A local junior speedway star has been selected to participate in an exclusive development trip designed to give dedicated racers a taste of racing at an international level. Manjimup’s Colby Bosley will join five other juniors in New Zealand for the Australasian Challenge in March 2024 where they will get the opportunity to race a completely new type of car on foreign soil while building camaraderie with their peers. Colby said he was very grateful to be chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I feel very grateful to be chosen as there are many other worthy juniors to choose from,” he said. “I’m most looking forward to meeting new people and racing a car that is completely different to the Australian Junior Cars that we race and getting to spend three weeks in New Zealand and exploring a new country.” The 15-year-old has been racing for three years, competing in the Top Stars category last year where he will remain for the 2023/24 season. Colby was selected to attend by the Junior Sedan Racing Association WA, which aims at developing juniors from the ages of 10 to 17 to ensure they get the most out of their junior racing careers. “It’s always a hard choice to choose who gets this incredible opportunity,” JSRA New Zealand co-ordinator Louise Munro said. “Decisions are based upon the members’ commitment to the sport, sportsmanship on and off the track, driving ability and who is in their final year of competing in juniors.” Colby aspires to build a strong career in the speedway industry. “My short-term goal is to win a Top Star feature race against a good number of juniors and to make the A Main at the State Title next year in Newman,” he said. “My long-term goal is being able to keep racing in a senior division and to hopefully race against my sister, Teliah, again.” Colby will travel to NZ alongside two other regional racers, Mitch Binning from Bunbury and Syarra Perry from Albany. “I haven’t been to NZ before but I have been to the UK to celebrate my Great Nanna’s 100th birthday. I still have memories from this trip even though I was only five,” he said. “I can’t thank the JSRA committee enough for believing in me and selecting me to be a part of this experience. “I also need to thank my family for giving me this opportunity.” To support Colby and his fellow racers on their international adventure with fuel costs, food and bonding opportunities, donations can be made direct to JSRA by calling Ms Munro on 0449 726 445 or emailing email@example.com.