Billy proves a force on the track
AT just eight years old, Warwick's Billy Bruce is tearing up the track in his self-built go-kart and leaving his competitors in a dusty haze behind him.
The young racer was named the Lockyer Valley Dirt Track Kart Club's (LVDTKC) Rookie of the Year last month and has aspirations for a fast-paced career on the track.
From the tender age of six, Billy showed an interest in following in the steps of his race car driver father, Paul.
An esteemed driver, Paul has raced all over Australia, in HQ Holdens, Mazdas and Toranas and on the weekend works at the V8 Race Experience in Brisbane, teaching people how to drive.
Paul said he helped his son kick-start his driving career two years ago when Billy showed an interest in the sport after watching his dad on the track.
"He wanted to get into cars and I thought this would be a good way of getting him started," Paul said.
The father and son team rolled up their sleeves got their hands dirty and worked together to build the kart Billy races today.
Paul said the track at Ma Ma Creek where Billy races is a great starting point and will allow his son to polish his skills in controlling his vehicle.
"They do have to do the same as on the bitumen but it's more unpredictable," he said.
Paul said he couldn't ask for a better place for his start to start racing than the family-oriented atmosphere of the LVDTKC.
"It's all about giving the kids a start and it's very affordable," he said.
Although Billy has likely inherited at least some of his dad's skills on the track, Paul said it was his son's good attitude that helped him succeed.
Paul concedes it is likely Billy has inherited his great temperament from his mother, Jenny, but Paul has surely played a part also.
"I think the best advice I have given him is that to make a good winner, you have to be the best winner," Paul said.
"He just has a good attitude and works really hard."
Billy said he is hopeful to continue racing and hopes to eventually end up racing in a Mazda, just like dad but may soon have to share his kart.
Five-year-old brother Jack is now old enough to take up the sport and has already shown an interest in racing.