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Women can burnout too

BURN BABY: Helen Raethke will be competing in this WB ute this afternoon at Carina Speedway.
BURN BABY: Helen Raethke will be competing in this WB ute this afternoon at Carina Speedway. Tony Scriven

BURNOUTS: Bundaberg's Helen Raethke is proving women can show men how it's done, one burnout at a time.

The racer will compete in the Bundy Burnouts at Carina Speedway for the first time today after missing out last year.

"I got into it because my other half (Ken Fox) got into it,” Raethke said.

"I like the adrenalin rush and it's also one of the safest motorsports.”

In a family affair, Raethke will compete in a WB Holden one-tonne ute while Fox will compete in a Holden Statesman.

"The WB is called Oh My God and the Statesman is called Cheeky, after my daughter,” she said.

"We like our cars to be built, not bought; we make sure everything can be done by us.”

Raethke is hoping the engine performs well today.

"You get judged by the way you do the burnout,” she said.

"I hope on the day I get consistent smoke and I can pop the tyres in the right way.”

Raethke said using the whole pad and evenly burning out each side of the tyres was vital to impress the judges.

The racer also had advice for girls wishing get involved.

"Just have confidence in yourself if you want to do it,” she said.

"Nobody's perfect and the best thing is going out there and giving it a go.

"Girls can do it and do it well.”

The ladies are one of four classes competing on the day alongside the pros, V8 and six-cylinder.

There will also be a Go 2 Whoa competition on offer during the meet and spectators will have the chance to go for a ride in a car.

A raffle has been put together by Darren Kimber and his family to support Trent Kimber, who has been ill recently.

Tickets will be sold on the day with five passenger rides given away to the lucky winners.

The action starts at 2.30pm with gates opening at 1pm.