WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY SERIES FT. NIKKI BAKER

October 13, 2021
Our π‘Ύπ’π’Žπ’†π’’𝒔 π‘Ύπ’†π’…π’π’†π’”π’…π’‚π’š π‘Ίπ’†π’“π’Šπ’†π’” is back today in effort to show our continued support towards our amazing Women in Motorsport, learning a little more about their story so far within the industry πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈπŸš˜ πŸ† 🏁
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Today we had the opportunity to chat with Nikki Baker – proud ambassador for Speed Queens Australia and 2021 Rally Driver.
Earlier this year we also had the chance of meeting Nikki as she represented our very first ALL Women’s Motorsport team in the Pheasant Wood Circuit Deputy 4hr Event. With a 3rd place finish, we are excited to see her career progress. Take a look journey so far:
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𝑺𝒐, 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒔 𝒂 π’π’Šπ’•π’•π’π’† 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 π’šπ’π’–π’“π’”π’†π’π’‡ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• π’Žπ’‚π’…π’† π’šπ’π’– π’ˆπ’†π’• 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 π’Šπ’ π’Žπ’π’•π’π’“π’”π’‘π’π’“π’•?
I think I’ve always loved cars and started going to car shows from a fairly young age. Things escalated from there to now, wanting to drive the cars that I owned (testing their full potential – where I could keep my license). I started going to the drag strip and doing Track Days at Wakefield Park in my Evo X before buying a Subaru B4 and completing the Women’s motorsport development program around three years ago.
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π‘―π’π’˜ 𝒐𝒍𝒅 π’˜π’†π’“π’† π’šπ’π’– π’˜π’‰π’†π’ π’šπ’π’– π’‡π’Šπ’“π’”π’• 𝒅𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 π’“π’‚π’„π’†π’•π’“π’‚π’„π’Œ?
I was a bit of a late starter, but I was around 24 when I first drove on a track. I honestly just saw an ad for Wakefield on my news feed and thought that it looked like so much fun, why not give it a go.
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π‘Ίπ’Šπ’π’„π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏, π’šπ’π’–β€™π’—π’† 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆 π’’π’–π’Šπ’•π’† 𝒂 π’ƒπ’Šπ’• 𝒐𝒇 π’“π’‚π’„π’Šπ’π’ˆ, 𝒅𝒐 π’šπ’π’– 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 π’‡π’‚π’—π’π’–π’“π’Šπ’•π’† π’•π’“π’‚π’„π’Œ 𝒕𝒐 π’…π’“π’Šπ’—π’† 𝒐𝒏?
Lately, I have been loving Awaba and Marulan!
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𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 π’π’†π’˜ 𝒕𝒐 𝑴𝒐𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕, π’˜π’‰π’†π’ π’…π’Šπ’… π’šπ’π’– π’…π’†π’„π’Šπ’…π’† 𝒕𝒐 π’ƒπ’–π’š π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’‡π’Šπ’“π’”π’• π’‰π’†π’π’Žπ’†π’• 𝒐𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 π’”π’–π’Šπ’•?
In 2019 I decided it was time to buy my first race suit, which was not too long after I had initially started.
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𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒅𝒐 π’šπ’π’– 𝒅𝒐 π’˜π’‰π’†π’ π’šπ’π’–β€™π’“π’† 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’ƒπ’†π’‰π’Šπ’π’… 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’†π’†π’ π’“π’‚π’„π’Šπ’π’ˆ?
I am an exercise physiologist by trade, so I help people with musculoskeletal and psychological injuries return to activities of daily living and/or work.
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𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 π’šπ’π’– 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 π’…π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’”π’Šπ’π’„π’† π’šπ’π’–π’“ 𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕 π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ π‘Ήπ’‚π’„π’†π‘¨π’˜π’‚π’š?
I actually started rally driving in the Northern Hyundai Rally Challenge. I picked up a great starting car (excel) which is cheaper to run and easier to work on. I am enjoying learning about car maintenance and absolutely love the environment, everyone is extremely lovely and helpful.
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𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 π’šπ’π’– 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 π’…π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’Œπ’†π’†π’‘ π’ƒπ’–π’”π’š π’…π’–π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 π’π’π’„π’Œπ’…π’π’˜π’? 𝑯𝒂𝒗𝒆 π’šπ’π’– 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 π’‚π’π’š π’π’†π’˜ 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔?
Oh, what projects haven’t I started? All jokes aside keeping busy has been my friend, car maintenance, getting ready for next season, exercise, gardening, cooking and more car maintenance (I finally have time for all the tasks I had been avoiding). I also got a new daily (Polo GIT) which has been getting some attention, but working mainly on my fitness and getting into better shape for next season.
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𝑨𝒏𝒅 π’π’‚π’”π’•π’π’š π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’šπ’π’– π’π’π’π’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’‡π’π’“π’˜π’‚π’“π’… 𝒕𝒐 π’Žπ’π’”π’• 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’π’π’„π’Œπ’…π’π’˜π’ π’Šπ’” 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓?
Definitely getting back to racing, it has been hard to get a taste for competing then to have all the events be cancelled. I’m also really missing the travelling that occurs with racing and just going for a long drive. First thing on the list will be a road trip!
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How cool!! Another amazing story, thank you Nikki πŸ™Œ
Be sure to follow along in the coming weeks to hear more from other inspiring ladies in the sport! #womeninmotorsport #inspirationalwomen
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