The 2012 racing season may be over but for some dedicated speedway racers and their support crew, the next six months will be spent rebuilding their speed machines.
Delphine Carter, one of Kununurra Speedway’s fastest female drivers, started racing two years ago when she convinced her husband Joseph Carter to give her the car he had been working on.
“The car that I drive was originally for Joseph and we shared this car for a season, then he upgraded to a bigger and faster car, a Super Sedan,” she said. “My husband bought my car from a local person in Wyndham. It was turned into a speedway car from scratch.”
Once the adrenaline junkie got behind the wheel of her red and white VC Holden Commodore (V8), she never looked back.
“I like the fact that you can just go hard and have fun on the track,”
“I love the adrenaline rush and the excitement about it.
“The fact that I can blow off steam and just go and have fun.”
Carter wins most of her races and has continued to improve rapidly since her debut.
“I just went out to build my confidence and to take it easy but I think after winning a few races it really built my confidence up and made me want to go harder,” she said.
“I received an award from the chief steward for ‘most improved’ which made me feel good as this means that I am really improving my racing.”
Carter learnt to drive from an early age on camping trips to the marsh flats with her father, but it was her husband who taught her how to drive for speedway.
“My husband has taught me everything I know about speedway driving and about the speedway cars in general,” she said.