Dee Downes races around the bouys in Bigga Bitch Craft in the 850 Class at Sandy Hook on Sunday.
Dee Downes races around the bouys in Bigga Bitch Craft in the 850 Class at Sandy Hook on Sunday. Max Fleet

Downes dares men to keep up

DEE Downes plans to wage a battle of the sexes in the second round of the Elgas Series this weekend.

The only female competitor in the competition has her eyes set firmly on the Elgas Series title and has issued a stern warning to her male counterparts.

“Catch me if you can,” she said.

Downes, 24, sits in first place in the 850cc class of the series after a dominant first round in which she beat favoured Brisbane-based racer Don Farlow.

“Everything went right for me last time around and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure I have a repeat performance,” she said.

The third-generation power boat racer has been involved in the sport her entire life and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her father who claimed the

Australian title in 1985.

She began racing with the Bundaberg Racing Club four years ago and said she was immediately hooked by the thrill of racing.

“I think I went to my first race when I was about two months old,” she said.

“I’ve always been around boats and racing so it was only natural I’d want to try my hand at it one day.”

Downes enjoyed success in the series last year last in her boat “Bigga Bitch Craft”, achieving fifth overall and being named Competitor of the Year.

She hopes to claim the title this year and encourage more females into the sport.

“It’s going to pretty tough to hold on to the top spot but I’ll be out there giving it my best,” she said.

“We need more ladies out there to keep these boys in line.”

Racing will get under way at Sandy Hook 10am on Sunday with a competitors from across Queensland signed up to battle it out in the unlimited inboards, restricted Skiff / ski Class, 850cc, Open Outboard, Hydroplane and jetski categories.

Entry will be free with on-site catering available.



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