YOUNG GUNS: Proston Car Rally juniors Jayme Davies Taylor, Ashley Greentree, Billey Davies Taylor, Colby Stirling, Mia and Emma Beer, Rachel Hurford, Nick Reid, Shanayde Power, Melissa Mayne and Jorja Robertson at the Proston Car Rally on August 3.
YOUNG GUNS: Proston Car Rally juniors Jayme Davies Taylor, Ashley Greentree, Billey Davies Taylor, Colby Stirling, Mia and Emma Beer, Rachel Hurford, Nick Reid, Shanayde Power, Melissa Mayne and Jorja Robertson at the Proston Car Rally on August 3. Jessica McGrath

GALLERY: Young guns show off their skills at Khanacross

MOTOR SPORTS: Khanacross is the perfect training ground for budding motorsports fans and learning how to drive, according to Proston Car Rally Club president Barry James Taylor.

"Our aim is to introduce children to motorsports and, with Khanacross a non-speed event, it is more appealing to parents,” he said.

Taylor said nearly 50 cars competed in the Khanacross program and 10 competed in the burnout competition from August 3-4.

Red dust rose as the Young Gun drivers, ranging from 12-year-olds to 18-year-olds, showed their skills around the Khanacross track.

Junior racer Janayde Power said she enjoyed the sport.

"I just like racing, that you can take a lot of emotion out that builds up,” she said.

Mia Beer, 12, took to the track for the first time over the weekend.

"It's fun, it's great to be out here driving and racing,” she said.

"Trying to beat your older sister, that's the main part.”

Many families compete in the competition together, with brothers Jayme and Billey Davies Taylor the only juniors who featured in the burnouts on Saturday night.

"I love the thrill of it,” Billey said.

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Driver Kirsty Wedding, 37, has been competing in the Khanacross since she was 15 and now focuses on technique and control, rather than speed.

"It's great to be doing something different,” she said.

"You learn good driving skills by the time you are on the road and build up an automatic response by learning those instincts.”

Wedding shares the Khanacross experience with her father Chris who taught her the way around the track.

"It's been a big part of our relationship, of which I'm grateful, and I'll still go for rides with Dad,” she said.

Wedding was named the 1998 driver of the year when she was still a junior and shared some tips for the Young Guns.

"Listen to the person teaching you and take it on board as you learn from those around you with more experience,” she said.

"You don't always need to go flat out, be aware of your limits and you'll finish well.”

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