COOMA racing star Chris Anthony is living life in the fast lane. In his debut season in the Australian Formula 3 Championship, the 18-year-old currently sits third in the overall Champion standings and recently joined the best young drivers from across the globe for an elite driving program.
Chris took part in the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) training academy which saw the most promising drivers in Australia and Europe converge on Melbourne for a week of intense physical and mental conditioning.
Fresh off finishing fourth in the fifth round of the Championship at Queensland Raceway and third in Darwin, Chris spent the week at the CAMS academy under the tutelage of some of motorsport's most respected professionals.
Chris said the academy provided him with an excellent opportunity to appreciate the rigorous nature of life as a professional driver.
"The CAMS elite driver academy was awesome, it was an intense three days," Chris said.
"I met a lot of really nice people and also found all my weakness within training and what I need to do to better my results for the future."
The academy provided some of the most highly regarded driving coaches in the world, who ensured the budding racing stars were put through similar testing to that of Formula 1 drivers.
The trainer of Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton was on hand to improve the physical conditioning of the drivers, one part of the academy Chris found particularly beneficial.
"I learnt the other sides of motorsport and the demands of what it is like to be an elite driver. A massive thanks to CAMS and all the people I met along the way," Chris said.
Chris also rubbed shoulders with V8 driver Karl Reindler who passed on his racing experiences.
A highlight of the week was a video link up with Chris's racing idol, Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo has set the Formula 1 Championship alight this season with three Grand Prix victories, his last two wins coming in the most recent Grand Prix meets in Hungary and Belgium.
Chris now turns his sights to the next Championship race at Phillip Island where he will be chasing further podium finishes.
His name is being etched in the minds of Australia's most prominent racing officials after appearing in The Racing Magazine Australia.
Chris's father, Tony, said his son possesses the necessary attributes to make it in world of racing.
"Chris's strength is his raw speed, he can get more speed out of a car than most others," Tony said.
"Here is this young guy from Cooma who does not have all the resources as the others do, he trains himself and comes up and gives them a walloping.
"He is always promoting Cooma wherever he goes, he is a great ambassador. It would be great for Cooma to get behind him and support him."