KEL Treseder loves racing so much that he's been known to sleep with his tyres.
One of the top go-karters in the country, he concedes he will do anything to fuel his passion.
"I always loved motor sport so much so that I even slept with my first set of tyres," Kel, who started his career in Gladstone 23 years ago, says.
"If we're not racing, we are testing at either the local Bundaberg track or at Willowbank in Ipswich.
"Many nights are spent in the shed at home prepping the kart.
"I also run daily and do weights training 3-4 times per week to maintain fitness as my class is an extremely physical sport and requires both cardiovascular and muscular endurance."
Kel is surrounded by revheads - his parents, two brothers and sister race and one of his best mates - V8 driver Scott McLaughlin - is his mechanic.
The Orora Fibre Packaging regional manager says there is more to racing than meets the eye.
"The adrenaline and rush from racing competitively is obviously one thing but, for me, it's much about the karting community which is a real family," Kel says.
"I love the social side to meetings and most of my best mates are from karting.
"I am also very passionate and a real advocate for children getting involved in karting as it is a very character building sport and a great family-oriented activity.
"It also teaches numerous life skills and qualities which are not learnt at school and is a fantastic way of developing confidence, maturity and a 'never give up' attitude."
Like most karters, Kel occasionally dreams of reaching the pinnacle of Australian motor sport - V8 Supercars.
Racing for Melbourne's DPE Kart technology, Kel has the skills to graduate from karts to V8s just as Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup did.
His trophy cabinet boasts four national titles, 23 state titles and two Dunlop Driver's Driver (peer-nominated) awards.
With 23 years of racing under his belt, Kel knows it will take serious corporate backing to see him hurtling around some of Australia's toughest V8 circuits such as this weekend's Gold Coast 600.
"Without sponsorship unfortunately this may not be my reality but, regardless, I am lucky to be able to continue to race karts at a competitive level and I am loving every moment of it," he says.
"If I am able to make something more of it, then this would be a dream, but either way, I am grateful for the many opportunities and great memories which my karting career has brought and continues to bring." - APN NEWSDESK
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