Baxter might be only 12, but he’s already in the fast lane of his sport!

PUBLISHED: 09:05 12 October 2017

Baxter Williams on the start line at Dakota Raceway

Baxter Williams on the start line at Dakota Raceway

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Otterton youngster Baxter Williams may be just a tender 12 years old, but already he is making a big name for himself in the world of drag racing.

The Exmouth Community College pupil was in action at the weekend at the Dakota Raceway, where he clocked a time of 18.99 seconds for his second effort at the quarter-of-a-mile distance – this his best time to date.

Baxter was just three years old when he first got on a petrol bike and he has been riding ever since!

He entered his first competition when aged 11 and now clearly has his eyes set firmly on his dad’s (Gary) Kawasaki drag bike.

Gary says: “Eyeing the bike up, he may well be, but he will have to be a lot older to be allowed to ride it due to strict rules.”

Gary continued: “A huge supporter of Baxter has been our good friend Mark ‘Wolfie’ Smith [The Otterton-based drag racer who competes across the country] and I know that, in terms of a personal target, one of the top ones for Baxter is to beat both my own best time and then that of ‘Wolfie’!”

Baxter has three older sisters and one of them, Isabelle, can often be found competing against her younger sibling.

Dad Gary says: “The pair have beaten each other to first place this year at two different events and the rivalry between them is really great fun to see.”

Young Baxter is very grateful to the ongoing support that he gets from Troy and Pablo from Lets Talk Mobiles, Ash from Exmouth Tyres, Dan from Exmouth Motorcycles and Paul Lewis from Big Pauls of Sidbury.

In 2018, Baxter is looking to go to the full list of events on the Straightliners calendar and he is very grateful to Trevor Duckworth and his team for making it all possible.

In terms of the youngster’s next action, he will be back in action on November 11 at the Dakota Raceway and he is also hoping to be down in Cornwall for the December 9 meeting at Perranporth.

The final word rests with dad Gary, who says: “Baxter really gets so much out of the sport. It really is one that anyone can take up the sport on anything from a 50cc twist-and-go moped to a beast of 1400cc plus with turbo chargers and airshifters.”

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