10yo speed demon
Thursday, 5th May, 2011
By John Casey
Broken Hill-born 10-year-old Jaidyn Ruhs is a young speedway driver destined for life in the fast-lane.
The talented youngster, who could drive a car before he turned five, is already hitting top speeds of around 85 kilometres per-hour as he burns up tracks around Australia.
Jaidyn stunned his older competitors by claiming a clean-sweep of the four-race junior events at a recent meeting in Broken Hill and returns to the city this weekend looking to add to his success.
"It won't be easy because there will be a lot of fast competitors this time around but I'm looking forward to the event," Jaidyn said from his home in Wentworth.
"I didn't expect to win all four races last time because some of the other drivers were three years older than me.
"But I like the track and I think I've improved since my last trip there so I'm looking forward to racing," the youngster added.
Since first slipping behind the wheel of his 1975 Datsun Sunny in December, the schoolboy racer has competed at tracks in three different states and has greeted the chequered flag at Bordertown in South Australia as well as Broken Hill.
Proud father Dave Ruhs says Jaidyn's main priority in 2011 are the Northern Territory Championships, followed by the Australian titles at Alice Springs.
"I really think Jaidyn is a rare talent, especially for his age," Dave Ruhs said.
"What sets him apart from other young drivers is his consistency. He is able to go lap after lap running on the same track line which a lot of kids find difficult to do.
"He is a real thinker behind the wheel and applies what he is taught very well," he continued.
Jaidyn competes in speedway's Junior Sedans class which is open to those 17 and under and the fact he has been so competitive with older drivers shows what a bright future he has.
"Former Australian speedway champion Paul Sheehan has been mentoring Jaidyn and has been very impressed with his progress," Dave Ruhs said.
"Jaidyn already has plenty of tongues wagging in South Australia.
"He's getting loads of respect from other racers because he doesn't try and drive beyond his capabilities," he added.
Still some four months shy of his 11th birthday, Jaidyn says the most important part is to have fun.
"I still get a bit nervous but as soon as I am out on the track it is a lot of fun ... I don't get scared much at all," he said.
"It's just a hobby at the moment, but it would be good to one day be racing a V8 Supercar or something like that.
"I play tennis as well, but speedway is definitely my number one sport," he added.
The juniors will be just part of a feature-packed final meeting of the season for the BH Speedway Club on Saturday night.
Sprintcars and Street stocks will also battle it out for the chequered flag and fans can enjoy full canteen and bar facilities at the meeting which gets underway at dusk.