Jett Racing's Kelly Corbett is New Zealand-bound after she was selected as one of just 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 from 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," Corbett said.
"I can't think of a better way to kick off my racing season 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 I'll be hunting for 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 testimony 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," Willshire said.
"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."
Corbett and Willshire will be joined for their overseas adventure 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.