Jett Racing’s Kelly Corbett is New Zealand-bound after she was selected as just one of four Australian drag racers to compete as ‘feature acts’ in the upcoming 2014 V Four and Rotary Nationals (25/26 January 2014).
The 29 year old Corbett of Camira in Queensland will take the wheel of the Jett Racing Datsun Ute as an event-funded headline racer alongside fellow Aussies Scott Porter, Dom Luppino and Chris Fakinos.
Corbett – who is well-known on the Australian drag racing scene for her exploits at the wheel of the Jett Racing Datsun Ute and also as the 2009/2010 National Modified Champion and holder of multiple national event and local event wins – said she was extremely excited for this watershed moment in her on-track career.
“The V 4 and Rotary Nationals really represents a massive step for me in my racing career – it is the first time I have been invited and funded to compete as a headline act at such a prestigious event and it is my first time racing outside of Australia,” said Corbett.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off my racing season and the season of Jett Racing than with this amazing opportunity, and I can’t thank event promoter Azhar Bhamji and Jett Racing team owner Collin Willshire enough for this chance.
“I can’t wait to get out there and put on a show for all the fans in New Zealand, and at the same time will be hunting after an event win and the New Zealand national four cylinder record (7.43 seconds at 178 miles per hour) – my personal best in Australia in the ute to date is 7.14 seconds at 192 miles per hour, so I think we can do it!”
Jett Racing team owner Willshire said the invitation to act as a headline racer was a testament to Corbett’s racing spirit and the growing following of the team whose goal is to pursue ‘racing aligned with the next generation.’
“Kelly has been with Jett Racing for 12 months and during that time she has made her racing spirit well and truly clear, she lives and breathes this sport and is so very excited about heading over to New Zealand, as is the entire Jett Racing team,” said Cornubia’s Willshire, who is a racer and committee member for the Factory Xtreme bracket and has been a drag strip regular since 1996.
“As a dynamic young female racer who has the talent to match her enthusiasm, Kelly is really breathing life into our team and I am sure will provide Jett Racing with the perfect kick-off to our 2014 season with this great international event.
“The year ahead is already shaping up to be a big one with Kelly and myself booked in for a full event calendar and the racing debut of our two 2012 Nissan Skyline GTR-35s – two of only three in the world - not far away, so to be heading to such a prestigious event as a headline act is really the icing on the cake.
“I have to thank Kelly for all of her hard work and also Azhar the event promoter for this opportunity to take Jett Racing onto the international stage – I think this is really the start of the next big phase for Kelly and for Jett Racing.”
For their trip Corbett and Willshire will be joined by a strong band of cheerleaders including Corbett’s mother and father Jenny and Steve Bettes – current GM for Australia’s Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series and former GM of Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway – as well as her brother Scott Bettes and the Jett Racing crew.
Updates on Corbett’s progress at the V 4 and Rotary Nationals will be posted regularly on Jett Racing’s website www.jettracing.com.au and on the team’s facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jett-Racing
The 2014 V 4 & Rotary Nationals will include not only drag racing but also a Show & Shine and the NZ Xtreme Games at the ASB Showground (Auckland) and the Fram Autolite Dragway (Meremere) over the 25th and 26th of January 2014. For full event information including schedules and a full program, please visit www.4androtary.co.nz.
Jett Racing is supported by Prime Signs Speed Elec, Turbo by Garrett and Motul