8 November 2021 | General

Kyle Gurton’s rapid rise from karts to National Trans Am

National Trans Am Series rookie Kyle Gurton has burst onto the scene as a leading contender in this year’s title and this was acknowledged by Auto Action as he was featured as the latest subject of its Young Gun features.

Gurton is only in his fourth year of racing, but achieved his first podium at Phillip Island ahead of the likes of Tim Brook, Owen Kelly, Brett Holdsworth and Dylan Thomas.

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Driving the Morris Finance Garage1 Racing Ford Mustang, Gurton was hooked by the experience behind the wheel immediately.

“Trans Am was the first V8 car I had driven, and I just fell in love with the sound and the power straight away,” Gurton recalled.

“The experience of driving a Trans Am car is second to none.

“Everything about it, the noise, the power, the simplicity of the car. It’s all just been everything I love.”

A disappointing round at Bathurst where he failed to finish both races took him out of title contention, but is eager to impress when racing returns at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“We had a pretty rocky start to the year, working out the car and ironing out all the little issues,” Gurton said.

“I’ve tried to not be too hard on myself, given that I’ve got bugger all experience compared to all the other young guns I’m racing against.

“I’ve only been racing for four years, and they’ve been racing in karts since they were seven years old, so I’m a bit harsh on myself but I should give myself more credit.

We are just trying to finish as high as possible and go all out for these last couple of races to finish off the year.

“We’ll try to get some of those Superlicence points that have been issued to Trans Am.”

Gurton confirmed he aims to be part of the series next year when he is expected to be a title contender.

“Assuming that we get a normal year, hopefully it’s going to be Trans Am next year,” Gurton said.

“Bits and bobs on the side, but mainly National Series Trans Am.”

National Trans Am returns at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 19-21.

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