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The woman who swapped ballet for drag racing

  • Kelly Bettes, 33, wants to become the first woman to win Top Fuel championship
  • She quit ballet at the age of 10 to take up the thrilling sport of drag racing
  • Ms Bettes has constant support from her parents who push her to do her best
  • She hopes to make Australian history by winning the Top Fuel championship  

A graphic designer from Brisbane aims to make Australian history by becoming the first woman to win Top Fuel championship, Australia’s equivalent of Formula 1. 

At the age of 10, Kelly Bettes, now 33, decided that she did not want to practice ballet anymore and swapped her tutu and ballet flats for the fast thrill of the race track. 

Ms Bettes determination and passion for drag racing inspires her everyday and says it’s what’s in the head that helps push her further.  

Kelly Bettes (pictured) swapped her tutu and ballet shoes for fast thrill on the race track

Ms Bettes's determination and passion for drag racing inspires her everyday to do better

Ms Bettes’s determination and passion for drag racing inspires her everyday to do better

‘It’s all down to mental strength – the competition can be won or lost in your head,’ she told Nine News. 

Ms Bettes has been pushing to achieve the record goal and has two more races to go and two points off the current leader.

Her family have always supported her and backed her passion to get into drag racing. 

Her parents would blindfold her to teach her how to work around the mechanics of the car and most importantly to find the kill switch in the case of an emergency. 

Her family have always supported her and backed her passion to get into drag racing

Her family have always supported her and backed her passion to get into drag racing

Ms Bettes suffered damage to her neck muscles after crashing her vehicle twice

Ms Bettes suffered damage to her neck muscles after crashing her vehicle twice

Ms Bettes suffered damage to her neck muscles after crashing her vehicle twice

Ms Bettes crashed twice and also had one of her car’s engine catch fire, Nine News reported.

These incidents caused her to suffer damage to her neck muscle but that has not put her off achieving her dream. 

Her aim is to focus on her goal and hopes to make history winning the Top Fuel championship.  

Her aim is to focus on her goal and hopes to make history winning the Top Fuel championship

Her aim is to focus on her goal and hopes to make history winning the Top Fuel championship

 

 

 

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