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Help Kayla beat the guys

Monday, 18th November, 2013

Kayla Tumes needs help to get to the Australian Junior Speedway Titles in Perth. Kayla Tumes needs help to get to the Australian Junior Speedway Titles in Perth.

By Andrew Robertson

Teenage speed queen Kayla Tumes has turned to fundraising in a desperate attempt to finally compete in the national junior titles.

The 16-year-old wants desperately to represent Broken Hill at the Australian Junior Speedway Titles in Perth.

Despite her tender age Kayla is already something of a veteran of the speedway having just notched up her fourth season.

She competed in about 23 race meetings in regional South Australia and Victoria, with the bulk of them being in Mildura.

But the Australian titles have always been out of reach for the diminutive high school student, who competes in the junior sedan class. 

“Unfortunately it’s been held in a state that’s always been too far away,” said Kayla.

“But this is the last chance I will get to compete.”

Once she turns 17, Kayla will no longer quality for the titles, which are held from January 10-13.

Kayla has already received some support since starting her fundraising drive but still has a way to go to reach her goal of $4000. 

“Me and my pop are driving over there and mum is flying.

“Hopefully I’ll make it to the main final and hopefully don’t wreck the car.”

Kayla said the thing she enjoyed most about competing on the dirt tracks of a speedway circuit was “the feeling you get driving”.

While the sport is still dominated by males, she more and more girls wanted the experience the same feeling.

“There’s a few girls (competing) and more are starting to come in to it now.”

People wanting to donate to Kayla can contact her on 8087 8854 or search for “Katracing” on Facebook.

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