You win World Time At­tack and ev­ery­one knows — world­wide

NZ Performance Car - - Ian Baker Interview -

You can be­come a vic­tim of your own success, that’s true, and I guess the Aus­tralians have re­ally em­braced what we are do­ing. Some­one from Queens­land can spend an en­tire year build­ing a car, and then stick it on a trailer and tow it 10 hours down the road, which is a lot eas­ier than load­ing it in a con­tainer and ship­ping it around the world. I guess that is the case, and when I walk down pit lane now and see banks of com­put­ers and ex-F1 engi­neers in some garages, you start to say, yes, it’s got pretty ad­vanced. You’re al­ways go­ing to have that prob­lem, any­thing suc­cess­ful, es­pe­cially in mo­tor sport, peo­ple are go­ing to push that en­ve­lope. Yeah, that’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing ques­tion, and, to be hon­est, $300,000 is prob­a­bly well on the lighter side, es­pe­cially with the pro cars. Even some of the top open-class cars are spend­ing that sort of money nowa­days. What do I think? It is that we of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to come and be a rock star for one week­end of the year, and then you can go back to your nor­mal life. We of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press en­gi­neer­ing free­doms that no other class does, and it’s that whole car­ni­val at­mos­phere. Peo­ple come to that event and they are em­braced in it. Whereas peo­ple can go and race a spec class, like Car­rera Cup, say — not that there is any­thing wrong with it, but tell me who won Car­rera Cup this year? I bet you wouldn’t know, whereas you win World Time At­tack and ev­ery­one knows — world­wide. From that stand­point, there is the op­por­tu­nity to make your­self fa­mous through­out the world, which in turn has the op­por­tu­nity to at­tract spon­sors, so I can’t put my fin­ger on any one thing, but cer­tainly all those things add up. Most teams turn it into a hol­i­day — they come down for week, have a few beers with their mates on Tues­day, and then go run their favourite mo­tor sport event for a week­end. Most cer­tainly. To run any tier-one cat­e­gory these days, re­gard­less of what your bud­get is, the com­mit­ment of re­sources and man­power is a full-time job, whereas with this you can do it on the side. You can go test­ing for a few week­ends, then come to Syd­ney and have a re­ally good crack at it.

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