Harness racing is Cessnock teenager Chloe Formosa's driving passion

FIRST TRIAL: Chloe Formosa in the sulky behind Doubledelight Brigade at Cessnock Showground.
FIRST TRIAL: Chloe Formosa in the sulky behind Doubledelight Brigade at Cessnock Showground.

She may only be 15, but Chloe Formosa has already found the passion that drives her life.

The year nine student from Mount View High School is on the final straight to following her father harness trainer/driver Michael Formosa into the racing industry.

Chloe celebrated her 15th birthday with her first barrier trial at Cessnock Showground.

It had been a long wait, but Chloe handled the drive behind Doubledelight Brigade, a horse her father trains, with class.

Since then there have been two more trial sessions at Newcastle and she is looking more comfortable in the driving seat each outing.

Chloe said she was nervous at first but once she was on the track her nerves settled and she drove to instructions.

"Dad wanted me look after my horse so I did just that. I settled back in the field and pulled her out with a lap to go," Chloe said of her first outing in senior company.

DAD'S GIRL: Chloe Formosa is set to follow in her father Michael's footsteps by becoming a harness racing trainer/driver.

DAD'S GIRL: Chloe Formosa is set to follow in her father Michael's footsteps by becoming a harness racing trainer/driver.

Chloe will need 20 trial drives and be 16 before she can become a professional and drive in races.

It's something she has dreamed of since starting in the mini trots ranks when she was just five.

Mum Kirsty said there was never any doubts their eldest child would follow in her father's footsteps.

"It really is her passion. I'm not that nervous when she is driving because I know just how talented she is," Kirsty, who was a jockey when she was younger, said.

"Chloe has been driving track work for her dad for 12 months now and has learned all her skills off him.

"She drives a lot like Michael. She is calm, collected and once she is on the track the nerves go. She's told me 'I just know what to do'."

Kirsty said it would be a long year for Chloe waiting to become professional, but she would have driving opportunities in her final year of mini trots.

The mini-trots have taken her to some amazing places.. She got selected to represent Australia in New Zealand. She went over there in December last year and she actually won the Inter Dominion Consolation over there.

"It was the first time an invited Australian driver had won a big race over there."