UNDER WAY: Brett Kelly’s Cortina on the line at Benaraby Nationals in October.
UNDER WAY: Brett Kelly’s Cortina on the line at Benaraby Nationals in October. Mike Richards

Kelly aims to break barrier on quarter mile

BRETT Kelly's main aim this weekend is not to get the lawn mown out or the car washed like a lot of Gladstone blokes, but to break the 7.80-second barrier for a quarter mile.

Racing at Benaraby Raceway, Kelly will be a part of the final round of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association's championship.

Currently sitting second in the Supa Comp bracket, the Gladstone driver is guaranteed that spot in the competition.

So his aim is setting a personal best in his Ford TD Cortina.

"My quickest is a 7.81, so something a bit quicker than a 7.80 second run," Kelly said.

"I have just had the blower freshened up."

A win at the April meeting earlier in the year proves Kelly has the speed to go out and accomplish his goal.

In fact, if not for a missed round in March he would be challenging for the overall Supa Comp title.

"I was away racing. I go away to ASPA Pro Street every now and then," he said.

Instead of challenging, he is 25 points in arrears of Craig Olive, chasing victory to end the season and give his sponsor, Auto Pro, a good piece of the limelight.

Even if he runs his personal best early on, Kelly will keep charging to the line for the entire meet.

"I always try to finish; it is very rare we don't finish," he said.

With five or six people to help with his car and owning an automotive business, Kelly is well equipped to finish even if something goes as wrong.

But with a growing complement of Kelly family cars, his future time may be dispersed.

"Our whole family races, my wife Teena and daughter Tayla (10)," he said.

"We also sponsor Colleen Keogh.

"The best thing about this sport is you can drive out with your street car and have a go."

Kelly will be on track on Saturday for the final round.

CQDRA Final Round:

  • Benaraby Raceway
  • Saturday, November 22
  • Qualifying from 12.30pm
  • Racing from 5pm


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