Kellie’s finally putting the pedal to the medal
AFTER many years of being involved with rallying away from the driver's seat, Kellie Pearce will get behind the wheel for the first time this weekend.
The Rally Des Femmes begins in Canberra this afternoon and for Pearce it's a chance to finally experience the thrill of driving her own car.
"Rally Des Femmes was set up about 15 years ago as an opportunity for the wives and girlfriends of rally drivers to have a go at driving," Pearce said.
It's an opportunity the Coffs Coast local has well and truly earned after many years of volunteering for local club events, helping out with spectator marshalling, traffic control, and stop and start control, and even spending time in Rally HQ.
Pearce has also been an official at the past five Rally Australia events including being part of the organising committee for the past three years, helping to make the massive event run smoothly.
That's in addition to spending a lot of time in a rally car co-driving for her husband Bruce McDougall as well as other club members. She even kept young driver David Opie on the straight and narrow when they won the Myall Lakes Rally in 2011.
Now it's time for Pearce to race on forest roads in her Daihatsu Charade.
"I drove a few years ago in a khanacross where I drove road cars with road tyres but this will be the first time I have ever driven a properly prepared rally car in the forest," she said.
"I'm a bit scared but I'm really looking forward to it."