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“It’s great our family celebrates together when we have a win and Dad, Mum (Alice) and Tim are always keen to help me out,” Josh said. “Dad made me a promise that if he won the national championship he would get me my own car. He won it in 2013 and I got my car the following year. “When I first got my licence it was quite daunting, but now it’s fun to slam the throttle and run really fast times.” The Bakers will next compete at Portland in November before racing in front of family and friends at Calder Park Raceway on Boxing Day.

THOUGH he is three years from gaining P-plates, Josh Baker regularly drives at speeds that would earn the ire of the long arm of the law. The 14-year-old from Gowanbrae is a rising star on the drag racing circuit, having won Junior Dragster in the Australian National Drag Racing Association season’s opening Desert Nationals in Alice Springs. Josh said the win was the biggest in his short career, building on last year’s Victorian Divisional Championship. “It was great to get a win in the first meeting of the season,” Josh said. “The pressure was on too, because Dad got knocked out in the first round of his races.” Drag racing is a family passion for the Bakers, who have their own team and dad Craig, Josh and his brother Tim all race. Josh said it was great to have such a quality support crew.

110Congratulations to Junior Dragster competitor, Josh Baker, on his recent recognition as a Local Sporting Champion (LSC) for the electorate of Wills in Melbourne’s Northwestern suburbs. Josh was presented with his award by Mr Kelvin Thomson MP (Member for Wills) on Friday, 18th September 2015.