Young Ravenswood-based quad bike racer Brooke Hollins dashed her way to a pair of national titles at the 2017 Polaris Australian ATV and Sidecar Motocross Championships in South Australia earlier this month.
The 11-year-old star became the first female to win dual national titles in the seven to under 11 limited and eight to under 12 modified classes after blitzing some fierce competition to take the win.
Brooke was forced to overcome a rough start to the championships when some minor issues on her Cobra 90cc bike saw her finish her first race in sixth position.
The youngster knew she would have to work hard to get back into the frame, and managed to take out first place in the ensuing race after some quick repairs.
A technical and difficult track to ride on posed a number of challenges to the budding star, but her quick thinking and impeccable line choices allowed her to finish in her first place and make history on her way to a pair of national titles.
Brooke said she was thrilled to become the first girl to take out the national titles.
“It was really exciting, the rides were a bit tough but it was really great to win it,” she said.
“To be the first girl to do it and show the boys up was pretty cool, too.”
Brooke put in a mammoth effort to compete in, and finish, a total 10 races across the weekend.
A number of riders dropped out in several races, but the Ravenswood star was able to complete all of her events on her way to the victory.
It’s been a full on 12 months for the young gun, who has taken to the track for a number of local, state and national competitions in the past year.
Now, she will continue to train as she sets her sights on the 2018 national championships.
The event is set to be held in Collie, one of two tracks Brooke trains with locally including Wanneroo.
“It’s going to be good to have the nationals at Collie,” she said.
“We won’t have to go far like we did this year.”
The up and comer has been racing quad bikes for almost four years, first taking up the sport at the age of seven.
Now she is fueled by a love of racing.
“I just really love to race – it’s so much fun,” she said.