Kayla on track for fast life
HERVEY Bay's Kayla Barron has a driving ambition.
She wants to become a Nascar driver.
Not even three rollovers in her fledgling speedway career have dented her enthusiasm to follow her hero, Nascar superstar Jimmie Johnson, into living life in the fast lane.
The 16-year-old showed she no fear of getting behind the wheel and taking on the boys by winning the first feature race of her career, one that started less than a couple of seasons ago.
Barron, who drives a car numbered 48 just like Johnson, drove like a pro to win at Mac's Speedway in Mackay.
The former Xavier College student qualified for the final after finishing first and second twice during the three heats.
That performance ensured Barron, a member of the Maryborough Sporting Car Club, started the final from the front row and she never looked back.
She drove a faultless race to hold off a fast finishing Jayden Peacock and Robert Hawkings.
While she was pleased with her maiden win, Barron said she had no plans to take her foot off the accelerator yet.
“No way,” she said.
“I love driving and I want to keep on doing it - nothing beats it I can tell you.”
But what is it Barron loves about being a speedway driver?
“I love the adrenalin rush you get - it's awesome,” she said.
Although she has rolled three times, Barron said she wasn't worried about it happening again.
“It (the thought of rolling) doesn't scare me if that's what you mean.” Barron said.
“If it happens it happens - I'm not going to take it easy when I'm on track.
“I'll just keep pushing harder and harder.
“There is no room for being scared in this game.”
One man who thinks Barron has a big future on track is some who has seen her race plenty of times, Maryborough Sporting Car Club president and Maryborough Speedway commentator, Ryan Harris.
“Kayla has speedway running through her veins,” Harris said.
“She has four uncles who race and if she is half as good as them then I reckon she is going to be a future superstar of our sport.”
Race fans can see Barron in action next Saturday when she will contest the opening round of the Junior Sedan Stars Series at Maryborough Speedway.