April 19, 2019
Yatala driver Vikki Paxton stamped her ownership on the Wondai Sprints last weekend, recording the fastest time in the street event for the third year in a row.
In fact, she’s never been off the winner’s podium at Wondai, as she came third in the inaugural event back in 2016.
Paxton is lucky to be able to walk let alone drive a racing car.
In 1991, she was a promising Formula Ford driver when she was involved in a bad crash at Amaroo Park.
She ended up with a broken back, pelvis, ribs, jaw as well as internal and neck injuries.
After years of rehabilitation, Paxton climbed back into a race car, a Dallara F301 built by her husband, and the pair are now a common sight on the street sprints circuit.
The Sprints’ inaugural winner, Toowoomba driver Ray Vandersee, shone in his last lap on Sunday afternoon, shooting from fourth spot into second after a blistering run in his self-designed and self-built Skelta G-Force.
Wondai Sprints organisers told southburnett.com.au they were happy with the audience support for the weekend, with about 600 people through the gate on Saturday and more than a 1000 on Sunday.
Sunday’s entertainment also included a large show’n’shine in the adjoining Wondai sports fields.
1. Dallara F301 – Vikki Paxton (33) 0:51.2836
2. Skelta G-Force – Ray Vandersee (126) 0:53.0142
3. Readster MTR1 – Matthew Read (108) 0:53.8541
Slowest time: Austin 7 Sports Special – Justin McCarthy (123) 1:36.2559 (but it won its category, “Group JB Vintage Cars”)