TAYLA’S LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
TAYLA Dicker (pictured) is not what one would call an average teenager.
While her friends are off to the movies and hanging out at trendy coffee shops, the slender darkbrown-haired lass spends most of her free time in the cockpit of a potent single-seat racing car.
A fast mover in more ways than one, Tayla is one worth watching in the super-competitive world of Formula Ford.
She's been racing in karts for more than half her life, took the WA and Northern Territo- ry State titles in 2013, won the 2014/15 Women in Australian Motorsport development scholarship, and was in the top 10 of the CAMS Junior Academy Group in 2014.
The eloquent 16-year-old lives at The Vines, and attends the Swan Valley Anglican Community School, where she’s in Year 11.
When she’s not studying or working on her leased Stealth racer, she helps out at her dad’s Malaga kart shop; the same one Daniel Ricciardo frequented in his karting days.
She also gets some sage advice from Asia- Pacific rally co- driver champion Bill Hayes and, in turn, mentors Bill’s young daughter, Emily, who is in the cadet class in karting.
Tayla, who will be the only girl in the field at Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday, April 12, is high on ambition and hopes she'll get a good result.
“I’m aiming at a top three in the WA championship this year,” she said. “I’m always trying to improve my driving and lap times, and to also learn some of the technical parts of the car.”