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LAURA

BYRNES

Race Car Driver. Advocate for Women in Motorsport. Ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation

Laura is the driver of the team behind the wheel of the #44 Rocket in Late Models and #4 Sigma in Production Sedans,

 

At 4 foot 11, she is a pint sized pocket rocket determined to break down the stereotype of women in motorsport, and support pathways into the sport.

 

"I'm determined to show your size, height, gender and background are not barriers to participation in Motorsport. Life is too short not to chase your dreams."  

 

A first generation racer driving from the age of 11 in Junior Sedans, Laura was the Motorplex Track Champion in her Rookie season in Production Sedans in 2013 - the first Female to take this honour. She was named the sole Production Sedan driver to be accepted into the 2014 'Speedway Australia Rising Star Program', and subsequently attended the Australian Institute of Sport.

 

Other divisions Laura has competed in include; Modified Productions, Legend Cars, Super 6 Sedans and Mini Stocks (NZ).

 

Laura has received multiple scholarships for her dedication to racing, including from Layne Beachley's 'Aim for the Stars' Foundation and Sports Scholarship from the University of Western Australia. Laura is also a finalist in the 2021 7News Young Achiever Awards.

 

Laura is an ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation and has worked on multiple Motorsport committees including CAMS Women of Australian Motorsport (WAMS) and the Junior Sedan Racing Association of WA (JSRA).

 

In her first full season of Late Models, Laura has been named as Young Talent in Late Model racing Australia, finished 2nd Overall in the 2020 Winter Series and is the 2020/21 Rookie of the Year. She also finished in the top 10 for the Perth Motorplex Track Championship, and in the Pro Dirt Series (out of 37).

 

Laura was also a finalist in the 2021 7News WA Young Achiever Awards and has recently received the Shona Joy Scholarship from Women Sport Australia..

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