Learn­ing curve for Court­ney

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

COOLBELLUP’S Court­ney Pinker says she has re­turned to WA a smarter race driver fol­low­ing a three-day camp on the east coast.

Pinker re­cently trav­elled to Can­berra to take part in the Speed­way Aus­tralia Ris­ing Star Pro­gram, con­ducted by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport.

The pro­gram of­fers insight into what it takes to be a pro­fes­sional racer.

The 20-year-old said she had learnt plenty.

“Even down to un­der­stand­ing hy­dra­tion,” she said

“We race in triple-layer safety suits with woollen un­der­wear, gloves, a bal­a­clava and hel­mets, of­ten in 35C tem­per­a­tures and above.

“We were ad­vised how to hy­drate in the week lead­ing up to the event; it’s not just about drink­ing lots of wa­ter on the day.”

The young tal­ent, a com­mon sight at the Perth Mo­tor­plex in Kwinana since the age of eight, cur­rently races 600 horse­power V8 Dirt Mod­i­fieds.

“It’s such an ag­gres­sive ma­chine that is just ex­cit­ing to drive,” she said.

She said a first ma­jor podium was the goal for the 2016-17 sea­son.

“I have won de­vel­op­ment awards this past sea­son but it’s the big fish I’m now chas­ing.”

Pic­ture Peter Roe­buck

Court­ney Pinker in her V8 Dirt Mod­i­fied at the Perth Mo­tor­plex in Kwinana.

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