At just 17 years old, Australian Formula Ford Championship competitor Lachlan Mineeff has already earned a reputation as a Southern Highlands junior sporting star, and one of the country’s most exciting motor-racing talents.
Lachlan and his family have always had an interest in motorsport, and Lachlan’s racing career started in 2013, when he began racing go-karts at age 11.
After competing in club-level events for three years, Lachlan progressesd to state and national level competition in 2016. He immediately
recorded impressive results, finishing second in the NSW Junior Karting Championship.
The following year, Lachlan won the NSW Junior Karting title, while also recording top-10 results in the Australian Karting Championship. By virtue of his top-notch performances, Lachlan was invited to compete in the exclusive Race of Stars event on the Gold Coast in 2017.
That year also saw Lachlan making his first foray into car racing competiton; he participated in several Formula Ford test days, before contesting selected rounds of the NSW Formula Ford Championship to gain experience on full-sized circuits.
In just his second race meeting, Lachlan qualified third against a field that included all the national series competitors, and in October 2017 he was victorious in the final round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship, equalling the record for the youngest-ever Formula Ford race winner in Australia.
Lachlan and his team stepped up to the seven-round Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2018, travelling to circuits across the country and racing at high-profile events including a Supercars Championship round. In his rookie car-racing season at national level, Lachlan finished all the races with a best result of fourth, his consistency earning him a creditable fifth place in the championship standings.
Lachlan returned to the national Formula Ford Championship in 2019 and continued his improvement curve, firmly entrenching himself in the top three in the standings with race and round victories. He also had his first taste of tin-top racing, competing in the Bathurst 6 Hour aboard a Toyota 86 production car, in which he and his co-driver became the youngest combination to ever finish a major endurance race at the iconic circuit.
With his outstanding career achievements and off-track activities that include an ambassador role with the ReFrame youth mental health organisation, Lachlan Mineeff has established himself as a star of the future and an inspiring role model for other young citizens.