IMMANUEL Lutheran School Gawler student Porsha Graham finished in the top 20 in Australia at the recent Australian Dirt Kart Championships in Kadina.
The 12-year-old raced people from all around the country, but was one of only three girls in the final race, where she finished 17th.
The year six student got involved in the sport two years ago, after watching her brothers compete.
“I got sick of the boys having all the fun, so I thought ‘stuff this, I’ll have a crack’,” she said.
“When my pop first started racing, he raced at Bathurst, then my mum got into it through pop as well.
“Once my pop passed away in 2014, we thought that we’d try to keep the dream, and pop, alive, and remember him through racing.
“I had a go, I was in the rookies (class) last year, then moved up to the junior heavy (class) and now I race with Australia One.”
Porsha also competed at the South Australian Go Kart Championships in Lucindale, but didn’t qualify for the main race.
However, on the national stage, Porsha qualified for the final race.
“I got into the finals, with a starting position of 17 in Australia, and finished there as well,” she said.
Porsha said she learned plenty from her peers at the championships.
“It was fun and it was a nice feeling to know that I’ve got 17th out of the whole country,” she said.
“The majority of people racing are boys, and I felt that it was really cool to be one of three girls in Australia racing.
“I’ve made a lot of new friends, and learned a few things.”