Baker crowned King of the Rock

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports -

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.

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