Up and coming 17-year-old rally driver, Kelly Thomas, is shooting for Western Australia's for the Rookie of the Year title.
Driving a Subaru WRX with her father Dave calling the notes, Thomas’ best result thus far is finishing 8th outright in the third round of the WA Rally Championship (WARC).
It's potential behind the wheel that has already been recognised by governing body CAMS, who have selected her to compete in the Taipei Gymkhana Prix against 12 other countries in early November.
17-year old WA rally driver Kelly Thomas.
She's one of just three Australians selected by CAMS to travel to China.
“I don’t know how CAMS selected me, it came out of the blue, but I’m so excited and happy to have this opportunity. I’ve never been overseas before!” she said.
“Rallying is just fun and it’s something completely different. The dirt makes it fair for everyone - on tarmac it’s about the power of the car whereas on gravel it’s about your skill as a driver,” the Toodyay Year 12 student said.
Grassroots club level events have paid a major part in Kelly's performance and her decision to enter her in the WARC.
Her father Dave gives credit to The Light Car Club for their Khanacross series where Kelly started a couple of years ago, and Rally Action Driver Training for their rallysprint series that she won outright last year and is currently leading this year.
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