Racing Queensland has selected sisters Danni-elle and Narissa McMullen to represent the local industry in an exciting new harness series which will determine which state is home to Australia’s best female driver.
The sisters will become the first siblings to represent Queensland in the same series when they contest the inaugural 2018 Australian Female Drivers Championship in Hobart on March 11, 2018.
Together they have shared 101 winners this season and sit within the top-10 on the Queensland Drivers’ Premiership as the state’s leading female drivers.
They also finished in the top-5 at the inaugural Seymour Group Lady Drivers Invitational at Albion Park in November, beating home the likes of Amanda Turnbull and Kate Gath.
“It’s great that we’ve both been chosen to represent the state and it’s another proud moment for our family,” Narissa said.
Narissa, the 2017 Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achiever Award-winner, heads into the series in red-hot form after taking the Australasian Young Drivers Championship for Queensland at Albion Park in December.
“It would be awesome to keep the winning run going,” she said.
Danni-elle is too having a stellar season to remember, with 45 winners from 262 runners.
In a format similar to the Australian Drivers Championship, the AFDC will see the six Australian state controlling bodies nominate two female drivers to determine a champion across one meeting.
The Championship is on the final night of the 2018 Team Teal campaign, which will help Women’s Cancer Foundation raise money for the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.
“The campaign helps raise money for an important cause, while helping to showcase our sport to a wider audience. It also shows just how generous people in the racing industry truly are,” Narissa said.
HRA Chairman Michael Taranto highlighted the calibre of the female drivers competing in the AFDC, and the important role it plays in spreading the Team Teal message.
‘‘The ladies who have assembled to support the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship is world class and speaks volumes of the influence of women in our sport,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to the AFDC and putting an exclamation mark on the amazing 2018 Team Teal campaign which has been running nationally since 1 February.”