Billy on track to racing stardom
ALL little boys dream of following in their father’s footsteps but seven-year-old Billy Bruce is instead following in his dad’s tyre marks.
Billy has taken up go-kart racing and competed at Ma Ma Creek on Mother’s Day in only his fourth competition, emulating his racing car driver dad.
The night before his competition he mentioned he might be able to win, with his mother gently reminding him not to get his hopes up, knowing he had only just taken up the sport.
But it seems he is a natural and he had nothing to worry about – taking out four first place titles at the Lockyer Valley Dirt Track Kart Club’s monthly event.
Billy’s mum Jenny believes his love of racing comes from his dad Paul, who has been motor racing for the past eight years.
Mr Bruce started racing HQ Holdens but has now made the switch to a Mazda and works part-time sharing his skills.
“He also works part-time at the Queensland Racing V8 experience as an instructor,” Mrs Bruce said.
Billy started racing last year at age seven and has already developed quite a passion and talent for the adrenaline-filled sport.
Mr Bruce bought Billy his remarkable racing machine, kicking off Billy’s racing career at just seven.
“Now he has got the hang of it, he loves it,” Mrs Bruce said enthusiastically.
And Billy’s younger brother Jack, is already eyeing off his chance to keep the family tradition going and jump into the driver’s seat, with less than a year until he is old enough to compete.
“Billy loves going fast, just like his dad and just like his little brother will soon, I’m sure,” Mrs Bruce said.
Jack has already immersed himself in the sport, shadowing his brother and pushing his go-kart around to wherever he needs it.
Although shy at the attention he has created, Billy said he has overcome the butterflies he initially had before a race.
“I used to get a bit nervous. I don’t anymore – I think I have it down,” Billy said.