$150k on the line for driver
MOTOR SPORT: Nanango driver Christian Patterson will be competing in the race of his life when he lines up for the Aussie Driver Search final, and there's $150,000 on the line.
The expense of car racing is holding Patterson back from competing in the sport he loves.
Patterson saw an advertisement on TV for the annual nation-wide driver search and he has embraced the opportunity to fund his future in the sport.
"I have loved it since I was a kid and over the past five years the opportunities have narrowed up but recently I have had more opportunities,” he said.
"I used to do karting club days and I ended up entering with Australian Driver Search to have a real shot.”
Patterson is competing in the competition as a semi pro and has been told he has all the ingredients for success by Australia's elite drivers.
Two-time Bathurst winner John Bowe is one of six judges who sit in the passenger seat during the competition.
The drivers are there to rate the competitor's car behaviour, speed through pit lane and to see how far they can push the limits of the vehicle.
Through the search, Patterson has got behind the wheel of a V8 ute, Toyota 86 and BMW production car with each presenting its own challenge.
"All three cars react differently, put you outside your comfort zone and they get to see how you react and see what you can bring out of the car,” he said.
Patterson has taken a different role in recent years as a team strategist and the knowledge is now paying off for him as a driver.
The final will be raced over two days at the Wakefield Park Raceway from December 11-12.
"I didn't think I would make it this far and I am not expecting anything from here but I am looking forward to it,” he said.
The community has rallied around Patterson throughout the experience.
"All my family and friends are really happy and they had that faith in me and it gives me the confidence on the track,” Patterson said.