Ottawa Teen Revving Up to Race on World Stage in Bahrain

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Initially reluctant, Ottawa teenager Olivier Mrak required some persuasion before taking the driver’s seat of a go-kart. However, it was only a short time before the young driver began to enjoy the experience, even displaying some promising aptitude for racing.

Having earned qualification to represent Canada internationally, the Grade 9 Ashbury College student will face first-rate competition in Bahrain. This prestigious go-karting championship in Bahrain will see Mrak lining up alongside hundreds of the highest-ranked young drivers in the world to contest an intensely fought race.

Ottawa Teen Revving Up to Race on World Stage in Bahrain

As quoted in an interview with Ottawa newspaper, teenager Olivier Mrak reflects on overcoming his initial hesitancy towards motorsports. “I just lock in. I focus up, and I do what I have to do to make my coach and my dad happy,” stated Mrak. The Ashbury College student indicated that any persistent doubts he once felt when first getting behind the wheel have entirely subsided.

The background of the youth driver highlighted

The Ashbury College student’s father, Andreas Mrak, holds an ownership stake in the Mark Motors Group car dealership chain – of which the Mark Motors Racing team is an extension. Recalling his son’s first venture in the sport at age eight, Mr Mrak stated that the introduction occurred while spending holidays in Mont-Tremblant. An inexpensive second-hand kart had been sourced online before the boy’s initial experience.

Young Racer Overcomes Early Apprehensions

While initially filled with dread when first introduced to go-karting at age eight, Ottawa youth Olivier Mrak became hooked after a winter of YouTube research eased his worries. “I knew I was gonna survive, and it made it less scary,” commented Mrak.

Mom Maintains Race Day Nerves

However, the teen’s mother, Chantal Mrak, openly admits to nervousness regarding her son’s continued participation in sports. “I worry a lot. I watch all of his races, but I’m not telling a lie; I always bring my rosary,” stated Mrs. Mrak.

Risky Racing With Need for Speed

With Junior Max division karts reaching high velocities of 125 km/h, the dangers faced by young Mrak are evident. Above all, he wears flame-retardant racing suits but lacks any form of seat belt, which sets him apart from competitors.

Global Gathering of Youthful Talent

Yet despite these risks, Mrak’s skill has earned qualification to the Rotax Max Grand Finals, the prize that makes braving the hazards worthwhile. First held in 2000 with dozens of participants, the Championships have rapidly expanded over 23 iterations, attracting almost 400 drivers annually across age categories and representing talent from around the globe.

Ottawa Racer Secures Spot on Prestigious Global Stage

Racers can secure a ticket at the Rotax Finals by placing among the top competitors during the season’s qualifying events. A week-long event features specialized racing classes to ensure equal equipment and a series of practice qualifiers from over 60 countries. Finally, it gives drivers a tight 15-20 minute window to finish as high as possible.

Mrak clinched his chance after finishing impressively within the top 20 drivers at the ROK Superfinal in Lonato, Italy. “Felt great being on the podium. It was so rewarding because I’ve been wanting this for so long,” remarked an elated Mrak on his accomplishment.

Sights Set on Future Generations

Mrak highlighted his ambition: “Go-kart racing is a training ground and springboard for all the world’s top Formula One drivers.”

The teenage racer embraces aspirations of joining his heroes on the F1 circuit one day. Further down the road, a seasoned Mrak plans to one day encourage his children to embrace the sport that runs in the family. “Gonna force them like my dad did,” he lightly quipped, showing the cycle may repeat with a new generation.

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