UTE POWER: Colleen Keogh in her SS Holden Crewman Ute at the final round of CQDRA’s drag racing at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday, November 22.
UTE POWER: Colleen Keogh in her SS Holden Crewman Ute at the final round of CQDRA’s drag racing at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday, November 22. Andrew Morgan GLADRAG

Colleen races to honour late son-in-law

COLLEEN Keogh started drag racing for two reasons; following her friends into the sport, and living the dream of her late son-in-law.

But she didn't begin in hope of winning.

So presented with the opportunity to win her bracket of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association, the end result didn't matter to her.

"Teena Kelly got me here. She said I needed to come along," Keogh said.

"I am not that worried, but I make sure to rub it in when I win."

Ultimately though, just driving every pass for her son-in-law Brent Hamilton is most important to Keogh.

"My car is my son-in-law's and he passed away four years ago," she said.

After finishing first last season, tied for the position, it was another strong year for Keogh in 2014.

She entered the final round first by eight points over Cameron Kaddatz.

But after two losses in her opening two races of the Chicago Shoot-out format, the result was up in the air.

Win or lose, she plans to keep on with the same line of attack next year.

"I am happy in the street car and the bracket," she said. "We would like to be at Willowbank one day."

'We' is Keogh's daughter, Acrista Hamilton, who got into the sport at the same time as her mother.

It has been a hard slog learning the rules of the sport, when the women are keen on just planting the foot on the accelerator.

"A lot of people don't know that the first car over the line doesn't always win," Hamilton said.

"It has taken a while to understand."

With times nominated before the run, a driver is not allowed to go below that time.

But they must race as close to it as possible to win.



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