Blaze backs Rebecca
REBECCA Dawes reckons she is too short for basketball, but that hasn't stopped her being sponsored by the Gold Coast Blaze in the 2012 Queensland Motor Racing Championships.
She played basketball at Warwick State High School in year 11-12 before embarking on a successful career in motor sport.
Dawes is a regular in the Gemini class in the State championships and was credited with having the best presented car at the first round at the weekend competing in her "new" Gemini.
After buying the car unregistered two years ago, she started re-building it with help from boyfriend and fellow competitor Mark Gray, her brother Michael and Gold Coast painter Dave Hinton.
Work has been done on the car on the Gold Coast, where Rebecca works in real estate accounts, and the Dawes family workshop in Warwick.
She is upbeat about the co-operation from the marketing arm of the Gold Coast Blaze.
"My employer Navigator Property Group arranged the sponsorship with the Blaze marketing team," Dawes said.
"I will be promoting the team in all my races this year in south-east Queensland at Morgan Park, Queensland Raceway and Lakeside."
Three Blaze players are painted on the car's bonnet.
Dawes was joined by fellow staff members from Navigator Property Group at a Gold Coast Blaze game late last year and will be at the next home game on March 25, against Perth Breakers on the Gold Coast.
She started the weekend with a 7th place on Saturday, came 9th in race 2 on Sunday morning before finishing the weekend with sixth place in race 3, with a personal best lap time at Morgan Park of 1 minute, 18.88 seconds.
"We are really happy with the new car and have sorted out all the problems, I am realistically aiming for top-four in the series. It can only get better from here on in," Dawes said.
She has a best series performance of third in the 2009 Queensland Motor Racing Championships.
Dawes races again at Morgan Park on June 9-10.