Milly’s in the hot seat

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

All bets will be off when Mata­mata Chron­i­cle man­ager Milly Keys com­petes in the ladies’ day rac­ing at Rangeview Speed­way on Sun­day.

Su­pe­rior Auto Painters owner Damien Laird agreed to let Milly take his pro­duc­tion saloon out on the track.

Damien’s Toy­ota Corolla FX is named Jail Break – be­cause ‘‘it can make a fast get­away when it needs to.’’

Milly took the Corolla for a prac­tice drive and said she was ner­vous and ex­cited for her first start.

‘‘I really don’t want to crash or wreck his car but I’m really ex­cited as well as I’ve al­ways wanted to give it a go,’’ she said. Damien isn’t too wor­ried about his car. ‘‘What­ever hap­pens, hap­pens,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s speed­way, that’s how it is.’’

Milly did not have much to do with mo­tor­sport un­til she met her hus­band seven years ago.

‘‘He has a race car and I have al­ways gone with him and friends to Taupo Race track to watch them com­pete,’’ she said.

‘‘I have only ever been a pas­sen­ger and al­ways been re­ferred to as ‘ the bal­last’ so it will be good to give driv­ing a crack.’’

Ladies’ day starts at the Rangeview track in Lans­downe Rd at 11.30am on Sun­day.

Damien Laird, owner of Su­pe­rior Auto Painters, will hand over his keys to

man­ager Milly Keys on Sun­day.

Up for a chal­lenge:

Mata­mata Chron­i­cle

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