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Jack Shanahan is a pro drifter at 15 years oldIf you're a driven individual with a family supporting you all the way, there's little that isn't possible. Jack Shanahan focused on drifting and that's exactly where he's excelled. At just 15 years of age he is world class -- and if you think that's...
[MUSIC] [FOREIGN] [MUSIC] You understand actually love driving cars [UNKNOWN] ignore the clutch kicks. Having to actually to drive the car to its limits. To actually get around the track. I think it's definitely a way any driver should learn If you want to do some bit of fun, it's definitely the way to go, just a standard car. It's absolute [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] It's weird being at school because my friends, no one's really interested in cars. It's not like playing a sport, it's not like being famous or playing a sport. You're doing motor sports. It's something that you don't be accomplished for. Like if you're famous for being a soccer player, you're known all over the world, no matter how good or bad you are, you're on a team it doesn't matter. You're trying your best to be known everywhere and trying your best for people to understand what drifting is [MUSIC] The last year [INAUDIBLE]. I think he finished 5th in the European Championship, which we couldn't believe. Like, you know? I was just over the moon. Jack Shanahan grew overnight, like even for us. Everything just went so quick. Like, his whole name just went. [MUSIC] Through the roof. And even for us to adapt to that was, you know, unbelievable. [MUSIC] We did about 5,000 kilometres. It was a round trip drive. But we went back, and got a podium. He was [INAUDIBLE] and I was just so happy. It was just, [INAUDIBLE] watching him race. And I was so happy. [MUSIC] Likes to say that he's a pro drifter, and that my brother is [INAUDIBLE]. People think we're crazy. All I wanted was live, take the boys racing and have some fun every weekend. [MUSIC] It's tough when it's only me and Dad. Other people are like, oh, but you have this and you have that. And they don't understand that [UNKNOWN] before when we're stuck in the garage nearly every night just working on the car. Me and Dad don't just arrive onto a track and just sit here and drive on. Then we just hop over and just walk away. It's never been that way with me, and I don't want it to be that way because If you don't know your car, you don't know nothing. That's the way I look at it. All the money that I've earned since I was like eight or nine, it's all spent on drift cars. I bought my first Tora bull I bought my first shop with this. You know, I can't get a job Can't earn money in the way that a normal person does. I always worked for dad. I'd come off the school bus at the shop and I stay there Monday through Friday, four to six shift, so I can be helpful towards him. Come to the garage when I really want to be like it's Saturday. I work all day Saturday. Just trying to normally keep, just making sure that he see's that I have respect for him and that [INAUDIBLE] not taking anything for granted. People think that he's a spoiled 15 year old child that gets everything in front of him. There's a policy in the house with is mother and myself, no work, no wrestling. [MUSIC] Conner is my 11 year old brother who's after starting drifting just last two or three weeks. So it was kinda always in the nature for him to get into drifting and all that. But when it came to it, I didn't think he would take to it as fast as he did. [MUSIC] I always said when Jack was small that he had serious car control. And I always knew that [UNKNOWN] would be difficult for him. Looking at Connor I would have thought that Connor was an oval racer like he races in the track in [UNKNOWN] green and he's been really quick and I always though that would be his niche but looking at him now I think it's probably, he's probably going to go drifting as well. It was the first time I see him driving in a couple of weeks. I couldn't believe he pulled it together so quick. He's gone mad. No fear of anybody or anything really. I wanna be just there for [INAUDIBLE] Hopefully I can keep going now. [MUSIC] [NOISE] The car was absolutely flying. We had great fun. Then I was coming down about 100 miles an hour and I slicked in underneath the bridge. When I kicked the clutch, the gearbox fell off, the whole gearbox fell down on the floor, so I just to spun around and then the concrete [INAUDIBLE] halfway down the track. [NOISE] [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC] I see my dad as one of the best drivers I've ever seen. When he was 16, he stole his dad's racecar And got [UNKNOWN]. And I won a trophy. I told him after what I was doing and he said I was crazy. He definitely broke the mold after making everything go against you when the chips are low he will. He will pull something out of somewhere to get back to way the effort he presents is. He just won the million really as well. I think he's definitely the biggest influence on my driving cuz without him I'd know nothing, you know? Not even the carriage rock county cars. He's always there. We build a car together, we walk together and I'd give him My two hands if could just get [UNKNOWN] there. [MUSIC] He brought it home and put on the lift. We took the gear off, fixed all the engine mounts and everything. Got the engine in place, and we just kinda tidied everything up and put it all back together. We had to stay up late most of the night to try and get the car going. I went to bed at four and dad went to bed at 6 o'clock or something, so it was a really long night trying to get the car going, but we got it going and we got the pulley shaft made the next morning and we were able to go to [UNKNOWN] connections because we'd practiced there but [CAR NOISES] It would be great if they told [UNKNOWN] Or there's something that you love more than anything in the world, I suppose. Anything you do is about having fun, right? You can have the competitive side of it, but if you're not enjoying something, it's not worth doing. So that if the event's going a competitive level, that you still enjoy what you're doing. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] The most important thing for my cousins John, and Jeff and Conor is that, Number one, I suppose that we're happy. And it's a real family time for us to head away at the weekend. Obviously, they're going to get big, but I hope that we'll always be able to do that for as long as we can possibly do that.