RYAN Burns might be a quietly spoken 10-year-old but his ambitions on the speedway track are boisterous.

A third generation racer and grandson and nephew of two of the biggest, most consistent and respected identities in Mildura speedway, Peter ‘Spider’ and Wade McCarthy, Ryan didn’t hesitate when asked what his goal on the race track was.

“To be better than them,” he smirked, indicating to Peter and Wade standing behind him.

It’s not going to be an easy feat, as Peter and Wade, who share the drivers’ seat in the Number Six Modified Sedan, have quite an impressive history between them.

Peter has won numerous South Australian and Victorian Titles and Wade has had plenty of podium finishes in the big races, more recently being a force to be reckoned with in the Victorian Modified Sedan Association Series.

Peter has raced for 56 years, Wade 24.

Ryan’s dad, Chris, and mum, Kelly, found his junior sedan in Queensland, and ever since it arrived in Mildura, the youngster has been busy getting it race ready.

Kelly said he’s spent hours in the shed tinkering away.

She said Ryan was always destined to be involved in speedway, having attended his first race at just a week old.

Ryan took to the track a fortnight ago in his first practice and after his initial outing happily reported to his mum upon returning to the pits that it was the best fun he has had.

His enthusiasm and passion for speedway, combined with a few tips of the trade from his Pop and Uncle, is likely to set him up for a long and successful time on track.

From his first practice to his most recent, he’s knocked 10 seconds off his lap time, improving as he becomes more comfortable, and processes the family secrets.

“Pop says always stay at medium line,” Ryan shared.

Ryan’s still got a few years left racing juniors yet, but when he does transition out of the category, he’s not sure what class he will pursue.

Peter’s raced sprintcars and super sedans before turning to modifieds, while Wade has raced juniors, mini sprints and now shares his Dad’s Modified Sedan duties, so really he could choose any class.

Whatever Ryan picks, he’ll be one to watch − after all, racing is in his blood.


ABOVE: Peter “Spider” McCarthy with son Wade McCarthy and grandson Ryan Burns (front) – three generations of racers who will be on track at Timmis Speedway this season.