Kelsey Arthur is helped off the track after her car rolled during a Junior Street Sedans heat at Maryborough Speedway.
Kelsey Arthur is helped off the track after her car rolled during a Junior Street Sedans heat at Maryborough Speedway. Jocelyn Watts

Kelsey still has driving ambition

KELSEY Arthur was chilling in a swimming pool yesterday.

It hadn’t been so relaxing for the 16-year-old at Maryborough Speedway the night before.

Driving in what was only the third meeting of her fledgling career, the Xavier College student rolled during a junior Street Sedan heat.

Fortunately she wasn’t injured in the spectacular crash but the same cannot be said of her car, a TF Cortina – her father David describes it as a “wreck”.

Despite the crash, Kelsey, who not surprisingly, said she was feeling a little bit sore after her experience on the Tinana track, said she was not thinking about never getting back in the M75 car again – far from it.

“I’ll admit that I was really frightened – it wasn’t nice,” she said.

“However, there is no way I am going to give up though.

“Speedway is in my blood – my dad raced, my brother does so do plenty of other family members.

“Sure this was not a nice experience but things like this can happen in this sport.

“I’m just going to get back in my car and forget about it – that’s all you can do.”

But Kelsey wasn’t the only driver to see their meeting come to a sudden halt.

Race commentator and Maryborough Speedway general manager Ryan Harris will vouch for that.

“I’ve never seen so many rollovers and crashes over one weekend,” Harris said.

“I think 10 or so cars rolled over in big crashes.

“Thankfully due to the fantastic safety equipment that they all have nowadays no one was hurt.”



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