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Brayden Mifsud on the Rise
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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Source: Toby Cooper
Photographer: Alan McIntosh

As the off road racing season draws to a close, Rightfoot Racing’s 16 year old driver Brayden Mifsud #6626 has taken the North Queensland series by storm, rising to each challenge and rivalling the state’s most seasoned competitors. In his first full season Mifsud, campaigning a 2014 Polaris RZR 1000 Non Turbo in the North Queensland Super Series and CAMS Queensland Off Road Championships also tried his hand at Stadium events, an enduro and a round of the Australian SXS Championships.

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Making his racing debut locally in September 2016 at a Gladstone stadium event, it was clear from the outset Mifsud meant business as he shone the brightest amongst the juniors by banking his first victory. This accumulated into another junior victory at the annual Bikes, Bulls, Buggy’s & Bands in Central Queensland three weeks later. Unfortunately, momentum stopped momentarily for the team as mechanical dramas ended their off road racing debut at Charters Towers in October. Not to be disappointed it was his bounce back at Stanthorpe in November that had all eyes on the then talented 15 year old as he completed the dusty, challenging Kalbarrie 202 in second outright. Demonstrating confidence and maturity beyond his years, Mifsud crossed to the respect of many, as his eyes were set firmly on a 2017 championship assault.

Though still relatively new to the off road racing scene, Mifsud, Sister Lauren as navigator and the Rightfoot Racing crew were eager to use 2017 as a stepping block to future success. With a goal to ‘be fast but finish’, Mifsud and his supportive team set off for Gympie in April, where he kicked off a season which may well be long remembered as one that launched a superstar. From a field of 36, Mifsud quickly adapted to a different landscape clocking in consistent, clean lap times over the 8km circuit bringing home the #6626 first in the UTV class and a super impressive fourth outright, his season was well underway.

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With the nerve settler out of the way, all wheels were in motion for the long course event at Burdekin, the first Round of the North Queensland Off Road Super Series after an earlier wash out. In a hotly contested field of 25, Mifsud jumped nicely slotting into tenth position after prologue. Burdekin presented trying conditions for all competitors as the brutal race track played its part on many, including young Mifsud, who suffered a blown belt and a broken axle late Saturday. Mifsud remained in high spirits, which in itself is a great attribute for any up and comer, to take the good with the bad and crossed in eighth outright, enough to secure another Superlite non turbo class victory.

In between North Queensland rounds, the team entered round 1 of the Gladstone Stadium short course in search of additional seat time where Mifsud claimed a first in class for his junior division before proving too strong in claiming outright victory at the Carnage Park 3 hour Off Road Enduro in Mackay; a major highlight for 2017. Continuing the impressive streak of results, Mifsud clocked in a third consecutive Superlite class victory and third outright at the Markwell Demolition Challenge round of the North Queensland Super Series. As Mifsud recorded another class win at the Gladstone Stadium event after a trouble free run in early July, all eyes were set forward to Rightfoot Racing’s debut in the Australian SXS Championship the following weekend at Queensland Moto Park.

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It turned out to be an experience to savour for the young 16 year old from central Queensland, who was out to make a name for himself against the finest UTV peddlers in the country, and unsurprisingly he did not disappoint. Carrying with him into the event an array of top results, Mifsud certainly enjoyed the frantic pace of the heats, first corner chaos and launching high into the sky off the table tops like a 20 year veteran, as he held off championship regulars to claim two dramatic race wins and two respectable fourth finishes from his six runs – a remarkable effort.

After such a positive weekend at the SXS, the Retreat 300 which fell as the third round of the North Queensland Super Series was all about consolidating his championship position. Although a clutch failure during the prologue all but ended their hopes of an outright title or class win as the crew were unable to source parts to continue in the race. Round 4 saw the team travel to Charters Towers in early September for the Gold City 140 where Mifsud returned to the finisher’s circle, recording a second in class and ninth outright on a fast track which didn’t suit the strengths of the UTVs.

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As the season neared its climax, Mifsud returned to Gympie for the Federal short course event, round 4 of the Queensland Off Road Drivers Series and subsequent to showing some early race speed, it was only a matter of time and Mifsud found himself in a battle for the outright lead. Late on Sunday, sitting comfortably in second outright amidst the trying dusty conditions, disaster struck when a steering bolt snapped off on the last corner causing a soft rollover just 80 metres from the finish line. The unfortunate DNF relegated them to second place in the SuperLite non turbo class; a disappointing result after posting the second fastest lap of the weekend, which had them gunning for a podium finish.

One of the team’s favourite events was up next, the CQBBBB and as consistent as he had been throughout 2017, Mifsud was eager for another podium finish. Mifsud stormed through the field, pulling through the close wheel to wheel action to take home the silverware in the non turbo SuperLite class against the likes of Dan MacKenzie and Dave Muir in a scintillating performance which was underlined by a third outright finish.

After the announcement that the North Queensland Super Series finale had been cancelled, Mifsud and his Rightfoot Racing crew were aiming to finish their breakthrough season on a high at the final round of the Gladstone Stadium Short course series though it wasn’t to be, a cam chain adjustor failure ending their race and a remarkable 2017 in the process.

There is no doubt that a year of solid results in multiple disciplines which saw Mifsud place fourth outright and second in the SuperLite class for the North Queensland Super Series, a class win and 10th outright in the Queensland Off Road Short Course Series plus a first in class for the Queensland Off Road Drivers Series made many onlookers shake their heads in disbelief at his raw talent behind the wheel.

Of course Mifsud cannot go racing without his number and supporters, “I would like to thank my Dad and Mum, for always being there, taking me to all my events throughout Queensland and for keeping the buggy prepped every race”.

What’s next for the talented Mifsud? Currently the Polaris is undergoing a full motor and transmission rebuild for the 2018 season, where a schedule is yet to be set in stone. After a massive 2017 Rightfoot Racing are looking at numerous options moving forward, and are currently on the search for sponsorship opportunities, so if you would like to become involved do not hesitate to contact Michael Mifsud team owner for further enquiries – this is a young race team going places! One race Mifsud and crew will be entertaining though in 2018 is the elusive Finke Desert Race on the June Long Weekend where he will look to place his name on the list of 16 year olds to have competed the great race.