Coolbellup race drive Courtney Pinker attends AIS camp


Courtney Pinker in her V8 Dirt Modified at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana. Picture Peter Roebuck
Courtney Pinker in her V8 Dirt Modified at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana. Picture Peter Roebuck

COOLBELLUP’S Courtney Pinker says she has returned to WA a smarter race driver following a three-day camp on the east coast.

Pinker recently travelled to Canberra to take part in the Speedway Australia Rising Star Program, conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The program offers insight into what it takes to be a professional racer.

The 20-year-old said she learned plenty.

“Even down to understanding hydration,” she said

“We race in triple layer safety suits with woollen underwear, gloves, a balaclava and helmets, often in 35C temperatures and above.

“We were advised how to hydrate in the week leading up to the event; it’s not just about drinking lots of water on the day.”

The young talent, a common sight at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana since the age of eight, currently races 600 horsepower V8 Dirt Modifieds.

“It’s such an aggressive machine that is just exciting to drive,” she said.

She said a first major podium was the goal for the 2016-17 season.

“I have won development awards this past season but it’s the big fish I’m now chasing,” she said.