Layne has worked his way through the junior driving ranks in the Sunshine State, including claiming top honours at the Shetland Inter Dominion at Menangle in December of 2021.
The keen teenager is still pinching himself that he is regularly driving against his idols, who have also been a guiding hand behind the scenes as he worked towards his race day debut.
“I have always looked up to people like Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson and other drivers like that,” Layne said.
“It is sort of weird that now I am sitting in a race and competing against guys like that.
“I am really enjoying being out there.
“Those guys have always given me good advice and I just need to take all the advice that I can get from people like that.
“They have been a real big help to me.”
While the maiden victory will always stand out as a memorable milestone, Graham was particularly impressed with how Layne performed in his first race drive earlier this month.
Layne partnered He Said She Said at Redcliffe and was quick out of the gates in the early stages to lead before finishing fourth.
“He drew three in his first drive at Redcliffe a few weeks ago and he had to cross Grant Dixon and somebody else,” Graham said.
“For your first drive, that takes a bit of doing and timing.
“I thought he got the job done as best he could in that first start and that just showed to me that he had a bit of confidence and I thought he was going to be right from there.”
As well as regularly driving for his father, Layne has also been booked by several other trainers for drives in the early stages of his journey.
The teenager is completing a traineeship through Racing Queensland that allows him to drive through the week as well as completing his school studies.
The 16-year-old was at school on Wednesday of this week before finishing up in the afternoon and heading to the Peninsula track for one drive in the evening.
The talented youngster is set to partner Luxury Lad at Redcliffe on Wednesday night over 1780 metres.
Also at Redcliffe on Monday night, race caller Anthony Collins recorded a rare milestone.
Collins calls all three codes of racing in the Sunshine State and has recently returned to also preparing standardbreds.
The 36-year-old trained and drove many winners earlier in his life but broke through for his first training victory in 3,504 days on Monday night.
Mare London Lady handed Collins the win.
He was behind the microphone for the race as well as London Lady won the event in a photo finish.