Over the next 7 years, Calan developed his craft, initially dominating within the club level, before becoming one of the quickest and top performers in the state. Right from the start, kart shop owner Harvey Morrison took a keen interest in Calan, and provided hours of support to both he and his Dad to teach them the art of driving the kart, race craft and the important fundamentals of kart set up to achieve optimum performance.
In the Cadet and Rookie classes, Calan achieved many successes, including winning the Club Championship at Tiger Kart Club 3 years in succession, winning state level events and in 2013 was the Champion of one of the biggest events in the country, the “Carnival of Karts” at Cockburn International Raceway. That same year, he was also fortunate to be able to compete in large events on the east coast of Australia, the Victorian Open at Puckapunyal and the City of Melbourne Titles at Todd Road.
With this solid grounding in place, 2014 was a year of rapid progression for Calan’s racing career. In consultation with Harvey Morrison, he and his family decided that there would be limited benefit in just stepping up to the regular Junior National class, and they decided to make the leap straight to the High Performance Junior Rotax class, where he would be regularly competing against 15 to 20 of some of the strongest performers in the country, the majority a year or two older. This was a fantastic experience for Calan, the racing was tough and he performed well often being one of the quickest on track. Junior Rotax during 2014 was a huge experience, developing racecraft skills to another level, and demanding precision driving.