Katie Laird adds to her sport­ing CV

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - ABBY BROWN

Wa­haroa Speed­way mem­ber Damien Laird’s daugh­ter is en­thu­si­as­tic about the ladies’ chal­lenge.

Katie Laird, 19, will be one of six women get­ting be­hind the wheel of a mini stock for two races and a fender ben­der for one race for the ladies’ chal­lenge on Jan­uary 22.

‘‘She has raced my pro­duc­tion sa­loon one or two times so she is very new to it but has a bit of an eye for rac­ing,’’ Damien said.

Fender ben­ders look a bit bat­tered as tap­ping and spin­ning each other is al­lowed in the con­tact class.

‘‘You have to be con­trol your spin.’’

Katie first got be­hind the wheel of Damien’s car when she was 17.

Damien has been rac­ing for about four years and Katie has been watch­ing him spo­rad­i­cally.

Other rac­ers in the chal­lenge, like Lynette Horn, are


to vet­er­ans.

The pro­duc­tion sa­loon driver said the ladies chal­lenge will be an in­ter­est­ing bat­tle, as some of the rac­ers have ex­pe­ri­ence.

The other rac­ers are Ed­die Hodgkinson, Nadine Keenan, who is a mum of a mini stock driver, Rachael Hen­der­son and Dee Hal­bert.

Rac­ing starts at 6pm on Jan­uary 22 at the Wa­haroa Speed­way. If post­poned by rain it will be held on Jan­uary 24, at 11.15 am.

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