Eleven year old Erica Robinson will make her racing debut at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night

David Kirkpatrick
Updated November 22 2022 - 10:28am, first published November 17 2022 - 11:23am
Erica Robinson's family have a strong history at Lismore Speedway as the 11-year-old makes her racing debut on Saturday. Picture by Cathy Adams
Erica Robinson's family have a strong history at Lismore Speedway as the 11-year-old makes her racing debut on Saturday. Picture by Cathy Adams

Erica Robinson is a chip off the old engine block and will make her motor racing debut at Lismore Speedway on Saturday.

Brisbane driver Kristy Bonsey will compete at Lismore Speedway on Saturday. Picture by David Kirkpatrick
Brisbane driver Kristy Bonsey will compete at Lismore Speedway on Saturday. Picture by David Kirkpatrick

The 11-year-old has a big future ahead of her if her family's pedigree in motorsport is anything to go by.

Her dad Mark is a star in the V8 Dirt Modified category and grandad Steve is one of Lismore Speedway's greats from yesteryear.

Erica is a long way off holding a driver's licence for the regular roads around town, but her speedway career began a "couple of months ago".

Dad Mark will be in her pit crew when she makes her competitive debut in the Junior Sedans on Saturday.

"I'm excited and a little bit nervous," she said.

"I got started just watching the Junior Sedans and dad.

"I am just want to have fun. It would be good if I had a couple more races, if I had a chance."

Her father Mark Robinson might be a nervous wreck watching his daughter from the sidelines come Saturday but has some realistic expectations.

"We just want her to get some laps, get some experience and just have fun and have a ball," he said.

"What we like about a class like this is she is 11 years old, can change gears, and when it comes into getting a car licence she has got a lot of experience."

Brisbane's Kristy Bonsey is another young gun to keep an eye out for on Saturday.

She has been racing since she was 15 years old and will be very competitive in the Modified Sedan division.

"I definitely come from a background in speedway and tried it once and have never looked back," she said.

"Most of my friends are in speedway because I have been around it my whole life."

Kristy competes against the men and finds speedway racing to be a great leveller.

"The race car doesn't know what gender you are, so it is pretty much equal," she said.

"Even to this day there are some guys that struggle with being beaten by a girl, I guess you could say.

"Most of them have respect for me now. I have been around for a long while."

Lismore Speedway is again hoping for good weather on Saturday and another big crowd of between 2,000 to 3,000 people.

David Kirkpatrick

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