School isn’t normally a training ground for race car drivers but for Year 12 Immanuel Lutheran College graduate Harrison (Harri) Jones, there are so many opportunities out there so why not make the most of them.

The Buderim local has juggled an academically demanding year while racing in the Australian Formula Ford Series (AFFS), one of the best known and most instantly recognised racing categories worldwide.

“I only competed in two of the six AFFS races this year due to Year 12 and am currently ranked 13th and placed sixth in my debut race. In the Queensland Formula Ford Series I competed in four events placing second in three but study was my priority this year,” said Harri.

The majority of Formula One stars, both past and present, began their top-level careers in Formula Ford.

“Next year I’m taking a gap year to race in the 2017 AFFS as well as other events including Bathurst at Easter in a JPS Group A BMW M3 and a drive in the ex-ANZ #10 Sierra at the Phillip Island Classic in March. My last race for 2016 is at Phillip Island at the end of November so I won’t be going to Schoolies.

“My longer term plan is to complete a dual maths and engineering degree at the University of Queensland and then a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering as my dream is to work on a Formula One race team,” he said.

Immanuel Year 12 students were farewelled by the entire College community – students, teachers and parents – in a guard of honour during the College’s historic Walk of Faith ceremony.

We wish all Immanuel graduates the very best as they embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives.