FIRED UP: Raceview racer Kate Harker prepares to blast off.
FIRED UP: Raceview racer Kate Harker prepares to blast off. Dragphotoscomau

Ipswich racer inspired by father

KATE Harker will be inspired when she takes to Willowbank Raceway this weekend for the penultimate round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championship (QDRC).

Her extra motivation comes following a breakthrough championship victory by her father in the United States last weekend.

Steve Harker became the first international racer to win the NHRA Top Alcohol championship.

He also clinched two event wins in the one weekend on his way to doing so while setting records for low elapsed time and top speed.

Steve's 31-year-old daughter will look for her own success in this weekend's QDRC Outlaws bracket.

Kate is a former NHRA Top Alcohol racer who was the first non-American female to win an NHRA event.

She is the currently the quickest female in NHRA Top Alcohol dragster (5.22 seconds at Chicago, Illinois in 2007).

"My partner Daniel and I were up early all weekend listening to the NHRA live audio and it was such an exhilarating feeling to hear dad competing and taking those wins,'' Kate said.

"I am so proud of the achievements of both my mum and my dad. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve this result and to do it with back-to-back event wins in the one weekend and set the ET and speed records is just stunning.''

Harker is a marketing coordinator from Raceview.

"For me going into the QDRC this weekend I will be carrying this momentum and excitement with me to the start line on Saturday,'' she said, "along with all the lessons I have learnt from my parents over my 18 years of competing in drag racing.''

Three years ago, Harker made the decision to move back to Australia after many years on the American NHRA circuit.

She has since established her own team, making her Australian comeback at the Winternationals in June in the Kenda Tires Funny Car.

"Willowbank has always been our home track even when we have lived in the USA,'' she said.

 

Top event

  • Kate Harker and her fellow QDRC Outlaws competitors will be joined on-track at Willowbank Raceway this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2014 QDRC.
  • More than 130 racers will compete across the Outlaws, QDRC SuperComp, QDRC Competition Bike, Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster and Super Gas brackets.
  • Gates open at 9am tomorrow, with qualifying from noon and racing from 5pm.
  • Tickets: Adults $20. Students with ID: $18. Children 13 and under: free.


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