Bathurst beckons racing enthusiast
YVE Stocks is a 60-year-old grandma-to-be with a need for speed and is preparing to tackle one of Australia’s most prestigious motorsport tracks for the first time.
“It’s my lifetime ambition,” Stocks said. “Going to Bathurst is something I have always wanted to do, so I’m doing it.”
Stocks is eagerly preparing for the Festival of Speed event in April and spent the weekend burning around the Morgan Park track for the Queensland Super Sprints.
After her first day of racing at the weekend she felt confident about racing in wet conditions, an important aspect to master before heading off to Bathurst, which is renowned for rain at Easter.
In a few weeks, she will hit the Morgan Park track again for her final practice before her Bathurst run.
“It is the ultimate track where all the V8 boys go. It’s one of the best tracks in Australia...I wish I was there right now,” she said.
Her event is all about consistency.
She sets a time for a lap and has to meet that exact time on each lap with points deducted if she goes slower or faster.
“You don’t have to be the fastest on the track, just the most consistent to win,” she said.
Stocks races in a little red replica of a Shelby Cobra.
“This is a big year for me: I turn 60 and I am going to be a grandma as well, so I will be a racing granny then,” she said, laughing.
“I think it’s (racing) that keeps me going.”
Her biggest conquest to date is racing at Targa Tasmania in 2004 where she won her class in a group regularity event.
“I had on notes every day (at Targa Tasmania) ‘drive to finish’ – you have to finish to win,” Stocks said.
“My goal for Bathurst is to finish the events. If I don’t finish I may as well not have gone.”
She regularly races at Queensland Raceway, in the Mt Cotton Hill Climb, Noosa Hill Climb, Leyburn Sprints and most of the events at Morgan Park each year and plans to keep racing as long as her body keeps up.