Debra Mortimer will race in the Leadfoot Ladies drag race on Saturday at Casino Airport.
Debra Mortimer will race in the Leadfoot Ladies drag race on Saturday at Casino Airport. Supplied

Women strap in for drags

DEBRA Mortimer, one of the contestants in Saturday’s Leadfoot Ladies event at the Casino Airport drag race fixture, has been around cars all her life.

Debra, 37, grew up with auto racing, so a chance to compete in the inaugural ladies competition this weekend was something she could not resist.

Debra is one of 11 entries in the Leadfoot Ladies competition which will be run as an elimination series to find the two fastest drivers to race-off for the crown.

Events catering exclusively for women are unique to Australian drag racing, so this Casino fixture provides an exciting “different” dimension to the sport.

Debra said her love of cars and racing was inherited from her parents.

“My dad is an avid car enthusiast,” she said.

“As a child I remember he recorded every Bathurst race, with me saddled up beside him.

"With my two sisters, we went with mum and dad to Surfers Paradise Raceway a few times.

“Even to this day Dad often comes around for a cuppa and a ‘car chat’, reminiscing from the old days to now.

"Dad owns an incredible display of car memorabilia which is an absolute credit to him.”

Debra’s husband Anthony also will compete at this weekend’s Casino fixture.

“My husband, whom I have been with since the age of 15, was a car fanatic also, so that was what led us to entering into the world of drag racing.”

Debra relishes the chance to race against other women in their own specific category.

She will race a Holden VE HSV GTS in the Ladies Leadfoot clash.



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