Youngster has world of talent and could be next Peter Brock
LEADING Rockhampton kart driver Matt Dicinoski believes youngster Keegan Baker is the city's next genuine chance of breaking into V8 Supercar ranks.
And, that's exactly what the 13-year-old wants to do.
"I'd like to be a V8 Supercar driver one day," said Baker, who fittingly hopes to start a job at a Capricorn Coast bakery in the school holidays.
Competing in the Junior National Light Class, Baker won the Queensland C and D Class titles last month, and backed it up with another win at a Gladstone club meet on the weekend.
The Jamie Whincup fan is looking towards making it three straight wins in Emerald next weekend.
A student at St Brendan's College, Baker drives for the Two 4 Tuning race team, and his performances on the track have caught the eye of Dicinoski.
"Obviously, he's a long way off it at the moment, but he's definitely moving in the right direction," said Dicinoski, who also races for Two 4 Tuning.
"He's probably Rocky's best chance of making it through to the V8 Supercars at the moment.
"There are some promising signs for the young fella."
Taking up the sport as an eight-year-old after his dad bought a go-kart at a garage sale, Baker has formed a potent combination at Two 4 Tuning with fellow team members Jack Bussey, Sam Battye and Mitch Bennett.
The quartet's racing numbers all feature the No.4 four, with Baker's car featuring the No 84.
Moving up into the B Class after his C and D Class titles win, Baker said his success wouldn't be possible without the support of his team. "I'd like to thank mum and dad for taking me to all the race meets, and my team manager Gerard Battye and Brady Bolland and Chris Bussey, from Certified Horsepower, for the engine."
Dicinoski, who has finished racing until after the new year, said Baker and fellow Rockhampton driver Ty Spencer were the future of the sport.