Drag racing siblings hoping to savour title double
WHEN the final round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships hits the track at Willowbank Raceway tomorrow, siblings Kellie Kidd and Tony Bellert will look to secure twin championships for their family.
The 32 year old mum of two and her 35 year old engine-building brother are leading the points standings in the Modified and QDRC SuperComp brackets respectively.
Bellert is hoping to secure back-to-back titles.
Adding to the family factor is the fact that the pair were introduced to racing by their father and fourth-placed Modified competitor Phil Bellert.
Under the Bellert Racing Team banner they all compete in honour of their late mother and wife Browyn Bellert - whose passing due to cancer was mourned by the sportsman drag racing community in 2013 with a display of pink heart in memoriam stickers which many competitors still carry today.
"It would be a great treat for us, for Kellie and I, to each take out the QDRC titles in her honour,'' Bellert said. "And we will be doing everything we can to make that happen.
"I always try and keep an eye on both dad and Kellie although it is a little hard sometimes given the work needed between each race on the car.
"I don't get nervous for her anymore though, she has done enough passes now that she can keep herself out of trouble and I am really proud of how she has progressed.''
Kidd said it would be an amazing achievement for her family and team to have a brother and sister take the wins in our brackets.
"Having us all doing so well and our dad Phil in the top five of the championship in Modified is truly an overwhelming accomplishment already," she said.
"Dad got us into drag racing. He has been competing in the Sportsman brackets since Willowbank Raceway opened.
"Dad and I race each other quite often in the Modified bracket and bring out the best in each other, and while I don't often race Tony as we are in different brackets, I try to be involved with his and dad's program as much as possible and to be out on the start line if I can.
"The family racing vibe is set to continue as well, with my son Alex stepping up into his very own junior dragster in the coming weeks. To have four cars in our team and three generations racing at once will not only be a logistical nightmare, but also a dream come true - it is a very exciting time for us all that is for sure.''
While each is hopeful of bringing home two reasons for the family to celebrate this weekend, their experience with the world of drag racing means neither are taking victory as a given.
"I am not celebrating just yet - I have a good lead coming into the finale, but at the end of the day this is drag racing and anything can happen. I am taking each race as it comes," Kidd said.
Leading their classes heading into the final round are Josh Fletcher (Outlaws), Tony Bellert (SuperComp), Peter Everett (Comp Bike), Kellie Kidd (Modified), Tony Whyatt (Super Sedan), Neil Tschutura (Super Street), Brian Alvisio (Modified Bike), Tim Barron (Junior Dragster) and David Gauldie (Super Gas).
Gates open at 7am, with qualifying from noon and racing from 5pm.