Tamworth teens hot to trot

SAM Ison and Scotty-Jon Welsh are two young drivers with high pacing hopes.

Talented young drivers Sam Ison (left) and Scotty-Jon Welsh are seeking more driving opportunities at the Tamworth Paceway. Photo:  Barry Smith  220514BSD03

Talented young drivers Sam Ison (left) and Scotty-Jon Welsh are seeking more driving opportunities at the Tamworth Paceway. Photo: Barry Smith 220514BSD03

Last Thursday they had three drives apiece at Tamworth Paceway as they continue their pacing education.

Welsh  is still at school, a 16-year-old Year 11 student at Tamworth High.

“I’ve had 23 drives so far,” he said after the  first race on Thursday.

He’s had two wins so far and hopes for more.

“My first winner was at Narrabri,” he said. “Brotherbillshannon for Jeff Enks.”

Ison, 19, is a “shed rat” at Hazell’s in Tamworth.

He’s been driving for a couple of years.

“I’ve had two winners,” he said.

“I don’t get many drives though. I  basically drive our own.”

He had three drives  on Thursday, one of them for his brother, Ben Ison.

“I enjoy it,” he admits.

Both his brothers, Ben, 17, and 15-year-old Tom are keen as he is to train and drive pacers.

The Tamworth Harness Racing Club races again Thursday, June 5, nominations for which close at 10am  tomorrow.

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