Baker crowned King of the Rock
Pimpinio’s Jock Baker has been crowned King of the Rock.
The current South Australian number one title holder won the accolade at Bairnsdale Speedway on Saturday.
With his crew, Baker trekked to Bairnsdale’s Granite Rock raceway to compete in the prestigious Limited Sportsman event.
“I’ve never won this race before, so I was ecstatic to finally take home the win,” he said.
Getting to Bairnsdale was a race in itself after he rolled his Limited Sportsman vehicle the previous week at Hamilton’s Western Speedway.
“I clipped a tyre on the infield and rolled it three times,” he said.
“There was a fair bit of damage to the front end, but it was repairable.
“There were quite a few late nights in the workshop, but I really wanted to get to Bairnsdale and run.”
Baker was drawn to run out of 11th starting position in his first heat and finished fifth.
He started out of fifth in the second heat and ran second, and in the third heat started from fourth and finished first.
“After the roll I was confident the engine was okay, but wasn’t sure about the gearbox,” he said.
“It’s hard to test it out of race conditions, so the first heat I was just getting a feel for the car to make sure it was all okay.
“One of the other Limited Sportsman drivers believes cars go better once they have been rolled – maybe he is right.”
Baker started the final feature race outside the pole and was in second position for the first four laps before taking the lead, which he held for the remainder of the race.
Darren Adams, from Bairnsdale, was in second position and Kahn Aston, Mount Gambier, third.
“King of the Rock is only my second race for the season after a six month break,” he said.
“Halfway through the second heat I was confident with the car again and quickly found my groove.
“The monkey is off my back after the rollover and hopefully the success continues for the rest of the race season.”
The Baker name is synonymous with speedway racing, especially with the open wheeled Limited Sportsman class.
Jock Baker has raced his entire life, following in his brothers Max and Dean’s footsteps.
His home club is Blue Ribbon Raceway in Kalkee.
The Limited Sportsman class will again take to the Blue Ribbon track on Saturday, February 2.