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Can Yarriambiack Shire CEO Jessie Beat The Heat?

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• I’M HERE: Smokey Four arrives in Warracknabeal with Beat the Heat team member, Danielle Richardson (L) and are greeted by Thomas Smith and Tania Drum (rear) and Towerpower proprietor, Mick Mayes while they check out the cars new home.

YARRIAMBIACK Shire Council CEO Jessie Holmes has thrown down the challenge to Beat The Heat racing team member Danielle Richardson.
Jessie will challenge Dani at the next Wimmera Off Street Drag Racing and Burnout Club Motorkhana in November 2018 for the title of ‘Fastest Lady’.
“Its great to see local youth involved in this program and also our Thrive Not Survive Engage program, which also involves our youth learning automotive skills with the Beat The Heat cars. We are all role models for young people, and here to show them that anyone can have a go and have a lot of fun in our local community,” she said.
A motorkhana is a timed precision driving test course, and consists of various challenges which build skills and confidence in participants.
Drivers as young as 12 years old can participate in these events with parent/guardian consent.
Motorkhanas are one of the ways that Wimmera Off Street Drag Racing Club is training its brand new officials and club members, many of whom are youth.
Beat The Heat is a youth motorsport mentoring program run by volunteers from Emergency Services.
This program brings young people into community motorsport and encourages young people to become leaders within local car clubs and their community.
The cars are known as Smokey Two to Smokey Six and also includes a small fleet of Deputy cars.
This program began as the Smokey One program of Calder Park Raceway in 1985 and has evolved into what it is today.
“We see a lot of youth coming along to community motorsport events and having a ball” said Dani.
“Its a family friendly atmosphere and all about tactile learning environments for young people.”
“Our program receives no government funding, and we have some very strong community links. Our facebook page is Beat The Heat Victoria. If you want to see our cars up close, Warracknabeal Tyrepower is the place to visit,” she said.
Wimmera Off Street Drag Racing Club will announce the date of their next club member motorkhana very soon, although their next event is Wimmera Eighth Mile Heads Up Elimination Drags on October 13.
Good luck Jessie and Dani. For any ladies (young or older) who are interested in motorsport, check out the Girls Torque facebook pages, these pages are aimed at increasing involvement of women and girls in motorsport across Australia.

• I’M HERE: Smokey Four arrives in Warracknabeal with Beat the Heat team member, Danielle Richardson (L) and are greeted by Thomas Smith and Tania Drum (rear) and Towerpower proprietor, Mick Mayes while they check out the cars new home.