Rowse, a 13 year old Mt. Slesse middle school student, placed third in the ‘Light 160’ class and seventh in the ‘Senior Honda’ class.
When he wasn’t racing, Rowse spent tons of time in the pits, handing tools and tires to handlers when cars came in for repairs.
He helped Priebe get her car back on the track several times this season.
For more info on the LQMA, see lqma.ca.